Agnico Eagle Reports First Quarter 2015 Operating and Financial Results - Strong Operational Performance Drives Record Gold Production and Low Costs - Amaruq and Kittila Drill Programs Yield Positive Results

Stock Symbol:  AEM (NYSE and TSX)

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

TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM, TSX:AEM) ("Agnico Eagle" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income of $28.7 million, or net income of $0.13 per share for the first quarter of 2015.  This result includes a non-cash foreign currency translation loss on deferred tax liabilities of $23.3 million ($0.11 per share), various mark-to-market and other adjustment gains of $22.7 million ($0.11 per share), unrealized losses on financial instruments of $13.6 million ($0.06 per share), non-cash foreign currency translation gains of $11.7 million ($0.05 per share), non-cash stock option expense of $7.8 million ($0.04 per share) and non-recurring gains of $7.6 million ($0.03). Excluding these items would result in adjusted net income of $31.4 million ($0.15 per share) for the first quarter of 2015.  In the first quarter of 2014, the Company reported net income of $97.1 million or net income of $0.56 per share.

First quarter 2015 cash provided by operating activities was $143.5 million ($176.8 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital).  This compares to cash provided by operating activities of $250.4 million in the first quarter of 2014 ($207.2 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital).  The decrease in cash provided by operating activities before changes in working capital during the current period was largely due to lower realized gold and silver prices (down 8% and 17% respectively, period over period) and timing of sales which resulted in lower sales volumes relative to the ounces produced during the quarter.

"The year is off to a good start with continued strong operating performance from all of our mines.  This performance coupled with lower fuel prices and weaker local currencies, has also resulted in better than expected operating costs", said Sean Boyd, Chief Executive Officer.  "This year is also shaping up to be an exciting time on the exploration front, as we have drills operating at most of our mines and development projects.  Drilling at Kittila has potentially outlined a new zone parallel to the main mineralized trend, and infill drilling is underway at Amaruq, with initial results suggesting good potential to expand the resource base and ultimately enhance our Nunavut platform", added Mr. Boyd

First Quarter 2015 highlights include:

  • Record quarterly gold production - Payable gold production1 in Q1 2015 was 404,210 ounces of gold at total cash costs2 per ounce on a by-product basis of $588 and all-in sustaining costs3 ("AISC") of $804 per ounce
  • Record quarterly precious metal production in Mexico - In Q1 2015, payable gold and silver production was 89,077 ounces and 663,000 ounces respectively.  Total cash costs per ounce of gold on a by-product basis from our Mexico operations averaged $387
  • 2015 guidance reiterated - Expected production for 2015 is maintained at approximately 1.6 million ounces with total cash costs on a by-product basis of $610 to $630 per ounce and AISC of approximately $880 to $900 per ounce
  • Infill drilling at Amaruq continues to yield positive results - Drilling resumed in late March, and holes drilled from the ice on Whale Lake have yielded promising results including 14.0 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold over 18.9 meters, in one of four lenses cut by the same drill hole (AMQ15-168), as well as 15.3 g/t gold over 8.9 meters in another hole (AMQ15-172)
  • Drilling at Kittila yields deepest Suuri Trend intersection to date and indications of a new parallel zone - Drilling of the Suuri Trend below the Roura area has returned 5.3 g/t gold over 10 meters at a vertical depth of approximately 1.6 km (ROD14-004F). Drilling has also shown indications of a new parallel zone 150 meters east of the main zone with intersections including 7.0 g/t gold over 7.0 meters at almost 1.3 km depth (ROD14-005)
  • Continued focus on a strong balance sheet - In Q1 2015, $100 million was repaid under the Company's credit facility
  • A quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share declared
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1 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.
2 Total cash costs per ounce is a non-GAAP measure.  For a reconciliation to production costs, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures - Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced by Mine" below.  Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is presented on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (before by-product metal revenues). Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) for by-product revenues, unsold concentrate inventory production costs, smelting, refining and marketing charges and other adjustments, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment for by-product metal revenues is made. See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance". For information about the Company's total cash costs per ounce on a co-product basis please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Performance Measures".
3 All-in-sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure and is used to show the full cost of gold production from current operations. For a reconciliation to production costs, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures - Reconciliation of Production Costs to All-In Sustaining costs" below. The Company calculates All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced as the aggregate of total cash costs on a by-product basis, sustaining capital expenditures (including capitalized exploration), general and administrative expenses (including stock option expense) and reclamation expenses divided by the amount of gold produced.  All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment for by-product metal revenues is made.  The Company's methodology for calculating all-in sustaining costs may not be similar to the methodology used by other producers that disclose all-in sustaining costs. See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".  The Company may change the methodology it uses to calculate all-in sustaining costs in the future, including in response to the adoption of formal industry guidance regarding this measure by the World Gold Council.

First Quarter Financial and Production Highlights

In the first quarter of 2015, strong operational performance continued at the Company's mines, which led to record quarterly production.

Payable gold production in the first quarter of 2015 was a record 404,210 ounces compared to 366,421 ounces in the first quarter of 2014.  The higher level of production in the 2015 period was primarily due to the inclusion of Canadian Malartic, a full quarter of production at La India, increased throughput levels at Goldex, increased mill capacity at Kittila and higher grades and better recoveries at Pinos Altos.   A detailed description of the production and cost performance of each mine is set out below.

Total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis for the first quarter of 2015 were higher at $588 versus $537 per ounce for the first quarter 2014.  Total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis in the first quarter of 2015 were negatively impacted by lower zinc and copper production and lower realized silver and copper prices (down 17% and 21%, respectively, period over period) which were slightly offset by higher production levels at most of the Company's mines and weaker local currencies (C$ 2% lower, EURO 4% lower and MXP 15% lower when compared to the 2015 currency price assumptions, see February 11, 2015 news release) compared to the first quarter of 2014. 

Costs in the 2014 period were positively affected by record production and lower costs at Meadowbank (which processed the remaining high grade ore at the Portage and Goose deposits) and higher grades at LaRonde compared to the current period.

AISC for the first quarter of 2015 was $804 per ounce on a by-product basis, which is below 2015 guidance of $880 to $900 per ounce on a by-product basis. The lower AISC is primarily due to lower than forecast total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis in 2015 and timing of capital expenditures.

Cash Position Remains Strong and Debt Levels Reduced

Cash and cash equivalents and short term investments decreased to $172.1 million at March 31, 2015, from the December 31, 2014 balance of $215.3 million.  The outstanding balance on the $1.2 billion credit facility was reduced from $500 million at December 31, 2014 to $400 million at March 31, 2015.

Total capital expenditures made by the Company in the first quarter of 2015 were $82.9 million, including $16.6 million at LaRonde, $12.0 million at Pinos Altos, $10.7 million at Canadian Malartic, $10.4 million at Kittila, $10.0 million at Goldex, $9.4 million at Meadowbank, $8.4 million at Meliadine, $2.8 million at Lapa, $2.3 million at La India and $0.3 million at Creston Mascota.

Sustaining capital expenditures made by the Company in the first quarter were $60.8 million, including $16.6 million at LaRonde, $9.4 million at Meadowbank, $9.2 million at Canadian Malartic, $8.9 million at Kittila, $7.0 million at Pinos Altos, $4.3 million at Goldex, $2.8 million at Lapa, $2.3 million at La India and $0.3 million at Creston Mascota.

The Company has adopted a phased approach to capital and exploration spending in 2015 and anticipates the potential for increased expenditures on select projects (if merited based on positive results).  Projects that may warrant additional spending include Amaruq, El Barqueno, Goldex and Meliadine. 

As of March 31, 2015, the Company had drawn down $400 million on its $1.2 billion credit facility.  This results in available lines of approximately $800 million, excluding another $300 million available in an accordion feature. 

First Quarter 2015 Results Conference Call and Webcast Tomorrow

The Company's senior management will host a conference call on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss financial results and provide an update of the Company's operating activities.

Via Webcast:

A live audio webcast of the meeting will be available on the Company's website www.agnicoeagle.com.   

Via Telephone:

For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 1-416-260-0113 or Toll-free 1-800-524-8950.  To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay Archive:

Please dial 1-647-436-0148 or Toll-free 1-888-203-1112, access code 6926383. The conference call replay will expire on June 1, 2015.

The webcast, along with presentation slides, will be archived for 180 days on www.agnicoeagle.com

Annual and Special General Meeting ("AGM")

The AGM will begin on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM (E.D.T.).  The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel (Dominion Ballroom) located at 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.  For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will be accessible on the internet or by telephone, as set out below.

Via Webcast:

A live audio webcast of the AGM will be available on the Company's website www.agnicoeagle.com

Via Telephone:

For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 1-416-260-0113 or Toll-free 1-800-524-8950.  To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the AGM.

Replay Archive:

Please dial 1-647-436-0148 or Toll-free 1-888-203-1112, access code 7989565. The conference call replay will expire on June 1, 2015.

The webcast, along with presentation slides, will be archived for 180 days on www.agnicoeagle.com

Northern Business Operating Review

LaRonde Mine - Strong Development Performance Supports 2015 Production Levels

The 100% owned LaRonde mine in northwestern Quebec achieved commercial production in 1988.

The LaRonde mill processed an average of 6,203 tonnes per day ("tpd") in the first quarter of 2015, compared with an average of 6,192 tpd in the corresponding period of 2014.  Minesite costs per tonne4 were approximately C$104 in the first quarter of 2015, higher than the C$99 per tonne experienced in the first quarter of 2014.  The increased costs in the 2015 period were primarily due to temporary issues with the paste fill piping network, and higher drilling costs associated with increased ore hardness in some of the production stopes in March compared to the prior-year period.

LaRonde's total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis were $703 in the first quarter of 2015 on payable production of 58,893 ounces of gold.  This compares with the first quarter of 2014 when total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis were $574 on production of 59,352 ounces of gold.  Cash costs and production in the 2015 period were negatively impacted by higher minesite costs per tonne (see above), slightly lower gold grades and lower by-product revenues as a consequence of stope re-sequencing in the upper mine.  The stope re-sequencing led to overall lower zinc grades and recoveries than expected.  These stopes have been rescheduled for mining in the second and third quarters of 2015. 

Work continued on the installation of the coarse ore conveyor system that will extend from the 293 level to the crusher on the 280 level.  This new conveyor, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of September 2015, should help mining flexibility and reduce congestion in the deeper portions of the mine.

Studies are progressing to assess the potential to extend the reserve base and carry out mining activities between the 311 and 371 levels at LaRonde.  At present, the reserve base extends to the 311 level, which is 3.1 kilometers below the surface.  In 2014, conversion drilling added approximately 444,000 ounces of gold (2.6 million tonnes at 5.33 g/t gold) to the indicated resources between the 311 and 341 levels.  Two drill holes are underway to extend the mineralization to the 371 level (a depth of 3.7 km below the surface).

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4 Minesite costs per tonne is a non-GAAP measure. For a reconciliation of this measure to production costs as reported in the financial statements, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures - Reconciliation of Production Costs to Minesite Costs per Tonne by Mine" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

Canadian Malartic Mine - Record Gold Production in March

In June 2014, Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold Inc. ("Yamana") acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Osisko Mining Corporation and created the Canadian Malartic General partnership (the "Partnership") that now owns and operates the Canadian Malartic mine in northwestern Quebec through a joint management committee.  Each of Agnico Eagle and Yamana have an indirect 50% ownership interest in the Partnership.

During the first quarter of 2015, the Canadian Malartic mill (on a 100% basis) processed an average of 51,988 tpd.  Mill throughput levels in January averaged 48,629 tpd which was below budget largely due to difficult winter conditions.  Throughput returned to normal levels in February and March, averaging 53,753 tpd.

Minesite costs per tonne were approximately C$20 (C$23 including royalties), which was in line with guidance.  The average stripping ratio in the first quarter of 2015 was 2.0 to 1.0. 

For the first three months of 2015, Agnico Eagle's share of production at the Canadian Malartic mine was 67,893 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $632 on a by-product basis.  Production in March was a record 54,013 ounces (100% basis), largely driven by higher grade ore from the North Zone. 

Since acquiring the mine in June 2014, the Partnership has been looking at a variety of ways to optimize the operations. The current crushing and grinding circuit has a nameplate capacity of 55,000 tpd.  Optimization efforts are ongoing with a focus on modification of the SAG mill liners and certain components of the crushing system.  In addition, the Partnership is looking at opportunities to reduce the number of annual planned shutdowns.

In February 2015, the Partnership announced that throughput levels were forecast to be approximately 52,500 tpd in the first half of 2015, increasing to approximately 55,000 tpd in the second half of 2015.  The potential second half increase in throughput in 2015 was partly contingent upon updating the existing operating permits.  Discussions are ongoing with permitting authorities in regards to pre-crushing activities.  Currently, crushing levels are expected to remain in a range of 53,000 to 55,000 tpd through 2016.  For the full year 2015, Agnico Eagle's estimated share of production from Canadian Malartic remains unchanged at 280,000 ounces.

Permitting activities for the Barnat Extension and deviation of Highway 117 are continuing.  An Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") was submitted in February 2015, and the first series of questions was received from permitting authorities in mid-April.  The process continues as planned.

In March 2015, the Partnership acquired an additional 30% interest in Malartic CHL property from Abitibi Royalties Inc. (RZZ:TSX-V) in exchange for 459,197 Agnico Eagle common shares and 3,549,695 Yamana common shares for aggregate consideration of approximately C$35.0 million and a 3% net smelter return royalties to each of Abitibi Royalties Inc. and Osisko Gold Royalties (OR:TSX).  The Partnership now owns a 100% interest in the Malartic CHL property.

The Malartic CHL property adjoins the Canadian Malartic mine to the east and hosts in part the Odyssey North discovery, the Jeffrey gold deposit and the eastern nose of the Barnat gold deposit.

Drilling has resumed on the Odyssey North and South Zones and to date, two holes have been drilled.  Data from these two holes is currently being compiled and interpreted.  In 2015, drilling is planned on the Odyssey zones with a proposed budget of $3.0 million.

Exploration Update on Pandora and Kirkland Lake Projects

In addition to joint, indirect ownership of the Canadian Malartic mine, through the Partnership, Canadian Malartic Corporation, a company in which each of Agnico Eagle and Yamana have an indirect 50% interest is exploring a portfolio of properties in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and the Pandora property in the Abitibi region of Quebec

At the Upper Beaver property in Kirkland Lake, a resource update is currently underway.  Data from this update are planned to be incorporated in a new technical study.

Elsewhere in the Kirkland Lake region, data review is underway on the Upper Canada property.  A hole was recently drilled on the property to test the extension of the C Zone, and assay results are pending.  Additional exploration work may be carried out after the data review is completed.

At Pandora, eight holes were drilled to test the North and South Branch zones near the surface, and the data are being integrated with previous drill results. 

Underground development on the 101-W Exploration drift at the adjacent Lapa mine commenced in February and approximately 149 meters of drifting was completed during the quarter. In 2015, approximately 950 meters of drifting is scheduled to be carried out. In early Q3 2015, a drill program is expected to commence to test the mineralization at the South Branch target from underground. 

Lapa - Higher grades and recoveries continue from Zulapa Z7 Zone

The 100% owned Lapa mine in northwestern Quebec achieved commercial production in May 2009.

The Lapa circuit, located at the LaRonde mill, processed an average of 1,690 tpd in the first quarter of 2015.  This compares with an average of 1,749 tpd in the first quarter of 2014. The lower throughput in the 2015 period was largely due to a reduction in the number of stopes available for mining during the quarter and the complexity of mining at greater depths compared to the 2014 period.

Minesite costs per tonne were C$119 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the C$108 realized in the first quarter of 2014.  Costs in the 2015 period were higher due to higher labour and maintenance costs compared to the same period in 2014.

Payable production in the first quarter of 2015 was 25,920 ounces of gold at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $568.  This compares with the first quarter of 2014, when production was 23,409 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $662.  In the 2015 period, production was higher and costs were lower due to higher gold grades, better recoveries and favourable foreign exchange rates.

At Lapa, 2015 is the last full year of production based on the current life of mine plan.  In 2016, production is expected to exhibit a decline from the current level.  Additional exploration drilling in the Zulapa Z7 zone at depth and on the adjoining Pandora property could potentially extend the mine life (see discussion under the "Exploration Update on Pandora and Kirkland Lake Projects" above).

Goldex - Deep Zone Development Expected to Accelerate Through Year-end 2015 

The 100% owned Goldex mine in northwestern Quebec began operation in 2008 but mining operations in the original Goldex Extension Zone ("GEZ") orebody were suspended in October 2011 (see October 19, 2011 news release). In July 2012, the M and E satellite zones were approved for development. Mining operations at GEZ remain suspended.  Mining operations resumed on the M and E satellite zones in September 2013.

The Goldex mill processed an average of 6,294 tpd in the first quarter of 2015.  This compares with an average of 5,393 tpd in the first quarter of 2014. The higher throughput in the 2015 period was due to more mature mining fronts and productivity improvements compared to the 2014 period.

Minesite costs per tonne were approximately C$34 in the first quarter of 2015, higher than the C$31 per tonne experienced in the first quarter of 2014.  The increase in costs over the prior-year period is partly due to accelerated mining rates and higher throughput levels.

Payable gold production in the first quarter of 2015 was 29,250 ounces of gold at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $541. This compares with the first quarter of 2014, when production was 19,430 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $762.  The decrease in total cash costs in the 2015 period was largely a result of increased production (due to higher tonnage, gold grades and recoveries) and favourable foreign exchange rates, partially offset by higher consumable costs compared to the 2014 period.

The M2 and M5 zones have been added to the mine plan, conversion drilling has been completed on the M3 and M4 satellite zones, and work is underway to incorporate these zones into the reserve base later this year.

Accelerated development of the exploration ramp into the DX zone (the top of the Deep zone) continues.  In the first quarter of 2015, approximately 1.2 km of development was completed below level 85. This ramp is designed to provide access for additional exploration drilling, with a goal of outlining a mineable reserve and the completion of a technical study by late 2015 or early 2016.  Development of the Deep zone would have the potential to extend the mine's life past the current estimated life-of-mine of 2017.

In January 2014, Agnico Eagle acquired the Akasaba West gold-copper deposit from Alexandria Minerals (AZX:TSXV). Located less than 30 km from Goldex, the Akasaba West deposit could potentially create flexibility and synergies for the Company's operations in the Abitibi region by utilizing extra milling capacity at both Goldex and LaRonde, while reducing overall costs. Akasaba currently hosts an indicated resource of approximately 200,000 ounces (8.1 million tonnes at 0.77 g/t gold and 0.44% copper).

An EIA on the Akasaba West deposit is expected to be submitted in June, which will allow the BAP process to commence. The Company anticipates the EIA approval in the fall of 2017.

Meadowbank - Vault Optimization Studies on Track for Delivery in H2 2015

The 100% owned Meadowbank mine in Nunavut, northern Canada, achieved commercial production in March 2010.

The Meadowbank mill processed an average of 11,006 tpd in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the 11,047 tpd achieved in the first quarter of 2014.  Year-over-year mill throughput levels were relatively stable due to ongoing improvements in equipment availability and maintenance which offset the fact that tonnage in the 2015 period was slightly lower due to a higher percentage of Vault ore processed (which has a higher hardness factor).

Minesite costs per tonne were a record low C$71 in the first quarter.  These costs were lower than the C$76 per tonne in the first quarter of 2014.  The improvement in costs per tonne was primarily due to reduced labour costs and lower reagent consumption, compared to the respective 2014 period.

Payable production in the first quarter of 2015 was 88,523 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $655.  This compares with the first quarter of 2014 when 156,444 ounces were produced at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $434.  The lower production and higher costs in the 2015 period compared to the 2014 period are primarily due to the processing of lower grade ore (down 41%) and lower recoveries (down 3.9%).  The first quarter of 2014 was the final quarter of the high grade ore from the Goose and Portage pits.

Production levels are expected to gradually decline from 2015 to 2017 due to a decline in grade as the current reserve base is depleted.  In 2015, approximately 45% of the production is expected to occur in the first half of the year. Production is expected to increase in the second half of 2015 due to higher grades being mined from the Portage E3 pit.

In 2013, approximately 246,000 ounces were removed from reserves at the Vault deposit due to a change in the gold price assumption used to calculate reserves at December 31, 2013.  Considering the currently favourable US to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate and lower fuel costs, the Company is evaluating the potential for a portion of these ounces to be added back into the mine plan at Meadowbank starting in 2017 which would extend the mine life.  This decision may lead to revisions in the previously announced Meadowbank guidance.  An infill drilling program is planned to better define the Vault resources, and a decision whether to proceed with the extraction of these additional ounces will likely be made in the second half of 2015.

Kittila - Drilling Extends Resources to Depth and Outlines a New Parallel Zone

The 100% owned Kittila mine in northern Finland achieved commercial production in 2009.

The Kittila mill processed an average of 3,836 tpd in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the 3,414 tpd in the first quarter of 2014. The higher throughput in the 2015 period is a reflection of the mill expansion completed in the fourth quarter of 2014, offset in part by a 10-day scheduled maintenance shutdown at the end of March. A second maintenance shutdown is scheduled for October 2015.

Minesite costs per tonne at Kittila were approximately €77 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to €73 in the first quarter of 2014.  Costs increased in the first quarter of 2015 due to the increased usage of contractors in the underground portion of the mine and during the mill shutdown, when compared with the 2014 period.

With the expansion, the mill has shown potential to operate in excess of 4,000 tpd and efforts are ongoing to assess the optimal throughput rate.  In conjunction, the Company is also working to optimize underground mining rates.  Unit costs are expected to improve once steady state operations are achieved.

First quarter 2015 payable gold production at Kittila was 44,654 ounces with a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $681.  In the first quarter of 2014, the mine produced 38,552 ounces at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $795.  The higher production in the 2015 period is related to the increased mill capacity compared to the 2014 period.  Costs decreased in the first quarter of 2015 primarily due to lower costs for consumables, energy and a favourable foreign exchange rate.

Drilling from the main exploration ramp at Kittila has outlined a significant zone of mineralization with potentially wider widths and better grades than those currently being mined.  The main underground ramp at Kittila is being extended to reach the Rimpi Zone and a new surface ramp is also being developed to access the shallower portions of the Rimpi deposit.  The surface ramp had advanced 587 meters to the 89 level by the end of March. 

At the Kuotko deposit, located approximately 15 kilometers north of Kittila, drilling is underway to infill and expand the existing approximately 170,000 ounce inferred resource (1.8 million tonnes at 2.9 g/t gold).  Upon completion of the drilling, studies will be carried out to assess the viability of mining the deposit via an open pit.  If the studies are positive, permit applications would then be expected to be submitted by the end of 2015.

Deep drilling along the Suuri Trend continues to yield positive results and confirm the downward extension of mineralization. Recent deep drilling (see composite longitudinal section below) has intersected 5.3 g/t gold over 10 meters at a depth of approximately 1,550 meters below surface in hole ROD14-004F.  This is the deepest intersection drilled to date at Kittila, and is approximately 100 meters below the current resource envelope.

Kittila Composite longitudinal section

Drilling has also indicated the potential for a new parallel lens of mineralization approximately 1.3 kilometers below surface and 150 meters east of the main Kittila ore zone and within the sheared and altered structure that hosts the known Kittila deposits (see cross section below).  A recent hole in this area (ROD14-005) yielded 7.0 g/t gold (uncapped) over 7.0 meters (estimated true width) at 1,258 meters below surface.  Hole ROU10-37 previously drilled from surface in 2011 intersected this lens, yielding 10.2 g/t gold (uncapped) over 5.6 meters (estimated true width) at a depth of almost 1,200 meters below surface and 500 meters south of hole ROD14-005. 

This new lens is near the proposed Kittila shaft location, and could provide additional tonnage, should further drilling confirm the continuity of the mineralization.  A second underground heavy drill rig will be added to further assess the extent of this new parallel zone.

Details on this new drilling at Kittila are provided in the tables below.

Kittila cross section

Recent exploration drill results from the Kittila mine

Drill hole Zone From
(meters)
To
(meters)
Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(meters)
Estimated
true width
(meters)
Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)
ROU10-037* new parallel
lens
1,299 1,311 1,197 5.6 10.2
ROD14-003 Suuri Trend deep 369 388 1,047 11.5 7.8
  including   370 376 1,041 3.6 12.5
  and new parallel
lens
576 580 1,195 3.1 5.3
ROD14-004F Suuri Trend deep 839.5 870 1,550 10.0 5.3
ROD14-005 Suuri Trend deep 404 408.3 1,089 2.7 5.7
  and Suuri Trend deep 416 421.8 1,099 3.7 3.1
  and new parallel
lens
628 641.2 1,258 7.0 7.0
ROU14-009 Suuri Trend deep 182 185 861 2.4 7.3
ROD-0763-15-602B Suuri Trend deep 797 810 1,508 8.2 5.2

* Hole ROU10-037 intercept reported in Company news release dated April 28, 2011 as 9.5 g/t gold over 6.0 meters.

Kittila mine exploration drill collar coordinates

  Drill collar coordinates*
Drill hole ID UTM North UTM East Elevation
(meters
above sea
level)
Azimuth Dip
(degrees)
Length
(meters)
ROU10-037 7537870 2559401 252 271 -80 1,616
ROD14-003 7538198 2558631 -514 091 -58 690
ROD14-004F 7538199 2558631 -515 085 -77 921
ROD14-005 7538298 2558630 -529 088 -61 726
ROU14-009 7538300 2558634 -528 089 -38 349
ROD-0763-15-602B 7538399 2558630 -543 090 -78 1,167

* Finnish Coordinate System KKJ Zone 2 

Meliadine - Updated NI 43-101 Technical Report Completed and Project Certificate Received   

The Meliadine project was acquired in July 2010 and is the Company's largest development project based on reserves and resources. The Company has a 100% interest in the 111,757 hectare property, which is linked to the town of Rankin Inlet in Nunavut by a 25 kilometer all-weather access road.

On January 27, 2015, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for Canada approved the environmental assessment findings and recommendations made by the Nunavut Impact Review Board ("NIRB") on their Part 5 Review of the Meliadine project under the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement. Subsequently, the NIRB issued the Project Certificate on February 26, 2015.

The issuance of the Project Certificate enables Agnico Eagle to apply for the various operating permits, licences and authorizations required to start construction and operation of a gold mine at Meliadine. One of the key permits is the Type A Water License which authorizes all water use and waste disposal requirements for the Meliadine mine during the construction, operation and ultimate reclamation phases of the project. The Company is currently working on this application with the intent to file with the Nunavut Water Board in the next few weeks.

On March 12, 2015, the Company completed and filed with Canadian securities regulators an updated National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") technical report on the Meliadine gold project.

The updated technical study is based on extracting only the 3.3 million ounces of gold in proven and probable mineral reserves (13.9 million tonnes of ore at 7.44 g/t gold), which is all contained in the Tiriganiaq and Wesmeg deposits.

Internal studies suggest that if the mine were to be developed there could be considerably more gold available to be added to the mine plan from the Tiriganiaq and Westmeg/Normeg deposits, which could potentially extend the mine life and increase the after-tax internal rate of return ("IRR"). 

In addition to the reserves, the project contains 3.3 million ounces of gold in indicated mineral resources (20.2 million tonnes at 5.06 g/t gold) and 3.5 million ounces of gold in inferred mineral resources (14.1 million tonnes at 7.65 g/t gold).  The mineralization remains open at depth and there appears to be good potential for additional discoveries along the 80km greenstone belt.

Summary of the Meliadine Project Key Facts and Parameters

Proven & probable reserves       13.9 million tonnes of ore grading 7.44 g/t
gold (3.3 million oz)
         
Expected average annual gold production       Approximately 326,000 ounces (years 1 - 3)

Approximately 362,000 ounces (years 4 - 9)
         
Expected average total cash costs on a by-
product basis
      Approximately $531 per ounce of gold produced
         
Expected mine life       Approximately 9 years
         
Expected initial capital costs       Approximately $911 million
         
Expected sustaining capital costs       Approximately $357 million
         
Expected after-tax IRR

Expected after-tax NPV (at a 5% discount rate)
      Approximately 10.3%

Approximately $267 million

Assumptions for Economic Analysis

$1,300 per ounce gold
US$/C$ exchange rate of $1.15
Statutory tax rate: approximately 26%

The current capital budget at Meliadine for 2015 is approximately $64 million. Of this total, approximately $21 million will be allocated towards planned underground development (2,500 meters). This development will allow for cost-effective exploration and conversion drilling of the deeper parts of the Tiriganiaq and Wesmeg/Normeg deposits, and help to optimize potential mining plans. At the end of March 2015, approximately 465 meters of underground development had been completed this year.

The Company is currently studying various options and alternatives in Nunavut to capitalize on the large and growing resource base in the region and to maximize value. The timing of future capital expenditures on the Meliadine project beyond 2015 and the determination of whether to build a mine at Meliadine are subject to Board approval, prevailing market conditions and outcomes of the various potential scenarios being evaluated. 

Amaruq Project - 2015 Program Underway, Area Under Whale Lake Yielding Positive Drill Results

On March 25, 2015, drilling recommenced on the Amaruq project, which is located in Nunavut, approximately 50 kilometers northwest of the Meadowbank mine. At the end of April, there were four drill rigs in operation on the project, with another four expected shortly.

Agnico Eagle has a 100% interest in the Amaruq project. The large property consists of 114,761 hectares of Inuit-owned and federal crown land. Agnico Eagle acquired its initial interest in April 2013.  In February 2015, the Company announced an initial inferred mineral resource containing 1.5 million ounces of gold (6.6 million tonnes at 7.07 g/t gold) at the project, based on drilling from 2013 through October 2014.

A few holes of the 2014 drill program that were angled underneath the north end of Whale Lake, such as hole IVR14-144, intersected gold mineralization between the two parts of the Whale Tail deposit on the east and west sides of the lake. The 2015 program has confirmed those results, demonstrating that the Whale Tail deposit continues across the north end of Whale Lake. Ten holes drilled from the ice or the shore at the beginning of the program in 2015 located gold under the lake. Their intercepts are displayed in the table below, and the drill hole coordinates are located in the table as well as the Amaruq project local geology map. The pierce points are shown on the Whale Tail composite longitudinal section.

Recent exploration drill results from the Whale Tail deposit, Amaruq project

Drill hole  Location  From
 (meters) 
 To
 (meters)  
Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
 (meters) 
 Estimated 
true width
(meters)
Gold grade
(g/t)
 (uncapped) 
Gold
 grade (g/t) 
(capped)*
IVR14-144**   Central 400.0 415.5 339 12.7 8.7 8.7
IVR14-157 East 255.6 275.9 198 16.0 2.8 2.8
  including   268.0 275.9 193 7.2 4.3 4.3
AMQ15-161 East 147.4 151.5 113 3.6 6.0 6.0
AMQ15-162 Central 78.0 83.0 65 4.4 12.6 12.6
AMQ15-163 Central 92.6 97.3 78 4.3 7.8 7.8
AMQ15-164 Central 65.0 68.0 53 2.8 5.3 5.3
AMQ15-165 Central 150.7 153.9 120 2.8 6.0 6.0
  and   196.0 200.3 157 3.1 29.0 16.8
AMQ15-166 Central 127.0 130.2 101 2.8 10.5 10.5
  and   151.5 156.2 120 4.3 5.2 5.2
AMQ15-168 Central 105.7 114.4 90 8.2 5.1 5.1
  and   121.4 142.2 108 18.9 21.8 14.0
  and   145.6 157.0 123 10.4 7.0 7.0
  and   163.0 170.6 136 7.4 4.6 4.6
AMQ15-169 Central 85.0 89.0 72 3.6 12.8 12.8
  and   124.0 128.3 105 3.1 7.0 7.0
AMQ15-172 Central 43.7 47.6 38 3.4 4.1 4.1
  and   56.0 59.5 49 3.0 25.6 17.7
  and   98.3 107.8 87 8.9 15.3 15.3
AMQ15-174 Central 118.3 122.3 98 3.4 7.6 7.6
  and   129.6 153.0 117 19.9 11.9 11.9
  including   130.4 146.0 113 13.3 14.8 14.8
* Holes at Amaruq use a capping factor of 60 g/t gold.
** Hole IVR14-144 previously released in Company's news release dated November 11, 2014

 

Amaruq project exploration drill collar coordinates

  Drill collar coordinates*
Drill hole ID UTM North UTM East Elevation
(meters
above
sea
level)
Azimuth Dip
(degrees)
Length
(meters)
IVR14-144 7255212 606758 156 354 -54 523
IVR14-157 7255492 607099 155 295 -49 324
AMQ15-161 7255697 607110 157 322 -50 180
AMQ15-162 7255710 607048 153 324 -55 150
AMQ15-163 7255621 606997 153 322 -57 156
AMQ15-164 7255630 606953 153 323 -54 144
AMQ15-165 7255573 606948 153 324 -55 237
AMQ15-166 7255419 606736 153 322 -52 166
AMQ15-168 7255492 606971 153 323 -58 243
AMQ15-169 7255468 606772 153 323 -57 276
AMQ15-172 7255499 606882 153 323 -57 171
AMQ15-174 7255423 606805 153 323 -58 225

* Coordinate System UTM Nad 83 zone 14

One of the deepest of the holes testing the area beneath Whale Lake this winter is hole AMQ15-168, which intersected four mineralized lenses between 90 and 136 meters below surface including 14.0 g/t gold (capped grade) over 18.9 meters estimated true width at 108 meters below surface. About 180 meters to the west-southwest, hole AMQ15-174 had a similar intersection suggesting good continuity: 14.8 g/t gold (capped grade) over 13.3 meters estimated true width at 113 meters depth.  Between these two, hole AMQ15-172 intersected three shallower lenses between 38 and 87 meters below surface, including 15.3 g/t gold (capped grade) over 8.9 meters estimated true width at 87 meters depth.

Hole IVR14-157, drilled at the end of last year's program and not previously released, intersected the deepest mineralization so far on the east side of Whale Lake, cutting 4.3 g/t gold (capped grade) over 7.2 meters estimated true width at 193 meters depth.

The picture that is emerging is that the Whale Tail deposit is contained in one to two parallel lenses to the east of Whale Lake, whereas the deposit splits into four or five parallel lenses underneath and to the west of the lake. The deposit is continuous over at least 1.2 kilometers strike length and extends from surface to more than 350 meters depth. It remains open at depth and to the southwest.

Amaruq project local geology map

Amaruq project - Whale Tail composite longitudinal section

All intercepts reported for the Amaruq project show capped grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that will be updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

The initial 2015 drill program of 50,000 meters is expected to be completed by the end of June. Besides testing the area beneath Whale Lake, the winter/spring drill program will infill the area of the inferred resources at a suitable spacing to convert inferred to indicated resources to open-pit mineable depths (surface to 200 meters deep).  Mineralization is open at depth and to the west.  An updated resource is expected by the end of this summer following the completion of the initial drill program.  Studies are ongoing to evaluate the potential to develop the Amaruq deposit as a satellite operation to Meadowbank.

The initial program includes step out drilling to the west of the known deposits and reconnaissance drilling starting in May at Mammoth Lake, immediately southwest of the current Whale Tail deposit. A 15-hole, 5,000-meter reconnaissance program will test the high-priority targets at Mammoth Lake developed by prospecting and geophysical surveys last year. 

Transportation between the Amaruq project and the Meadowbank mine is currently via a winter road. In March, a permit application was submitted to the authorities for the possible construction of an all-weather exploration road linking the Amaruq exploration site to the Meadowbank mine, which would facilitate exploration activities such as fuel, equipment and personnel transportation.

Southern Business Operating Review

Pinos Altos - Strong Performance Driven by Throughput and Higher Grades

The 100% owned Pinos Altos mine in northern Mexico achieved commercial production in November 2009.

The Pinos Altos mill processed 5,661 tpd in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 5,382 tpd processed in the first quarter of 2014. During the first quarter of 2015, approximately 74,300 tonnes of ore were stacked on the leach pad at Pinos Altos, compared to 139,100 tonnes in the comparable 2014 period. Minesite costs per tonne at Pinos Altos were $46 in the first quarter of 2015, slightly lower than the $49 in the first quarter of 2014.  The difference in minesite costs per tonne was largely attributable to variations in the proportion of heap leach ore to milled ore and open pit ore to underground ore, currency variations and routine fluctuations in the waste to ore stripping ratio in the open pit mines.

Payable production in the first quarter of 2015 was 50,106 ounces of gold at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $357. This compares with production of 45,217 ounces at total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $480 in the first quarter of 2014. Higher production in 2015 is largely due to higher grades processed over the comparable period last year. The decrease in the year over year total cash costs per ounce is largely due to higher silver production (offset, in part by a decline in realized silver prices), and favourable foreign exchange rates compared to the prior year period.

The Pinos Altos shaft sinking project remains on schedule for completion in 2016.  At the end of Q1 2015, the shaft had reached a depth of approximately 532 meters, and development activities had commenced on level 27. When the shaft is completed, it will allow better matching of the mill capacity with the future mining capacity at Pinos Altos once the open pit mining operation begins to wind down as planned over the next several years.

The Company continues to evaluate a number of regional satellite opportunities.  A 6,000 metre in-fill and conversion drill program is underway on the Sinter deposit.  The results are scheduled to be incorporated into a scoping study along with metallurgical testing and geotechnical data in order to better understand the development potential of this zone.

Creston Mascota Deposit at Pinos Altos - Additional Ore Mined Outside of the Block Model

The Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos has been operating as a satellite operation to the Pinos Altos mine since late 2010. 

Approximately 527,000 tonnes of ore were stacked on the Creston Mascota leach pad during the first quarter of 2015, compared to approximately 378,900 tonnes stacked in the first quarter of 2014.  In the 2015 period, additional ore was encountered outside the block model, which resulted in more tonnes at lower grades being stacked compared to the 2014 period.  Minesite costs per tonne at Creston Mascota were $11 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $17 in the first quarter of 2014. Costs in the 2015 period were lower due to currency fluctuations, a reduced stripping ratio, lower fuel consumption and reduced power requirements compared to the 2014 period. 

Payable gold production at Creston Mascota in the first quarter of 2015 was 12,448 ounces at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $444. This compares to 10,317 ounces at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $598 during the first quarter of 2014. Production was higher in the 2015 period due to more tonnes stacked, compared to the 2014 period.  Cash costs were lower in the 2015 period based on lower minesite costs per tonne (see above), increased production and a favourable foreign exchange rate compared to the 2014 period.

Geotechnical field work is underway on the Phase 4 leach pad at Creston Mascota, and a 5,000 metre infill and conversion drill program is planned on the Bravo satellite zone.

La India - New Record for Quarterly Gold Production

The La India mine property in Sonora, Mexico, located approximately 70 kilometers from the Company's Pinos Altos mine, was acquired in November 2011 through the purchase of Grayd Resources, which held a 56,000 hectare land position in the Mulatos Gold belt. Commissioning of the mine commenced ahead of schedule in the third quarter of 2013 and commercial production was declared as of February 1, 2014.

Approximately 1,378,500 tonnes of ore were stacked on the La India leach pad during the first quarter of 2015, compared to approximately 1,018,900 tonnes stacked in the first quarter of 2014. Minesite costs per tonne at La India were $9 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the $7 in the first quarter of 2014. Tonnage and costs in the 2014 period were lower given that the operations were still ramping up to design levels. 

Payable gold production at La India in the first quarter of 2015 was a record 26,523 ounces due to higher than expected grades and tonnage stacked.  The total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis was $418.  Production in the first quarter of 2014 was 10,208 ounces at a total cash costs per ounce on a by-product basis of $426.  The 2014 period reflected only two months of commercial production.  Total cash costs in the 2015 period were favourably impacted by higher production volumes and favourable foreign exchange rates.  

A contractor has been mobilized and earthworks are in progress on the second phase leach pad.  This leach pad expansion will provide the capacity for the current planned life-of-mine production at La India.  

An opportunity was identified to develop a previously unknown water aquifer adjacent and downstream from the storm water retention pond at La India.  The water well has been completed and initial indications suggest that this new supply could secure supplemental water capacity of 10-20% of the total project requirements at a lower cost.  A high capacity pump will be installed during the second quarter of 2015 to test the ultimate capacity of this well. If successful, this new water source could defer some of the planned capital expenditures for future water reservoirs and could also provide additional water supply for any potential expansion.

In the first quarter 2015, the El Realito concession was acquired from Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI:TSX).  This acquisition consolidates the land position between the La India and Main Zones, and could provide additional resource potential at La India.  A drill program is planned for later this year to investigate the potential for the discovery of additional resources.

The Company is also evaluating exploration programs to test resource halos around the current pits and to test for mineralization between the currently defined ore bodies. In addition, initial studies are underway to evaluate the potential to expand production at La India.

El Barqueno - Drilling Underway, Initial Resource Expected by Year-End 2015

The El Barqueno property in Jalisco State, Mexico covers a land position which is larger than the strike length of the mineralized systems at both the La India and Pinos Altos properties combined. Previous operators outlined several mineralized zones through surface exploration and diamond drilling.

The Company believes this property has the potential to host Pinos Altos style gold-silver mineralization (with potential copper by-products) that could be developed as a combination open pit/underground mine with mill and heap leach processing.

Exploration permits have been received for El Barqueno and progress is being made on the negotiation of surface rights. Four portable drill rigs are currently testing known zones of mineralization on the property with 10,000 meters of drilling planned at the Peña de Oro zone and 20,000 meters planned for the Angostura and Azteca zones. These drill programs are designed to delineate an initial resource, which is expected by year-end 2015.

Dividend Record and Payment Dates for the Second Quarter of 2015

Agnico Eagle's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per common share, payable on June 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2015.  Agnico Eagle has now declared a cash dividend every year since 1983.

Other Expected Dividend and Record Dates for 2015

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

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

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

Corrected Mineral Reserve and Resource Statement

In Agnico Eagle's news release dated February 11, 2015, there was a typographical error in the table titled "Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data (as at December 31, 2014)".  The error relates solely to copper, zinc and lead content in the proven and probable reserves at the LaRonde mine.  Corrected grades are presented in the table below and indicated with a footnote.

Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data (as at December 31, 2014)

  Au Ag Cu Zn Pb Au Tonnes
Category and Operation   (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%) (%) (000s
oz)
(000s)
Proven Mineral Reserve
Northern Business              
LaRonde (underground) 3.76 21.84 0.295 0.466 0.057 538 4,460
Canadian Malartic (open pit) (50%) 0.92         736 24,969
Lapa (underground) 5.87         157 832
Goldex (underground) 1.70         11 203
  Kittila (open pit) 3.53         23 207
  Kittila (underground) 4.67         107 714
Kittila Total Proven 4.41         131 921
Meadowbank (open pit) 1.50         53 1,090
Meliadine (open pit) 7.31         8 34
Southern Business              
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 1.93 65.87       3 48
  Pinos Altos (underground) 3.30 86.68       254 2,394
Pinos Altos Total Proven 3.27 86.27       257 2,441
Creston Mascota (open pit) 0.76 8.60       5 187
La India (open pit) 0.53 8.62       2 99
Subtotal Proven Mineral Reserve   1.67         1,897 35,236
 
Probable Mineral Reserve
Northern Business              
LaRonde (underground) 5.60 18.70 0.248 0.699 0.0410 2,893 16,072
Canadian Malartic (open pit) (50%) 1.10         3,593 101,978
Lapa (underground) 5.50         13 74
Goldex (underground) 1.49         329 6,893
  Kittila (open pit) 3.46         15 139
  Kittila (underground) 4.96         4,378 27,475
Kittila Total Probable 4.95         4,393 27,614
Meadowbank (open pit) 3.24         1,116 10,705
  Meliadine (open pit) 5.13         638 3,862
  Meliadine (underground) 8.33         2,690 10,048
Meliadine Total Probable 7.44         3,327 13,910
Southern Business    
       
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 3.02 75.28       373 3,840
  Pinos Altos (underground) 2.95 79.70       1,132 11,948
Pinos Altos Total Probable 2.97 78.63       1,506 15,788
Creston Mascota (open pit) 1.27 13.63       231 5,657
La India (open pit) 0.85 6.06       677 24,783
Subtotal Probable Mineral Reserve 2.52         18,080 223,475
Northern Total Proven and Probable Reserves 2.57         17,299  209,756
Southern Total Proven and Probable Reserves 1.70          2,678  48,955
Total Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves 2.40         19,976 258,711

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5 Corrected to 0.29% Cu from 2.95% Cu
6 Corrected to 0.46% Zn from 4.58% Zn
7 Corrected to 0.05% Pb from 0.51% Pb
8 Corrected to 0.24% Cu from 2.37% Cu
9 Corrected to 0.69% Zn from 6.89% Zn
10 Corrected to 0.04% Pb from 0.36% Pb

  Au Ag Cu Zn Pb Tonnes
Category and Operation (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%) (%) (000s)
Measured Mineral Resource            
Northern Business        
 
Canadian Malartic (open pit) (50%) 0.84         2,843
Goldex (underground) 1.86         12,360
Kittila (underground) 2.78         820
Meadowbank (open pit) 1.07         432
Hammond Reef (open pit) (50%) 0.70         82,831
Southern Business            
La India (open pit) 0.38 3.06       2,667
Subtotal Measured Mineral Resource 0.85         101,953
Indicated Mineral Resource            
Northern Business             
LaRonde (underground)   3.26 23.35 0.24 1.01 0.11 6,791
Canadian Malartic (open pit) (50%) 0.85         32,708
Lapa (underground) 4.29         1,067
Goldex (underground) 1.97         21,409
  Kittila (open pit) 2.85         89
  Kittila (underground) 2.98         13,262
Kittila Total Indicated 2.98         13,351
  Meadowbank (open pit) 2.74         4,747
  Meadowbank (underground) 4.85         2,341
Meadowbank Total Indicated 3.44         7,088
  Meliadine (open pit) 4.31         7,685
  Meliadine (underground) 5.52         12,561
Meliadine Total Indicated 5.06         20,246
Akasaba (open pit) 0.77    0.44     8,130
  Bousquet (open pit) 1.79         11,044
  Bousquet (underground) 5.63         1,704
Bousquet Total Indicated 2.31         12,748
Ellison (underground) 4.54               429
Hammond Reef (open pit) (50%) 0.57         21,377
Upper Beaver (underground) (50%) 7.00   0.26     3,211
Swanson (open pit) 1.93         504
Southern Business            
  Pinos Altos (open pit) 1.16 21.31       1,101
  Pinos Altos (underground) 1.91 46.46       10,836
Pinos Altos Total Indicated 1.84 44.14       11,938
Creston Mascota (open pit) 0.68 4.69       2,229
La India (open pit) 0.39  0.20       51,799
Subtotal Indicated Mineral Resource 1.77         215,026
Northern Total Measured and Indicated Resources 1.70         248,346
Southern Total Measured and Indicated Resources 0.65          68,633
Total Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources 1.47         316,979
  Au Ag Cu Zn Pb Tonnes
Category and Operation (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%) (%) (000s)
Inferred Mineral Resource            
Northern Business            
LaRonde (underground)    4.23 17.40 0.26 0.84 0.07 8,794
Canadian Malartic (open pit) (50%) 0.76         22,655
  Lapa (open pit Zulapa) 3.14         391
  Lapa (underground) 8.00         724
Lapa Total Inferred 6.30         1,114
Goldex (underground) 1.64         29,241
  Kittila (open pit) 3.79               346
  Kittila (underground) 4.32         8,546
Kittila Total Inferred 4.30         8,892
  Meadowbank (open pit) 3.15         1,108
  Meadowbank (underground) 4.36         2,213
Meadowbank Total Inferred 3.96         3,321
  Amaruq (open pit) 6.60         4,819
  Amaruq (underground) 8.34         1,783
Amaruq Total Inferred 7.07         6,603
  Meliadine (open pit) 5.42               1,031
  Meliadine (underground) 7.83         13,053
Meliadine Total Inferred 7.65         14,083
  Bousquet (open pit) 1.16         679
  Bousquet (underground) 4.54         3,888
Bousquet Total Inferred 4.04         4,567
Ellison (underground) 4.56         1,263
Akasaba (open pit) 0.98   0.39     65
Hammond Reef (open pit) (50%) 0.74         251
  Upper Beaver (open pit) (50%) 1.99   0.20     1,957
  Upper Beaver (underground) (50%) 4.66   0.30     2,654
Upper Beaver Total Inferred (50%) 3.53   0.26     4,611
Kuotko, Finland (open pit) 2.89         1,823
Kylmakangas, Finland (underground) 4.11 31.11       1,896
Southern Business        

  Pinos Altos (open pit) 0.95 22.45       10,773
  Pinos Altos (underground) 2.77 51.97       1,872
Pinos Altos Total Inferred 1.22 26.82       12,645
Creston Mascota (open pit) 1.07 13.98       4,462
La India (open pit) 0.37  0.04       82,562
Northern Total Inferred Resource 3.38         109,177
Southern Total Inferred Resource 0.51         99,669
Total Inferred Resource 2.01         208,847

Tonnage amounts and contained metal amounts presented in this table have been rounded to the nearest thousand.  Amounts presented in this table may not add up due to rounding.  Reserves are not a sub-set of resources.

About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957.  Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States. The Company and its shareholders have full exposure to gold prices due to its long-standing policy of no forward gold sales. Agnico Eagle has declared a cash dividend every year since 1983.

Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance

This news release discloses certain measures, including ''total cash costs per ounce'' and ''minesite costs per tonne'' and "all-in sustaining costs per ounce" that are not recognized measures under IFRS. These data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. For a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable financial information presented in the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS and for an explanation of how management uses these measures, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is presented on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (before by-product metal revenues). The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) for by-product revenues, unsold concentrate inventory production costs, smelting, refining and marketing charges and other adjustments, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced. The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment is made for by-product metal revenues. Accordingly, the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis does not reflect a reduction in production costs or smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with the production and sale of by-product metals. The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is intended to provide information about the cash-generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations. Management also uses these measures to monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations. As market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis measure allows management to assess a mine's cash-generating capabilities at various gold prices.  All-in sustaining costs are used to show the full cost of gold production from current operations. The Company calculates all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced as the aggregate of total cash costs on a by-product basis, sustaining capital expenditures (including capitalized exploration), general and administrative expenses (including stock options) and reclamation expenses divided by the amount of gold produced.  The all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment is made for by-product metal revenues.  The Company's methodology for calculating all-in sustaining costs may not be similar to the methodology used by other producers that disclose all-in sustaining costs.  The Company may change the methodology it uses to calculate all-in sustaining costs in the future, including in response to the adoption of formal industry guidance regarding this measure by the World Gold Council. Management is aware that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates, and, in the case of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis, by-product metal prices.  Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne (discussed below) as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating exchange rates and metal prices.  This news release also contains information as to estimated future total cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs and minesite costs per tonne. The estimates are based upon the total cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs and minesite costs per tonne that the Company expects to incur to mine gold at its mines and projects and, consistent with the reconciliation of these actual costs referred to above, do not include production costs attributable to accretion expense and other asset retirement costs, which will vary over time as each project is developed and mined. It is therefore not practicable to reconcile these forward-looking Non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable IFRS measure.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release has been prepared as at April 30, 2015. Certain statements contained in this document 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, the words "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "planned", "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such statements include without limitation: the Company's forward-looking production guidance, including estimated ore grades, project timelines, drilling results, metal production, life of mine estimates, production, total cash costs per ounce, minesite costs per tonne, all-in sustaining costs and cash flows; the estimated timing and conclusions of technical reports and other studies; the methods by which ore will be extracted or processed; statements concerning expansion projects, recovery rates, mill throughput, and projected exploration expenditures, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; estimates of depreciation expense, general and administrative expense and tax rates; the impact of maintenance shutdowns; statements regarding timing and amounts of capital expenditures and other assumptions; estimates of future reserves, resources, mineral production, optimization efforts and sales; estimates of mine life; estimates of future mining costs, total cash costs, minesite costs, all-in sustaining costs and other expenses; estimates of future capital expenditures and other cash needs, and expectations as to the funding thereof; statements and information as to the projected development of certain ore deposits, including estimates of exploration, development and production and other capital costs, and estimates of the timing of such exploration, development and production or decisions with respect to such exploration, development and production; estimates of reserves and resources, and statements and information regarding anticipated future exploration; the anticipated timing of events with respect to the Company's mine sites and statements and information regarding the sufficiency of the Company's cash resources and other statements and information regarding anticipated trends with respect to the Company's operations, exploration and the funding thereof. Such statements and information reflect the Company's views as at the date of this document and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. 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 material factors and assumptions used in the preparation of the forward looking statements contained herein, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the assumptions set forth herein and in management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") and the Company's Annual Information Form ("AIF") for the year ended December 31, 2104 filed with Canadian securities regulators and that are included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2014 ("Form 40-F") filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") as well as: that there are no significant disruptions affecting operations; that production, permitting and expansion at each of Agnico Eagle's properties proceeds on a basis consistent with current expectations and plans; that the relevant metal prices, exchange rates and prices for key mining and construction supplies will be consistent with Agnico Eagle's 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 and information. 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 mineral 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; community protests; risks associated with foreign operations; governmental and environmental regulation; the volatility of the Company's stock price; and risks associated with the Company's by-product metal derivative strategies. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that may affect the Company's ability to achieve the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this document, see the AIF and MD&A filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and included in the Form 40-F filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov, as well as the Company's other filings with the Canadian securities regulators and the SEC. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and information.

Notes to Investors Regarding the Use of Resources

Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured and Indicated Resources

This document uses the terms "measured resources" and "indicated resources". Investors are advised 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 document also uses the term "inferred resources". Investors are advised 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

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release relating to Northern Business operations has been approved by Christian Provencher, Ing., Vice-President, Canada and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.  The scientific and technical information contained in this news release relating to Southern Business operations has been approved by Tim Haldane, P.Eng., Senior Vice-President, Operations - USA and Latin America and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.  The scientific and technical information contained in this news release relating to exploration has been approved by Alain Blackburn, Ing., Senior Vice-President, Exploration and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

The scientific and technical information relating to Agnico Eagle's reserves and resources contained herein has been approved by Daniel Doucet, Senior Corporate Director, Reserve Development. Mr. Doucet is a designated Ing. with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101.

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 reports mineral resource and reserve estimates in accordance with the CIM guidelines for the estimation, classification and reporting of resources and reserves in accordance with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities' (the "CSA") National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). These standards are similar to those used by the SEC's Industry Guide No. 7, as interpreted by Staff at the SEC ("Guide 7"). However, the definitions in NI 43-101 differ in certain respects from those under Guide 7. Accordingly, mineral reserve information contained herein may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by U.S. companies. Under the requirements of the SEC, 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. A "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to meet the requirements to designate reserves under Industry Guide 7.  Agnico Eagle uses certain terms in this news 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.

In prior periods, reserves for all properties were typically estimated using historic three-year average metals prices and foreign exchange rates in accordance with the SEC guidelines. These guidelines require 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.  Given the current lower commodity price environment, Agnico Eagle has decided to use price assumptions that are below the three-year averages. The assumptions used for the mineral reserves estimates at all mines and advanced projects as of December 31, 2014 (other than the Canadian Malartic mine), reported by the Company on February 11, 2015, are $1,150 per ounce gold, $18.00 per ounce silver, $1.00 per pound zinc, $3.00 per pound copper, $0.91 per pound lead and C$/US$, US$/Euro and MXP/US$ exchange rates of 1.08, 1.30 and 13.00, respectively.

For the reserves estimate at the Canadian Malartic mine, the Company has decided to continue to report the reserves estimated as of June 15, 2014, reported by the Company in a news release dated August 13, 2014, minus the production to the end of 2014. The assumptions used were $1,300 per ounce gold, a cut-off grade between 0.28 g/t and 0.35 g/t gold (depending on the deposit), and a C$/US$ exchange rate of 1.10.

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.

A mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured and/or indicated mineral resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined or extracted and is defined by studies at pre-feasibility or feasibility level as appropriate that include application of modifying factors. Such studies demonstrate that, at the time of reporting, extraction could reasonably be justified.

Modifying factors are considerations used to convert mineral resources to mineral reserves. These include, but are not restricted to, mining, processing, metallurgical, infrastructure, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental factors.

A proven mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured mineral resource. A proven mineral reserve implies a high degree of confidence in the modifying factors. A probable mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of an indicated and, in some circumstances, a measured mineral resource. The confidence in the modifying factors applying to a probable mineral reserve is lower than that applying to a proven mineral reserve.

A mineral resource is a concentration or occurrence of solid material of economic interest in or on the Earth's crust in such form, grade or quality and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade or quality, continuity and other geological characteristics of a mineral resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge, including sampling.

A measured mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are estimated with confidence sufficient to allow the application of modifying factors to support detailed mine planning and final evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. Geological evidence is derived from detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing and is sufficient to confirm geological and grade or quality continuity between points of observation. An indicated mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are estimated with sufficient confidence to allow the application of modifying factors in sufficient detail to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. Geological evidence is derived from adequately detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing and is sufficient to assume geological and grade or quality continuity between points of observation. An inferred mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity and grade or quality are estimated on the basis of limited geological evidence and sampling.  Geological evidence is sufficient to imply but not verify geological and grade or quality continuity.

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 technical and economic study of the selected development option for a mineral project that includes appropriately detailed assessments of applicable modifying factors together with any other relevant operational factors and detailed financial analysis that are necessary to demonstrate, at the time of reporting, that extraction is reasonably justified (economically mineable). The results of the study may reasonably serve as the basis for a final decision by a proponent or financial institution to proceed with, or finance, the development of the project. The confidence level of the study will be higher than that of a Pre-Feasibility Study.

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

Property/Project name  
and location
Date of most recent
Technical Report (NI
43-101) filed on
SEDAR
LaRonde, Bousquet &
Ellison, Quebec, Canada
March 23, 2005
Canadian Malartic, Quebec, Canada June 16, 2014
Kittila, Kuotko and
Kylmakangas, Finland
March 4, 2010
Swanson, Quebec,
Canada
 
Meadowbank, Nunavut,
Canada
February 15, 2012
Goldex, Quebec, Canada October 14, 2012
Lapa, Quebec, Canada June 8, 2006
Meliadine, Nunavut,
Canada
February 11, 2015
Akasaba, Quebec, Canada  
Amaruq, Nunavut, Canada  
Hammond Reef, Ontario, Canada July 2, 2013
Upper Beaver (Kirkland Lake project), Ontario, Canada November 5, 2012
Pinos Altos and Creston Mascota, Mexico March 25, 2009
La India, Mexico August 31, 2012

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 Technical Reports, which may be found at www.sedar.com. Other important operating information can be found in the Company's AIF and Form 40-F.


AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED
SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)
(Unaudited)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2015     2014
Operating margin(i) by mine:          
Northern Business          
  LaRonde mine  $   30,015   $ 45,425
  Lapa mine    14,687     15,340
  Goldex mine   19,253     9,525
  Meadowbank mine    46,577     123,961
  Canadian Malartic mine(ii)   34,718     -
  Kittila mine    27,415     19,003
Southern Business          
  Pinos Altos mine    34,652     39,064
  Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos    8,409     7,714
  La India mine(iii)   20,590     13,669
Total operating margin(i)   236,316     273,701
Amortization of property, plant and mine development    135,897     83,481
Exploration, corporate and other   43,706     43,502
Income before income and mining taxes    56,713     146,718
Income and mining taxes expense   27,970     49,573
Net income for the period  $ 28,743   $ 97,145
Net income per share — basic (US$) $ 0.13   $ 0.56
Net income per share — diluted (US$) $ 0.13   $ 0.56
Cash flows:          
Cash provided by operating activities $ 143,455   $  250,396
Cash used in investing activities $ (53,892)   $ (108,288)
Cash used in financing activities $ (123,182)   $ (98,087)
Realized prices (US$):          
Gold (per ounce)  $ 1,202   $ 1,308
Silver (per ounce)  $ 17.02   $ 20.62
Zinc (per tonne)  $ 2,072   $ 2,027
Copper (per tonne)  $ 5,056   $ 6,386
Payable production(iv):          
Gold (ounces):          
  Northern Business          
    LaRonde mine    58,893     59,352
    Lapa mine    25,920     23,409
    Goldex mine   29,250     19,430
    Meadowbank mine    88,523     156,444
    Canadian Malartic mine(ii)   67,893     -
    Kittila mine    44,654     38,552
  Southern Business          
    Pinos Altos mine    50,106     45,217
    Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos    12,448     10,317
    La India mine(iii)   26,523     13,700
Total gold (ounces)   404,210     366,421
Silver (thousands of ounces):          
  Northern Business          
    LaRonde mine    198     349
    Lapa mine    1     -
    Meadowbank mine    96     26
    Canadian Malartic mine(ii)   72     -
    Kittila mine    2     2
  Southern Business          
    Pinos Altos mine    562     460
    Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos    32     16
    La India mine(iii)   69     27
Total Silver (thousands of ounces)   1,032     880
Zinc (tonnes)    936     2,060
Copper (tonnes)    1,167     1,554
               
               
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2015     2014
Payable metal sold:          
Gold (ounces):          
  Northern Business          
    LaRonde mine    60,943     58,100
    Lapa mine    23,497     33,121
    Goldex mine   27,907     19,607
    Meadowbank mine    84,780     147,502
    Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(v)   59,261     -
    Kittila mine    48,982     37,429
  Southern Business          
    Pinos Altos mine    41,433     46,810
    Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos    11,399     10,228
    La India mine(iii)   26,898     14,632
Total gold (ounces)   385,100     367,429
Silver (thousands of ounces):          
  Northern Business          
    LaRonde mine    205     340
    Meadowbank mine    98     28
    Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(v)   54     -
    Kittila mine    2     2
  Southern Business          
    Pinos Altos mine    446     507
    Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos    20     14
    La India mine(iii)   63     26
Total Silver (thousands of ounces):   888     917
Zinc (tonnes)    1,264     1,673
Copper (tonnes)    1,160     1,542
           
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced - Co-product basis (US$)(vi):          
Northern Business          
  LaRonde mine  $   892   $ 928
  Lapa mine    568     663
  Goldex mine   542     762
  Meadowbank mine    674     437
  Canadian Malartic mine(ii)   649     -
  Kittila mine   682     796
Southern Business          
  Pinos Altos mine    548     695
  Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos   488     631
  La India mine(iii)   461     483
Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced $ 651   $ 625
           
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced - By-product basis (US$)(vi):          
Northern Business          
  LaRonde mine  $ 703   $ 574
  Lapa mine    568     662
  Goldex mine   541     762
  Meadowbank mine    655     434
  Canadian Malartic mine(ii)   632     -
  Kittila mine   681     795
Southern Business          
  Pinos Altos mine    357     480
  Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos   444     598
  La India mine(iii)   418     426
Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced $ 588   $ 537

 

Notes:    
  (i)   Operating margin is calculated as revenues from mining operations less production costs.
       
  (ii)   On June 16, 2014, Agnico Eagle and Yamana jointly acquired 100.0% of Osisko by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "Arrangement"). As a result of the Arrangement, Agnico Eagle and Yamana each indirectly own 50.0% of Osisko (now Canadian Malartic Corporation) and Canadian Malartic GP, which now holds the Canadian Malartic mine.  The information set out in this table reflects the Company's 50.0% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine since the date of acquisition, which was subsequent to the first quarter of 2014.
       
  (iii)   The La India mine achieved commercial production on February 1, 2014.
       
  (iv)   Payable production (a non-GAAP financial performance measure) is the quantity of mineral produced during a period contained in products that are or will be sold by the Company, whether such products are sold during the period or held as inventories at the end of the period.
       
  (v)   The Canadian Malartic mine's payable metal sold excludes the 5% net smelter royalty ounces transferred to Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., as pursuant to the Arrangement.
       
  (vi)   Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is presented on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (before by-product metal revenues). Under IFRS, total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the condensed interim unaudited consolidated statements of income for by-product metal revenues, unsold concentrate inventory production costs, smelting, refining and marketing charges and other adjustments, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment for by-product metal revenues is made. Accordingly, the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis does not reflect a reduction in production costs or smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with the production and sale of by-product metals. The Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures provide a realistic indication of operating performance and provide useful comparison points between periods. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is intended to provide information about the cash generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations. Management also uses these measures to monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations. As market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis measure allows management to assess a mine's cash generating capabilities at various gold prices. Management is aware that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates and, in the case of total cash costs of gold produced on a by-product basis, by-product metal prices. Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne (discussed below) as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS. Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.

 

                 
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(thousands of United States dollars, except share amounts, IFRS basis)
(Unaudited)
                 
        As at
March 31,
      As at
December 31,
        2015       2014
                 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents     $ 138,006     $ 177,537
  Short-term investments       4,722       4,621
  Restricted cash        29,419       33,122
  Trade receivables        61,200       59,716
  Inventories       442,278       446,660
  Income taxes recoverable       18,287       1,658
  Available-for-sale securities       46,888       56,468
  Fair value of derivative financial instruments       335       4,877
  Other current assets       127,830       123,401
Total current assets       868,965       908,060
Non-current assets:                
  Restricted cash        19,116       20,899
  Goodwill        601,190       601,190
  Property, plant and mine development        5,247,513       5,281,473
  Other assets       30,341       27,622
Total  assets     $ 6,767,125     $ 6,839,244
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities      $ 187,602     $ 209,906
  Reclamation provision       6,994       6,769
  Interest payable       20,987       13,816
  Income taxes payable        11,894       19,328
  Finance lease obligations        17,377       22,142
  Current portion of long-term debt        52,038       52,182
  Fair value of derivative financial instruments        21,858       8,249
Total current liabilities       318,750       332,392
Non-current liabilities:                
  Long-term debt       1,220,138       1,322,461
  Reclamation provision        250,734       249,917
  Deferred income and mining tax liabilities        843,699       827,181
  Other liabilities       34,062       38,803
Total liabilities       2,667,383       2,770,754
EQUITY                
  Common shares:                
    Outstanding - 216,200,703 common shares issued, less 1,258,885
shares held in trust or by a depositary
      4,622,015       4,599,788
  Stock options       206,611       200,830
  Contributed surplus       37,254       37,254
  Deficit       (768,011)       (779,382)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income       1,873       10,000
Total  equity       4,099,742       4,068,490
Total liabilities and equity     $ 6,767,125     $ 6,839,244

 

 

                 
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts, IFRS basis)
(Unaudited)
                 
          Three Months Ended
March 31,
          2015       2014
                   
REVENUES                  
Revenues from mining operations       $ 483,596     $  491,767
                   
COSTS, EXPENSES AND OTHER INCOME                  
Production (i)         247,280       218,066
Exploration and corporate development         16,651       9,418
Amortization of property, plant and mine development       135,897       83,481
General and administrative         25,221       26,270
Impairment loss on available-for-sale securities         685       -
Finance costs         19,712       17,138
Loss (gain) on derivative financial instruments         8,576       (3,746)
Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities         (21,049)       (273)
Environmental remediation         429       172
Foreign currency translation gain         (11,690)       (5,059)
Other expenses (income)          5,171       (418)
Income before income and mining taxes          56,713       146,718
Income and mining taxes expense         27,970       49,573
Net income for the period       $ 28,743     $ 97,145
                   
Net income per share - basic       $ 0.13     $ 0.56
Net income per share - diluted       $ 0.13     $ 0.56
                   
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands):                
Basic         214,566       173,972
Diluted         215,692       174,467
                   
 (i) Exclusive of amortization, which is shown separately.           

 

 

         
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(thousands of United States dollars, IFRS basis)
(Unaudited)
         
                Three Months Ended
March 31,
                2015       2014
                         
OPERATING ACTIVITIES                  
Net income for the period         $ 28,743     $ 97,145
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:                  
  Amortization of property, plant and mine development       135,897       83,481
  Deferred income and mining taxes       19,300       19,964
  Gain on sale of available-for-sale securities       (21,049)       (273)
  Stock-based compensation         11,718       12,608
  Impairment loss on available-for-sale securities       685       -
  Foreign currency translation gain       (11,690)       (5,059)
  Other             13,536       225
Adjustment for settlement of reclamation provision       (302)       (934)
Changes in non-cash working capital balances:                
  Trade receivables           (1,484)       (7,111)
  Income taxes           (24,063)       21,747
  Inventories           10,412       23,471
  Other current assets           (4,837)       15,520
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities       (20,582)       (17,405)
  Interest payable           7,171       7,017
Cash provided by operating activities         143,455       250,396
                         
INVESTING ACTIVITIES                  
Additions to property, plant and mine development        (82,887)         (101,460)
Acquisition of El Realito property         (7,000)       -
Net purchases of short-term investments       (101)       -
Net proceeds from sale of available-for-sale securities and warrants       37,668       613
Purchase of available-for-sale securities and warrants        (5,275)       (13,385)
Decrease in restricted cash            3,703       5,944
Cash used in investing activities         (53,892)         (108,288)
                 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES                  
Dividends paid             (14,775)       (11,973)
Repayment of finance lease obligations        (8,405)       (4,252)
Sale-leaseback financing       -       1,027
Repayment of long-term debt            (100,000)       (80,000)
Repurchase of common shares for restricted share unit plan        (10,642)       (7,518)
Proceeds on exercise of stock options         8,223       1,985
Common shares issued           2,417       2,644
Cash used in financing activities         (123,182)       (98,087)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents       (5,912)       (1,347)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period       (39,531)       42,674
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       177,537       139,101
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period     $ 138,006     $ 181,775
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION                
Interest paid      $ 11,081     $ 8,151
                 
Income and mining taxes paid     $ 37,947     $ 8,149

 

 

                 
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES
(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)
(Unaudited)
                 
Total Production Costs by Mine                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
        March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
(thousands of United States dollars)                
Production costs per the condensed interim unaudited consolidated
 statements of income and comprehensive income
    $ 247,280     $ 218,066
                 
LaRonde mine       45,865       47,279
Lapa mine       13,985       15,350
Goldex mine       14,866       15,845
Meadowbank mine       57,096       67,079
Canadian Malartic mine(i)       41,186       -
Kittila mine       31,999       29,459
Pinos Altos mine       24,212       31,419
Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos       5,606       5,825
La India mine(ii)       12,465       5,810
Total      $ 247,280     $ 218,066
                 
                 
Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced(iii) by Mine and
Reconciliation of Production Costs to Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv) by Mine
                 
LaRonde Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 45,865     $ 47,279
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       6,678       7,818
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 52,543     $ 55,097
  By-product metal revenues       (11,134)       (21,053)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 41,409     $ 34,044
Gold production (ounces)        58,893       59,352
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 892     $ 928
  By-product basis     $ 703     $ 574
                 
LaRonde Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 45,865     $ 47,279
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       866       1,148
Minesite operating costs     $ 46,731     $ 48,427
Minesite operating costs (thousands of C$)      C$ 57,789     C$ 55,081
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       558       557
Minesite costs per tonne (C$)(iv)     C$ 104     C$ 99
                 
Lapa Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 13,985     $ 15,350
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       749       160
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 14,734     $ 15,510
  By-product metal revenues       (17)       (2)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 14,717     $ 15,508
Gold production (ounces)        25,920       23,409
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 568     $ 663
  By-product basis     $ 568     $ 662
                 
Lapa Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 13,985     $ 15,350
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       548       118
Minesite operating costs     $ 14,533     $ 15,468
Minesite operating costs (thousands of C$)      C$ 18,077     C$ 17,069
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       152       157
Minesite costs per tonne (C$)(iv)     C$ 119     C$ 108
                 
Goldex Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 14,866     $ 15,845
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       973       (1,038)
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 15,839     $ 14,807
  By-product metal revenues       (7)       (6)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 15,832     $ 14,801
Gold production (ounces)        29,250       19,430
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 542     $ 762
  By-product basis     541     $ 762
                 
Goldex Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 14,866     $ 15,845
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       761       (1,018)
Minesite operating costs     $ 15,627     $ 14,827
Minesite operating costs (thousands of C$)      C$ 19,317     C$ 15,168
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       566       485
Minesite costs per tonne (C$)(iv)     C$ 34     C$ 31
                 
Meadowbank Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 57,096     $ 67,079
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       2,541       1,312
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 59,637     $ 68,391
  By-product metal revenues       (1,689)       (552)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 57,948     $ 67,839
Gold production (ounces)        88,523       156,444
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 674     $ 437
  By-product basis     $ 655     $ 434
                 
Meadowbank Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 57,096     $ 67,079
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       1,694       1,389
Minesite operating costs     $ 58,790     $ 68,468
Minesite operating costs (thousands of C$)      C$ 70,627     C$ 75,552
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       990       994
Minesite costs per tonne (C$)(iv)     C$ 71     C$ 76
                 
Canadian Malartic Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (i)(iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 41,186     $ -
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       2,851       -
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 44,037     $ -
  By-product metal revenues       (1,142)       -
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 42,895     $ -
Gold production (ounces)        67,893       -
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 649     $ -
  By-product basis     $ 632     $ -
                 
Canadian Malartic Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne (i)(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 41,186     $ -
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       (1,131)        
Minesite operating costs     $ 40,055     $ -
Minesite operating costs (thousands of C$)      C$ 54,320     C$ -
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       2,339       -
Minesite costs per tonne (C$)(iv)     C$ 23     C$ -
                 
Kittila Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 31,999     $ 29,459
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       (1,543)       1,233
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 30,456     $ 30,692
  By-product metal revenues       (35)       (37)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 30,421     $ 30,655
Gold production (ounces)        44,654       38,552
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 682     $ 796
  By-product basis     $ 681     $ 795
                 
Kittila Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 31,999     $ 29,459
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       (1,659)       1,081
Minesite operating costs     $ 30,340     $ 30,540
Minesite operating costs (thousands of €)     26,714     22,544
Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)       345       307
Minesite costs per tonne (€)(iv)     77     73
                 
Pinos Altos Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 24,212     $ 31,419
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       3,244       (2)
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 27,456     $ 31,417
  By-product metal revenues       (9,579)       (9,720)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 17,877     $ 21,697
Gold production (ounces)        50,106       45,217
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 548     $ 695
  By-product basis     $ 357     $ 480
                 
Pinos Altos Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 24,212     $ 31,419
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       2,681       (562)
Minesite operating costs     $ 26,893     $ 30,857
Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)       584       624
Minesite costs per tonne (US$)(iv)     $ 46     $ 49
                 
Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (iii)        
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 5,606     $ 5,825
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       467       681
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 6,073     $ 6,506
  By-product metal revenues       (547)       (334)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 5,526     $ 6,172
Gold production (ounces)        12,448       10,317
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 488     $ 631
  By-product basis     $ 444     $ 598
                 
Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos - Minesite Costs per Tonne(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 5,606     $ 5,825
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       399       583
Minesite operating costs     $ 6,005     $ 6,408
Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)       527       379
Minesite costs per tonne (US$)(iv)     $ 11     $ 17
                 
La India Mine - Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (ii)(iii)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs      $ 12,465     $ 5,810
Adjustments:                
  Inventory and other adjustments(v)       (245)       (875)
Cash operating costs (co-product basis)     $ 12,220     $ 4,935
  By-product metal revenues       (1,132)       (584)
Cash operating costs (by-product basis)     $ 11,088     $ 4,351
Gold production (ounces)        26,523       10,208
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce)(iii):                 
  Co-product basis     $ 461     $ 483
  By-product basis     $ 418     $ 426
                 
La India Mine - Minesite Costs per Tonne(ii)(iv)                
        Three Months Ended       Three Months Ended
(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)       March 31, 2015       March 31, 2014
Production costs     $ 12,465     $ 5,810
Inventory and other adjustments(vi)       (409)       (939)
Minesite operating costs     $ 12,056     $ 4,871
Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)       1,378       687
Minesite costs per tonne (US$)(iv)     $ 9     $ 7

 

Notes:      
       
  (i)   On June 16, 2014, Agnico Eagle and Yamana jointly acquired 100.0% of Osisko by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the "Arrangement"). As a result of the Arrangement, Agnico Eagle and Yamana each indirectly own 50.0% of Osisko (now Canadian Malartic Corporation) and Canadian Malartic GP, which now holds the Canadian Malartic mine. The information set out in this table reflects the Company's 50.0% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine since the date of acquisition, which was subsequent to the first quarter of 2014.
       
  (ii)   The La India mine achieved commercial production on February 1, 2014. 3,492 ounces of payable gold production were excluded from the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced in the first quarter of 2014 as they were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production.
       
  (iii)   Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers.  Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is presented on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (before by-product metal revenues). Under IFRS, total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the condensed interim unaudited consolidated statements of income for by-product metal revenues, unsold concentrate inventory production costs, smelting, refining and marketing charges and other adjustments, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis except that no adjustment for by-product metal revenues is made. Accordingly, the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis does not reflect a reduction in production costs or smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with the production and sale of by-product metals. The Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures provide a realistic indication of operating performance and provide useful comparison points between periods. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is intended to provide information about the cash generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations. Management also uses these measures to monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations. As market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis measure allows management to assess a mine's cash generating capabilities at various gold prices. Management is aware that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates and, in the case of total cash costs of gold produced on a by-product basis, by-product metal prices. Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne (discussed below) as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS. Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.
       
  (iv)   Minesite costs per tonne is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. Under IFRS, this measure is calculated by adjusting production costs as shown in the condensed interim unaudited consolidated statements of income for unsold concentrate inventory production costs, and then dividing by tonnes of ore milled. As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced measure can be impacted by fluctuations in by-product metal prices and exchange rates, management believes that the minesite costs per tonne measure provides additional information regarding the performance of mining operations, eliminating the impact of  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 of performance can be impacted by fluctuations in processing levels and compensates for this inherent limitation by using this measure in conjunction with production costs prepared in accordance with IFRS.
       
  (v)   Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue is recognized on concentrates when legal title passes. As total cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a production basis, an inventory adjustment is made to reflect the sales margin on the portion of concentrate production not yet recognized as revenue. Other adjustments include the addition of smelting, refining and marketing charges to production costs.
       
  (vi)   This inventory and other adjustment reflects production costs associated with unsold concentrates.

           
Reconciliation of Production Costs to All-in  Sustaining Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced
           
          Three Months Ended
(United States dollars per ounce of gold produced, except where noted)         March 31, 2015
           
Production costs per the condensed interim unaudited consolidated statements of
income and comprehensive income
         
(thousands of United states dollars)         $247,280
           
Gold production (ounces)         404,210
           
Production costs per ounce of gold production:         $612
           
Adjustments:          
             
  Inventory and other adjustments(i)         39
           
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (co-product basis)(ii)         $651
             
  Byproduct metal revenues         (63)
           
Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product basis)(ii)         $588
           
Adjustments:          
             
  Sustaining capital  expenditures (including capitalized exploration)         150
             
  General and administrative expenses (including stock options)         63
             
  Non-cash reclamation provision and other         3
           
All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product basis)         $804
             
  Byproduct metal revenues         63
           
All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced (co-product basis)         $867

 

Notes:    
       
  (i)   Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue is recognized on concentrates when legal title and risk is transferred. As total cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a production basis, this inventory adjustment reflects the sales margin on the portion of concentrate production not yet recognized as revenue. Other adjustments include the addition of smelting, refining and marketing charges to production costs.
       
  (ii)   Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is presented on both a by‑product basis (deducting by‑product metal revenues from production costs) and co‑product basis (before by‑product metal revenues). Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by‑product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) for by‑product metal revenues, unsold concentrate inventory production costs, smelting, refining and marketing charges and other adjustments, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co‑product basis is calculated in the same manner as total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by‑product basis except that no adjustment for by‑product metal revenues is made. Accordingly, the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co‑product basis does not reflect a reduction in production costs or smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with the production and sale of by‑product metals. The Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures provide a realistic indication of operating performance and provide useful comparison points between periods. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is intended to provide information about the cash generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations. Management also uses these measures to monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations. As market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by‑product basis measure allows management to assess a mine's cash generating capabilities at various gold prices. Management is aware that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates and, in the case of total cash costs of gold produced on a by‑product basis, by‑product metal prices. Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS. Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

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For further information regarding Agnico Eagle, contact Investor Relations at info@agnicoeagle.com or call (416) 947-1212.


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