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2011 Exploration Delivers Reserve Growth At Meliadine And Kittila; Meliadine's Wesmeg And Kittila's Rimpi Deposits Expanded; $106 Million Exploration Budget For 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Stock Symbol: AEM (NYSE, TSX)
(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted)
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited ("Agnico-Eagle" or the "Company") is providing its 2011 reserve and resource statement, an update on the 2011 exploration program results, as well as an outline for its exploration program in 2012.
2011 Reserves and Resources Update
Agnico-Eagle's 2011 proven and probable gold reserves of 18.8 million ounces compares with the 2010 total of 21.3 million ounces. The 2011 gold production, the October 2011 suspension of mining at Goldex and the associated reclassification of its reserves to resources, combined with higher costs at Meadowbank which resulted in a new mine plan and lower reserves, each negatively impacted the 2011 total.
"Our two best advanced exploration stories continue to be Kittila and Meliadine, with the recent acquisition of La India and Tarachi in Mexico providing additional exploration upside" said Sean Boyd, President and CEO. "In 2012, we will continue to focus our aggressive exploration approach on building reserves at Kittila, Meliadine and in Mexico to support our production growth plan" added Mr. Boyd
The summary table below highlights the changes in reserves at each of the Company's assets.
|Gold Reserves By Mine/Project||Proven & Probable Reserve (000s ounces)|
|LaRonde Goldex Lapa Kittila Pinos Altos Meadowbank Meliadine Bousquet||4,700 - 501 5,177 3,103 2,201 2,877 191||4,818 1,566 677 4,880 3,271 3,486 2,600 -||(118) (1,566) (176) 297 (168) (1,285) 277 191|
*For full details including tonnages and grade, see the Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data table in this news release
The assumptions incorporated in the 2011 reserve calculation, as compared with those in 2010, are as follows:
Changes In Reserves
The small decline in LaRonde's proven and probable reserves is largely the result of the gold production in 2011, and partially offset by the effect of higher metals price assumptions.
All of the proven and probable reserves at Goldex were reclassified into mineral resources following the suspension of mine operations and the writedown of the mine in October 2011. At the time of reclassification, there were approximately 1.4 million ounces of gold reserves at Goldex, while approximately 150,000 ounces of gold had been extracted in 2011 prior to the October suspension.
The majority of the decline in Lapa's proven and probable reserves is represented by the ore processed during 2011. Increases in gold reserves due to higher metal price assumptions were largely offset by higher dilution applied in the current reserve estimate.
New proven and probable reserves at the Roura and Rimpi zones, as well as higher gold price assumptions had a positive impact on Kittila's reserves in 2011. Some of these increases in reserves have been offset by the amount of gold mined during 2011, as well as the impact of more conservative operating cost assumptions, with the net increase in reserve being approximately 300,000 ounces of gold.
The Pinos Altos (including Creston Mascota) proven and probable reserves declined by approximately 170,000 ounces in 2011, largely due to ore extraction. The total impact of ore extraction was partially offset by successful exploration results at Creston Mascota during 2011, which increased its mine life by approximately two years, through 2017, with the addition of approximately 75,000 ounces of proven and probable reserves.
Considering the persistently high operating costs, a technical and operating review at the Meadowbank mine has resulted in a new pit outline, with higher grade cut-off parameters. The newly optimized mine plan, combined with the extraction of ore in 2011, had the impact of reducing proven and probable reserves by 1.3 million ounces of gold.
At Meliadine, an extensive 2011 drilling program was primarily focused on two main zones, Tiriganiaq and Wesmeg. Much of the program was focused on resource conversion drilling and resulted in an additional 0.3 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, mainly at the Tiriganiaq zone, but also resulted in initial reserves at the F zone deposit. Proven and probable gold reserves at Meliadine are now 2.9 million ounces, while measured and indicated resources total 1.7 million ounces of gold (12.6 million tonnes grading 4.09 g/t) and inferred resources represent 2.4 million ounces of gold (12.7 million tonnes grading 5.98 g/t). This represents a significant increase in the deposit from the time of acquisition in mid-2010, when the deposit had no reserves, indicated resources of 3.2 million ounces of gold (8.8 million tonnes grading 5.21 g/t) and inferred resources of 1.7 million ounces of gold (11.8 million tonnes grading 6.94 g/t).
Resources Show Growth In 2011
The overall gold resources were positively impacted by the results of exploration drilling at Kittila, Meliadine, and Pinos Altos.
The Company's measured and indicated resources have increased by 3.2 million ounces of contained gold over the 2010 statement to a total of 9.6 million ounces of gold (168 million tonnes grading 1.78 g/t). The increase in measured and indicated resources includes the addition of 1.4 million ounces of gold from the reclassification of Goldex proven and probable reserves and an additional 1.2 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resource (48 million tonnes grading 0.74 g/t) from the acquisition of the La India property. Inferred resources of 9.7 million ounces of gold in 2011 have decreased by 0.2 million ounces of contained gold over the year, primarily as a result of successful conversion drilling at Kittila and La India, offset by decreases at Meadowbank.
December 31, 2011 Resources
|Measured & Indicated Resources* (Au koz)||Inferred Resources* (Au koz)|
*For full details including tonnages and grade, see the Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data table in this news release
2012 Reserve Target and Exploration Budget
The Company anticipates the year-end 2012 reserves to grow to approximately 20 million ounces of gold, or an increase of approximately 12%, net of production, through an extensive exploration drilling campaign.
The 2012 exploration program will be primarily focused on accelerating the drilling programs at Kittila, Meliadine and Mascota/Bravo, conversion of resources at La India and further exploration of Tarachi. These programs will form part of the feasibility studies at each of these properties, which would add significant upside potential for the Company's near term growth production profile. In 2012, Agnico-Eagle's exploration budget is approximately $106 million, with about 38% expected to be spent on mine-site and advanced project exploration, as shown in the table.
|2012 Exploration Expenditures||Exploration Budget|
|Corporate Devt. & Project Evaluations||4,500|
2011 Exploration Highlights
Agnico-Eagle spent approximately $108 million on regional and minesite exploration during 2011, including 390,000 metres of drilling. An additional $35 million was spent on a bulk sample and other activities at Meliadine, the results of which are expected in the second quarter of 2012. Much of the exploration expenditures were spent on grassroots and brownfields exploration (approximately $76 million) and resulted in 216,046 metres of drilling. The Company plans to continue to focus its exploration efforts at Meliadine, Kittila, and its assets in Mexico.
Meliadine - Tiriganiaq Reserves and Wesmeg Resources Increased; More Assays and Bulk Sample Results Pending
At the Meliadine project, the 2011 exploration program included $40 million spent on 104,502 metres of core drilling, with the majority of it focused on infill drilling at Tiriganiaq. As of year-end 2011, about one third of the 2011 assays remain pending due to a backlog at the independent laboratory. These intersections were not included in the current reserve and resource statement but are expected to be received by the second quarter of 2012.
Tiriganiaq Zone Exploration Confirms Grade, Completes Underground Bulk Sample
Drilling at the Tiriganiaq Zone in 2011 has focused on resources to reserves conversion from surface to 350 metres depth, but has encountered significant intersections outside of the current resources envelope. The grades and thicknesses of the new intersections have been similar to the values in existing reserve and resources.
The table below presents the most significant drill results from the Tiriganiaq zone since June. The hole collars are located on the Meliadine geology map, and the pierce points are shown on the Tiriganiaq longitudinal section.
Significant recent Tiriganiaq zone drill results
|Drill Hole||Lode ID||From (metres)||To (metres)||Depth below surface (metres)||Estimated True Width (metres)||Gold (g/t) (cut)*|
*Holes at Tiriganiaq deposit use a cutting factor ranging from 15 to 120 g/t gold depending on the lode.
Tiriganiaq Longitudinal Section
Recent drilling expanded the Tiriganiaq resources to the west at depth, with hole M11-1092 intersecting 7.4 g/t gold over a true width of 11.2 metres at a depth of 330 metres below surface. The central part of the deposit has shown high-grade intercepts inside and outside the resource envelope (see holes M11-1211 and M11-1173), and the resources have also been expanded downward on the east side of Tiriganiaq (see hole M11-1171).
During the second half of 2011, the Company conducted an underground bulk sample on the Tiriganiaq deposit, which included 222 metres of lateral development on two levels, resulting in 8,460 tonnes of broken material. Early results from the bulk sample indicate significantly improved confidence with regards to the continuity and grade of the Tiriganiaq deposit. A complete analysis of the results is expected during the second quarter of 2012 and the results will become part of the updated feasibility study expected to in late 2013.
Wesmeg Zone Extended
The Wesmeg zone has continued to demonstrate significant growth, with resources growing from approximately 1.0 million tonnes grading 4.4 g/t gold (or 143,000 ounces of gold) in the inferred category only in 2010 to 3.5 million tonnes grading 3.0 g/t gold (or 343,000 ounces of gold) in the indicated category, and 3.7 million tonnes grading 3.5 g/t gold (or 411,000 ounces of gold) in the inferred category in 2011.
Drilling in 2011 has helped extend the Wesmeg zone to 3.3 kilometres of strike length and increased its depth to at least 300 metres, showing the Wesmeg resource to have similar size potential to the Tiriganiaq zone which is approximately 400 metres to the north.
The program has also discovered a new horizon approximately 100 metres from Wesmeg and approximately 100 metres from Tiriganiaq. This discovery raises the possibility of yet another satellite deposit in close proximity to the existing deposits. This also highlights the exploration potential of the overall Meliadine property, much of which has not yet been fully evaluated.
Significant recent Wesmeg zone drill results
|Drill Hole||From (metres)||To (metres)||Depth below surface (metres)||Estimated True Width (metres)||Gold grade (g/t) (cut)*|
* Holes at Wesmeg deposit use a cutting factor of 30.0 g/t gold. ** Hole M11-1048 was previously reported in a news release on June 27, 2011
Meliadine Local Geology Map
Wesmeg Composite Longitudinal Section
Approximately one kilometre to the east of the Wesmeg resource envelope, hole M11-1206 intersected 13.7 g/t gold over a true width of 6.6 metres at a depth of approximately 100 metres below surface. This intercept is very close to hole M11-1048 (4.1 g/t gold over a true width of 7.6 metres at a depth of 135 metres below surface), reported in the June 27, 2011 news release. These two intercepts are indicating a new area of interest with good grade and thickness near surface that is potentially open in all directions and is untested farther east.
Drilling has confirmed the grade of the existing resource and extended it at depth. Hole M11-1111 intersected 4.8 g/t gold over 11.8 metres at a depth of 85 metres below surface, while hole M11-1346 intersected 4.2 g/t gold over a true width of 9.5 metres at a depth of 96 metres below surface. Approximately one kilometre to the west of the existing resource, hole M11-1130 intersected 5.0 g/t gold over a true width of 6.3 metres at a depth of 50 metres below surface. The 2012 exploration program will aim to better define the Wesmeg deposit over its 3.3 km length.
A new lens of mineralization in between Tiriganiaq and Wesmeg appears to have been intersected by hole M11-1314, as shown on the Tiriganiaq-Wesmeg generalized cross section. The hole intersected 5.1 g/t gold over a true width of 6.8 metres at a depth of 380 metres below surface. This intercept is meaningful, as it opens Wesmeg's potential for underground high grade mineralization that could be potentially be accessible using Tiriganiaq's underground infrastructure. This area will be an important target in 2012, given that it could improve the underground component of the deposit with multiple parallel mineralized horizons.
The planned exploration budget at Meliadine in 2012 is $20.7 million for 90,000 metres of drilling in the known deposits, as well as $9.6 million for 25,000 metres on the grassroots exploration.
Tiriganiaq-Wesmeg Cross Section
Kittila Reserve Increases; Rimpi and Roura Zones Expand Northward and at Depth
Exploration has expanded the Kittila mineralization in the Rimpi and Roura deposit areas at depth and to the north, highlighting further exploration upside at this deposit. Kittila now contains the Company's largest contributor to proven and probable gold reserves at 5.2 million ounces. The proven and probable reserves at Kittila have increased by approximately 0.3 million ounces in 2011, with most of the growth coming at depth in the Roura and Rimpi zones.
The table below presents selected recent drill results from the mine site exploration. The pierce points of the intercepts are shown on the Kittila longitudinal section.
Significant recent Rimpi and Roura zone exploration drill results
|Drill Hole||Zone||From (metres)||To (metres)||Depth below surface (metres)||Estimated true width (metres)||Gold grade (g/t) (uncut)|
Kittila Longitudinal Section
Of particular interest is the drilling in the Rimpi Zone, which is the northernmost zone known at Kittila, where recent intercepts have confirmed and expanded the zone at depth and to the north. Hole RIM-10-004, which intersected two zones at depths of 460 and 490 metres below surface, helped extend the reserves at depth by close to 200 metres. Holes RIE-11-017, RIE-11-017B and RIE-11-010 followed the Rimpi Trend downward, with multiple intercepts more than 450 metres below and slightly north of the previous Rimpi Zone resources envelope.
To date, the mineralization at Rimpi appears to be thicker and higher grade than that found at the main Suuri deposit at Kittila.
Within the Roura resource envelope, recent infill drilling has confirmed long intercepts at higher grades than previously observed, converting resources to reserves. Hole ROU-09-002I helped convert resources to reserves at 605 metres depth. At further depth, between 870 and 950 metres, holes ROU-10-36E and ROU-11-001H intersected grades between 7 g/t and 9 g/t gold, extending the Roura North reserves northward.
Below the Roura North resource, hole ROU-11-005 intersected 4.2 g/t gold over a true width of 8.5 metres at a depth of 1,370 metres below surface, which is 120 metres below the current resources envelope.
Mine-site exploration at Kittila in 2012 is estimated to include 7,500 metres of conversion and 32,200 metres of exploration drilling at a cost of $13.5 million. The drilling focus remains on Rimpi and on demonstrating continuity of the mineralization at different depths and could significantly increase the resource in the extreme north trend.
The acquisition of Grayd Resource Corporation, and its La India project in Mexico has added approximately 1.2 million ounces of measured and indicated resources (48 million tonnes grading 0.74 g/t)and 715,000 ounces in inferred resources (32 million tonnes grading 0.69 g/t). La India will continue to be evaluated in 2012 for its potential as a low-cost open pit heap leach mine. This acquisition also included a highly prospective land package in the surrounding area, including the Tarachi discovery which will be a focus of exploration during 2012.
At Pinos Altos, as shown on the attached graphics, new reserves at the Creston Mascota deposit have resulted in a new, larger open pit design. Exploration results indicate that Creston Mascota could extend further to the southwest to include the adjacent Bravo/Carola deposits, increasing the potential of a significantly larger open pit that would include all three deposits. Encouraging recent drill results from Creston Mascota are shown in the table below and are located on the Creston Mascota longitudinal section.
Creston Mascota Map
Creston Mascota Long Section
Significant recent Creston Mascota exploration drill results
|Drill Hole||From (metres)||To (metres)||Depth below surface (metres)||Estimated true width (metres)||Gold grade (g/t) (cut)*||Silver grade (g/t) (cut)*|
* Holes at the Creston Mascota deposit use a cutting factor of 9 g/t gold and 88 g/t silver.
Hole CM11-288 shows higher grade than expected in this area, while hole CM11-311 is a high grade intercept in a new resource area.
The potential for further expansion near Creston Mascota, together with an encouraging outlook for the La India project and the Tarachi exploration potential, reinforce the growing importance of the Mexican operations as a key contributor to Agnico-Eagle's operating and growth profile. The Company plans to spend $10.5 million on the La India property, drilling 45,000 metres in 2012. At Pinos Altos, the expected 2012 exploration program is comprised of $5.8 million, to be spent on 33,800 metres of drilling,
Agnico-Eagle is a long established, Canadian headquartered, gold producer with operations located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, and exploration and development activities in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United States. The Company has full exposure to higher gold prices consistent with its policy of no forward gold sales and maintains a corporate strategy based on increasing shareholders exposure to gold, on a per share basis. It has declared a cash dividend for 30 consecutive years.
Detailed Mineral Reserve and Resource Data (as at December 31, 2011)
|Category and Operation||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Cu (%)||Zn (%)||Pb (%)||Au (000s oz.)||Tonnes (000s)|
|Proven Mineral Reserve|
|Kittila (open pit)||3.86||40||319|
|Kittila total proven||5.09||115||702|
|Meadowbank (open pit)||1.49||92||1,931|
|Pinos Altos (open pit)||0.80||13.82||22||848|
|Pinos Altos (underground)||2.59||79.73||95||1,139|
|Pinos Altos total proven||1.83||51.59||117||1,987|
|Meliadine (Open Pit)||7.31||8||34|
|Subtotal Proven Mineral Reserve||2.80||994||11,029|
|Probable Mineral Reserve|
|Bousquet (Open Pit)||1.88||191||3,165|
|Kittila (open pit)||5.66||146||802|
|Kittila total probable||4.65||5,062||33,862|
|Meadowbank (open pit)||2.91||2,109||22,563|
|Meliadine (open pit)||5.80||987||5,292|
|Meliadine total probable||7.18||2,869||12,434|
|Pinos Altos (open pit)||1.68||37.51||1,059||19,599|
|Pinos Altos (underground)||2.38||76.02||1,927||25,193|
|Pinos Altos total probable||2.07||59.17||2,986||44,792|
|Subtotal Probable Mineral Reserve||3.78||17,757||146,057|
|Total Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves||3.71||18,750||157,086|
|Category and Operation||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Cu (%)||Zn (%)||Pb (%)||Tonnes (000s)|
|Measured Mineral Resource|
|La India (Open Pit)||1.06||3,730|
|Total Measured Mineral Resource||1.67||16,090|
|Indicated Mineral Resource|
|Bousquet (open pit)||1.76||8,101|
|Bousquet total indicated||2.44||9,805|
|Meadowbank (open pit)||1.99||14,872|
|Meadowbank total indicated||2.38||17,213|
|Meliadine (open pit)||3.14||6,049|
|Meliadine total indicated||4.09||12,621|
|Pinos Altos (open pit)||0.95||12.25||9,574|
|Pinos Altos (underground)||1.55||41.95||11,002|
|Pinos Altos total indicated||1.27||28.13||20,576|
|Swanson (open pit)||1.93||504|
|La India (open pit)||0.72||44,496|
|Total Indicated Mineral Resource||1.79||152,247|
|Total Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources||1.78||168,336|
|Category and Operation||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Cu (%)||Zn (%)||Pb (%)||Tonnes (000s)|
|Inferred Mineral Resource|
|Bousquet (open pit)||1.16||679|
|Bousquet total inferred||4.04||4,567|
|Kittila (open pit)||3.87||276|
|Kittila total inferred||4.55||7,953|
|Kuotko, Finland (open pit)||3.24||1,116|
|Kylmäkangas, Finland (underground)||4.07||1,924|
|Lapa (Open Pit Zulapa)||2.79||496|
|Lapa total inferred||4.74||719|
|Meadowbank (open pit)||3.03||1,532|
|Meadowbank total inferred||3.81||3,745|
|Meliadine (open pit)||3.53||4,857|
|Meliadine total inferred||5.98||12,687|
|Pinos Altos (open pit)||0.88||18.47||20,159|
|Pinos Altos (underground)||2.22||51.17||2,954|
|Pinos Altos total inferred||1.05||22.65||23,113|
|La India (open pit)||0.69||32,125|
|Total Inferred Resource||2.30||131,216|
Tonnage amounts and contained metal amounts presented in this table have been rounded to the nearest thousand. Reserves are not a sub-set of resources. No measured resources were estimated.
Forward-Looking Statements The information in this news release has been prepared as at February 15, 2012. Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward looking information" under the provisions of Canadian provincial securities laws and are referred to herein as "forward-looking statements". When used in this document, words such as "anticipate", "expect", "estimate," "forecast," "planned", "will", "likely", "schedule" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Such statements include without limitation: the Company's forward-looking production guidance, including estimated ore grades, project timelines, drilling results, orebody configurations, metal production, life of mine, commencement of production estimates, the estimated timing of scoping and other studies, recovery rates, mill throughput, and projected exploration and capital expenditures, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; the Company's goal to increase its mineral reserves and resources; and other statements and information regarding anticipated trends with respect to the Company's operations, exploration and the funding thereof. Such statements reflect the Company's views as at the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Agnico-Eagle as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The factors and assumptions of Agnico-Eagle contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the assumptions set forth herein and in management's discussion and analysis and the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2010 ("Form 20-F") as well as: that there are no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, damage to equipment, natural occurrences, equipment failures, accidents, political changes, title issues or otherwise; that permitting, production and expansion at each of Agnico-Eagle's mines and growth projects proceeds on a basis consistent with current expectations, and that Agnico-Eagle does not change its plans relating to such projects; that the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, European Union euro, Mexican peso and the United States dollar will be approximately consistent with current levels or as set out in this news release; that prices for gold, silver, zinc, copper and lead will be consistent with Agnico-Eagle's expectations; that prices for key mining and construction supplies, including labour costs, remain consistent with Agnico-Eagle's current expectations; that Agnico-Eagle's current estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral grades and metal recovery are accurate; that there are no material delays in the timing for completion of ongoing growth projects; that the Company's current plans to optimize production are successful; and that there are no material variations in the current tax and regulatory environment. Many factors, known and unknown, could cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to: the volatility of prices of gold and other metals; uncertainty of mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral grades and metal recovery estimates; uncertainty of future production, capital expenditures, and other costs; currency fluctuations; financing of additional capital requirements; cost of exploration and development programs; mining risks; risks associated with foreign operations; governmental and environmental regulation; the volatility of the Company's stock price; and risks associated with the Company's byproduct metal derivative strategies. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Form 20-F, as well as the Company's other filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and information, except as required by law. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Certain of the foregoing statements, primarily related to projects, are based on preliminary views of the Company with respect to, among other things, grade, tonnage, processing, recoveries, mining methods, capital costs, total cash costs, minesite costs, and location of surface infrastructure. Actual results and final decisions may be materially different from those currently anticipated.
Notes to Investors Regarding the Use of Resources
Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured and Indicated Resources
This news release uses the terms "measured resources" and "indicated resources". We advise investors that while those terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves.
Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Inferred Resources
This press release also uses the term "inferred resources". We advise investors that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.
Scientific and Technical Data
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited is reporting mineral resource and reserve estimates in accordance with the CIM guidelines for the estimation, classification and reporting of resources and reserves.
Cautionary Note To U.S. Investors - The SEC permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Agnico-Eagle uses certain terms in this press release, such as "measured", "indicated", and "inferred", and "resources" that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, which may be obtained from us, or from the SEC's website at: http://sec.gov/edgar.shtml. A "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to meet the requirements to designate reserves under Industry Guide 7.
Estimates for all properties were calculated using historic three-year average metals prices and foreign exchange rates in accordance with the SEC Industry Guide 7. Industry Guide 7 requires the use of prices that reflect current economic conditions at the time of reserve determination, which the Staff of the SEC has interpreted to mean historic three-year average prices. The assumptions used for the mineral reserves and resources estimates reported by the Company on February 15, 2012 were based on three-year average prices for the period ending December 31, 2011 of $1,255 per ounce gold, $23.00 per ounce silver, $0.91 per pound zinc, $3.25 per pound copper, $0.95 per pound lead and C$/US$, US$/Euro and MXP/US$ exchange rates of 1.05, 1.37 and 12.86, respectively.
The Canadian Securities Administrators' National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") requires mining companies to disclose reserves and resources using the subcategories of "proven" reserves, "probable" reserves, "measured" resources, "indicated" resources and "inferred" resources. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
A mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured or indicated mineral resource demonstrated by at least a preliminary feasibility study. This study must include adequate information on mining, processing, metallurgical, economic and other relevant factors that demonstrate, at the time of reporting, that economic extraction can be justified. A mineral reserve includes diluting materials and allows for losses that may occur when the material is mined. A proven mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured mineral resource demonstrated by at least a preliminary feasibility study. A probable mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of an indicated, and in some circumstances, a measured mineral resource demonstrated by at least a preliminary feasibility study.
A mineral resource is a concentration or occurrence of natural, solid, inorganic material, or natural, solid fossilized organic material including base and precious metals in or on the Earth's crust in such form and quantity and of such a grade or quality that it has reasonable prospects for economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics and continuity of a mineral resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge. A measured mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are so well established that they can be estimated with confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support production planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough to confirm both geological and grade continuity. An indicated mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics can be estimated with a level of confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough for geological and grade continuity to be reasonably assumed. An inferred mineral resource is that part of a mineral resource for which quantity and grade or quality can be estimated on the basis of geological evidence and limited sampling and reasonably assumed, but not verified, geological and grade continuity. The estimate is based on limited information and sampling gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.
A feasibility study is a comprehensive technical and economic study of the selected development option for a mineral project that includes appropriately detailed assessments of realistically assumed mining, processing, metallurgical, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental considerations 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 disclosure are separate from and not a portion of the mineral resources.
|Property/Project name and location||Qualified Person responsible for the current Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimate and relationship to Agnico-Eagle||Qualified Person responsible for Exploration and relationship to Agnico-Eagle||Date of most recent Technical Report (NI 43-101) filed on SEDAR|
|LaRonde, Bousquet & Ellison, Quebec, Canada||François Blanchet Ing., LaRonde Division Superintendent of geology||François Blanchet Ing., LaRonde Division Superintendent of geology||March 23, 2005|
|Kittila, Kuotko and Kylmakangas, Finland||Daniel Doucet, Ing., Corporate Director of Geology||Daniel Doucet, Ing., Corporate Director of Geology||March 4, 2010|
|Pinos Altos, La India, Mexico. Swanson, Quebec, Canada||Pinos Altos: Dyane Duquette, P.Geo., Superintendent of geology, Technical Services Group; La India: Matthew D. Gray, C.P.G. and Gary Giroux, P.Eng., independent consultants||Mine site: Dyane Duquette, P.Geo.; Regional: Roger Doucet, P.Geo., Exploration manager for Mexico||March 25, 2009|
|Meadowbank, Nunavut, Canada||Elzear Belzile, Ing., Independent Consultant||Mine site: Marc Ruel, P.Geo., Director of Geology; Regional: Denis Vaillaincourt, P.Geo., Exploration manager for Eastern Canada||December 15, 2008|
|Goldex, Quebec, Canada||Richard Genest, Ing., Goldex Division Superintendent of geology||Richard Genest, Ing., Goldex Division Superintendent of geology||October 19, 2011|
|Lapa, Quebec, Canada||Normand Bédard, P.Geo., Lapa Division Superintendent of geology||Normand Bédard, P.Geo., Lapa Division Superintendent of geology||June 8, 2006|
|Meliadine, Nunavut, Canada||Dyane Duquette, P.Geo., Superintendent of geology, Technical Services Group||Denis Vaillancourt, P.Geo., Exploration manager for eastern Canada||March 8, 2011|
The effective date for all of the Company's mineral resource and reserve estimates in this press release is December 31, 2011. Additional information about each of the mineral projects that is required by NI 43-101, sections 3.2 and 3.3 and paragraphs 3.4 (a), (c) and (d) can be found in the Technical Reports referred to above, which may be found at www.sedar.com. Other important operating information can be found in the Company's Form 20-F and its news release dated February 15, 2012.
The contents of this press release have been prepared under the supervision of, and reviewed by, Marc Legault P.Eng., Senior Vice-President Project Evaluations and a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.
SOURCE Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited
PDF with caption: "Tiriganiaq Longitudinal Section". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10158.pdf
PDF with caption: "Meliadine Project - Local Geology Map". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10154.pdf
PDF with caption: "Wesmeg Composite Longitudinal Section". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10166.pdf
PDF with caption: "Meliadine Project - Tiriganiaq-Wesmeg Cross Section 9100E". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10152.pdf
PDF with caption: "Kittila - Composite Longitudinal Section". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10153.pdf
PDF with caption: "La India". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10155.pdf
PDF with caption: "Creston Mascota Map". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10157.pdf
PDF with caption: "Creston Mascota Long Section". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/02/15/20120215_C4707_DOC_EN_10156.pdf
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