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Agnico Eagle Reports First Quarter 2018 Results; Nunavut Development Projects Progressing on Budget and on Schedule; Exploration Drilling Yields Favourable Results at Multiple Projects

April 26, 2018

Stock Symbol: AEM (NYSE and TSX)
(All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted)

TORONTO, April 26, 2018 /CNW/ - Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM, TSX:AEM) ("Agnico Eagle" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income of $44.9 million, or $0.19 per share, for the first quarter of 2018. This result includes non-cash foreign currency translation gains on deferred tax liabilities of $6.7 million ($0.03 per share), mark-to-market adjustments and derivative gains on financial instruments of $0.5 million (nil per share) and non-cash foreign currency translation gains of $3.5 million ($0.01 per share). Excluding these items would result in adjusted net income1 of $34.2 million or $0.15 per share for the first quarter of 2018. In the first quarter of 2017, the Company reported net income of $76.0 million or $0.33 per share.

Included in the first quarter of 2018 net income and not adjusted above is non-cash stock option expense of $7.8 million ($0.03 per share).

In the first quarter of 2018, cash provided by operating activities decreased by 7% to $207.7 million ($180.5 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital), compared with cash provided by operating activities of $222.6 million in the first quarter of 2017 ($224.7 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital). The decrease in cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash components of working capital during the current period was mainly due to lower gold sales volumes and higher costs, partially offset by higher realized gold prices. The higher costs were primarily a result of the strengthening of local currencies against the U.S. dollar and higher costs at several operations, principally at Meadowbank.

"Our operations continued to deliver strong cash flow in the first quarter with unit production costs on the lower end of full year guidance and gold production tracking slightly above full year guidance. We remain focused on optimizing unit costs and increasing production as we transition through 2018 and begin to see the positive results of our growth phase in 2019", said Sean Boyd, Agnico Eagle's Chief Executive Officer. "During the first quarter, we continued to make very good progress at our Nunavut growth projects, with Amaruq permitting activities advancing as expected and development of the underground exploration ramp proceeding as planned. Construction activities and underground development remain on schedule and on budget at Meliadine", added Mr. Boyd.

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1Adjusted net income is a Non-GAAP measure.  For a discussion regarding the Company's use of non-GAAP measures, please see "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

 

First quarter 2018 highlights include:

  • Solid operational performance  – Payable gold production2 in the first quarter of 2018 was 389,278 ounces at production costs per ounce of $759, total cash costs3 per ounce of $648 and all-in sustaining costs per ounce4 ("AISC") of $889

  • Production and cost guidance reiterated for 2018 – Full year production guidance is unchanged at 1.53 million ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $625 to $675 and AISC of $890 to $940 per ounce.

  • Nunavut development projects progressing on schedule and on budget – Amaruq permitting is on track for approval in the second quarter of 2018 and the underground exploration ramp is proceeding as planned. Meliadine construction and development is progressing well and procurement activities for the 2018 barge season are now complete

  • Infill drilling at the East Malartic property yields favourable results, potential development options under review – Recent drilling at East Malartic has returned significant intersections of 2.5 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold over 37.7 metres at 238 metres depth, including 3.6 g/t gold over 10.6 metres. Studies are underway to evaluate potential mining scenarios at both East Malartic and the neighbouring Odyssey project. Permitting activities to provide ramp access to both projects are currently underway

  • Acquisition of Yamana Gold Inc.'s ("Yamana") 50% interest in the Canadian exploration assets of Canadian Malartic Corporation ("CMC") completed in late March 2018 – Agnico Eagle now owns the exploration assets of CMC, which include the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects. At Kirkland Lake, a 25,700 metre drill program will be carried out in 2018 to further evaluate known deposits and test new target areas

  • Monetization of non-core assets – The Company is assessing opportunities to monetize non-core assets, including the West Pequop Joint Venture, Summit and PQX properties in Nevada, the Cobalt mining properties in the historic Cobalt silver district in Ontario, and its equity investment in Belo Sun Mining Corp. ("Belo Sun") which it disposed of this month as previously announced

  • A quarterly dividend of $0.11 per share was declared

 

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2Payable production of a mineral means the quantity of a mineral produced during a period contained in products that have been or will be sold by the Company whether such products are shipped during the period or held as inventory at the end of the period.
3Total cash costs per ounce is a Non-GAAP measure and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis.  For a reconciliation to production costs and for total cash costs on a co-product basis, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".
4All-in-sustaining costs per ounce is a Non-GAAP measure and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis.  For a reconciliation to production costs and for all-in sustaining costs on a co-product basis, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

 

First Quarter Financial and Production Highlights

In the first quarter of 2018, stable operational performance continued at the Company's mines, which led to payable gold production of 389,278 ounces, compared to 418,216 ounces in the first quarter of 2017. This lower level of production in the 2018 period was primarily due to reduced throughput levels at Meadowbank as the mine transitions through the last full year of mining at site and at Lapa as mill processing did not resume until March 2018. A detailed description of the production of each mine is set out below.

Production costs per ounce for the first quarter of 2018 were $759, compared to $578 for the first quarter of 2017. Total cash costs per ounce for the first quarter of 2018 were $648, compared to $539 for the first quarter of 2017. Production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 were affected by lower gold production levels at Meadowbank and Lapa, the strengthening of local currencies against the U.S. dollar and higher costs at several mines (principally at Meadowbank) compared to the first quarter of 2017. The impact of the strengthening of the local currencies was approximately $40 per ounce.

AISC for the first quarter of 2018 were $889, compared to $741 for the first quarter of 2017. The higher AISC is primarily due to expected lower gold production and higher total cash costs per ounce compared to the first quarter of 2017. A detailed description of the cost performance of each mine is set out below.

Cash Position Remains Strong

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments decreased to $464.8 million at March 31, 2018, from the December 31, 2017 balance of $643.9 million due to the ongoing investment in the Company's growth projects and the recent acquisition of the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects.

The outstanding balance on the Company's credit facility remained nil at March 31, 2018. This results in available credit lines of approximately $1.2 billion, not including the uncommitted $300 million accordion feature.

Subsequent to the quarter end, on April 5, 2018, the Company issued notes to certain institutional investors totalling $350 million. The notes consist of $45 million at 4.38% due 2028, $55 million at 4.48% due 2030 and $250 million at 4.63% due 2033. The terms of the notes are substantially the same as the terms of the outstanding notes of the Company. The Company previously announced its intention to issue these notes in its news release dated February 14, 2018.

Approximately 40% of the Company's remaining 2018 Canadian dollar exposure is hedged at an average floor price of 1.28 C$/US$, of which about one third are designated for capital expenditures at Meliadine. Approximately 10% of the Company's remaining 2018 Mexican peso exposure is hedged at an average floor price of 19.00 MXN/US$. The Company's remaining 2018 Euro exposure is currently unhedged. The Company's full year 2018 cost guidance was based on assumed exchange rates of 1.25 C$/US$ and 18.0 MXN/US$. Agnico Eagle anticipates adding to its operating currency hedges, pending market conditions.

Monetization of Non-Core Assets

The Company has been assessing the opportunity to monetize several non-core assets in its portfolio, including the West Pequop Joint Venture, Summit and PQX properties in Nevada, the Cobalt mining properties in the historic Cobalt silver district in Ontario and its equity investment in Belo Sun which it disposed of this month.

West Pequop Joint Venture, Summit and PQX Properties

The Company has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp ("Newmont"), whereby Newmont will purchase Agnico Eagle's 51% interest in the West Pequop Joint Venture, and the Company's 100% interest in the Summit and PQX properties in northeastern Nevada (collectively, the "Nevada Properties"). The Nevada Properties are adjacent to Newmont's Long Canyon mine.

Under the purchase and sale agreement, the Company will receive a cash payment of $35 million and be granted a 0.8% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty on the Nevada Properties held by the West Pequop Joint Venture and a 1.6% NSR on the Summit and PQX properties. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

Cobalt Mining Properties

In the mid-1950's, five mining companies merged to become Cobalt Consolidated Mining Company ("CCMC"), one of the predecessors to Agnico Eagle. CCMC and, later, Agnico Eagle operated 25 mines in the Cobalt area and produced approximately 30 million ounces of silver and 3.2 million pounds of cobalt between 1957 and 1989.

The Company currently has two sizeable land packages in the Cobalt region, the Coleman property (178 claims covering approximately 1,750 hectares) and the South Lorrain Property (37 claims covering approximately 350 hectares).

The Company has initiated a strategic review of its Cobalt properties with the intent to realize value for the historical property portfolio. The Company expects that the outcome of such review may result in the sale of all or a portion of its Cobalt properties.

Disposition of Investment in Belo Sun

The Company reviews its portfolio of equity investments in junior mining companies on an ongoing basis. As previously announced, the Company has disposed of 44,551,000 common shares of Belo Sun for aggregate proceeds of C$14,924,585. For further details, please see the Company's new release dated April 20, 2018.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures (including sustaining capital) in 2018 remain forecast to be approximately $1.08 billion. The following table sets out capital expenditures (including sustaining capital) in the first quarter of 2018.

Capital Expenditures


(In thousands of US dollars)



Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018

Sustaining Capital


LaRonde mine

$

15,397

Canadian Malartic mine

16,118

Meadowbank mine

2,890

Kittila mine

9,798

Goldex mine

5,112

Pinos Altos mine

7,175

Creston Mascota mine

502

La India mine

1,430

Total Sustaining Capital

58,422



Development Capital


LaRonde mine

$

842

LaRonde Zone 5

7,653

Canadian Malartic mine

5,211

Meadowbank mine

14,976

Kittila mine

18,579

Goldex mine

8,312

Pinos Altos mine

-

Creston Mascota mine

3,061

La India mine

561

Meliadine project

61,330

Other

480

Total Development Capital

121,005



Total Capital Expenditures

$

179,427

 

Dividend Record and Payment Dates for the Second Quarter of 2018

Agnico Eagle's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, payable on June 15, 2018 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2018. Agnico Eagle has declared a cash dividend every year since 1983.

Other Expected Dividend and Record Dates for 2018

Record Date

Payment Date

August 31

September 14

November 30

December 14

 

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

Please see the following link for information on the Company's dividend reinvestment plan: Dividend Reinvestment Plan

First Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call and Webcast Tomorrow

Agnico Eagle's senior management will host a conference call on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss the Company's financial and operating results.

Via Webcast:
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.agnicoeagle.com.

Via Telephone:
For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 1-647-427-7450 or toll-free 1-888-231-8191. To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay archive:
Please dial 1-416-849-0833 or toll-free 1-855-859-2056, access code 7288308. The conference call replay will expire on May 27, 2018.

The webcast, along with presentation slides, will be archived for 180 days on the Company's website.

Annual Meeting

The Company's Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the "AGM") will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am (E.D.T). The AGM will be held at the Delta Toronto Hotel (SoCo Ballroom) - 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 3A6.

During the AGM, management will provide an overview of the Company's activities.  For those unable to attend in person, the alternatives to participate are listed below.

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

Via Telephone:
For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 1-647-427-7450 or toll-free 1-888-231-8191. To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the AGM.

Replay archive:
Please dial 1-416-849-0833 or toll-free 1-855-859-2056, access code 9189563. The conference call replay will expire on May 27, 2018.

The webcast, along with presentation slides, will be archived for 180 days on the Company's website.

NORTHERN BUSINESS REVIEW

ABITIBI REGION, QUEBEC

Agnico Eagle is currently Quebec's largest gold producer with a 100% interest in three mines (LaRonde, Goldex and Lapa) and a 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine. These mines are located within 50 kilometres of each other, which provides operating synergies and allows for the sharing of technical expertise.

LaRonde Mine – Higher Grades Drive Strong First Quarter Performance as the Mine Enters its Thirtieth Year of Production

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

LaRonde Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

531


559

Tonnes of ore milled per day

5,901


6,215

Gold grade (g/t)

5.49


4.61

Gold production (ounces) 

89,785


78,912

Production costs per tonne (C$)

$

155


$

106

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)

$

121


$

109

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

723


$

562

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

427


$

464

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher underground and mill maintenance costs, lower throughput and the timing of unsold inventory. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above and the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods, partially offset by higher gold production. For the remainder of the year, grades are expected to be more in line with 2018 guidance and mill throughput is expected to increase from levels seen in the first quarter of 2018.

Minesite costs per tonne5 in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower throughput levels and higher underground and mill maintenance costs. Minesite costs per tonne are expected to be in line with guidance over the balance of 2018. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher gold production and higher by-product metal revenues.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher grades resulting from the mining sequence in the lower part of the mine.

At the LaRonde 3 project, conversion and exploration drilling is ongoing at depth as the Company continues to evaluate a phased approach to development between the 311 level (a depth of 3.1 kilometres) and the 350 level (a depth of 3.5 kilometres). Under this phased approach, an additional two or three levels will be developed per year in either the east or west areas of the mine through 2022. This is expected to result in the conversion of approximately 1.2 million ounces of mineral resources into mineral reserves, with full mining activities to commence in 2022. The Company believes that this phased approach is a lower risk, less capital intensive option for developing the deeper levels of the LaRonde mine.

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5Minesite costs per tonne is a Non-GAAP measure.  For a reconciliation of this measure to production costs, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".

 

LaRonde Zone 5 – Commercial Production Remains on Schedule for Early Third Quarter 2018

In 2003, the Company acquired the LaRonde Zone 5 project from Barrick Gold Corporation. The property lies adjacent to and west of the LaRonde mining complex and previous operators exploited the deposit by open pit. In February 2017, LaRonde Zone 5 was approved by Agnico Eagle's Board of Directors for development.

In the first quarter of 2018, development of the first five mining stopes was essentially completed and the first production blast is expected in early May 2018. The paste plant is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2018. The development of LaRonde Zone 5 is on budget and on schedule with commercial production on schedule for early in the third quarter of 2018. For additional details on the project see the Company's news release dated February 15, 2017.

Canadian Malartic MineRecord Quarterly Gold Production; First Drill Results Reported for East Malartic Project

In June 2014, Agnico Eagle and Yamana acquired Osisko Mining Corporation and created the Canadian Malartic General Partnership (the "Partnership"). The Partnership owns and operates the Canadian Malartic mine in northwestern Quebec through a joint management committee. Each of Agnico Eagle and Yamana has an indirect 50% ownership interest in the Partnership. All volume numbers in this section reflect the Company's 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine, except as noted.

Canadian Malartic Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

2,510


2,433

Tonnes of ore milled per day

27,888


27,029

Gold grade (g/t)

1.17


1.03

Gold production (ounces) 

83,403


71,382

Production costs per tonne (C$)

$

24


$

18

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)

$

25


$

22

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

567


$

455

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

566


$

556

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher contractor and fuel costs and the timing of unsold inventory, partially offset by higher throughput. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above and the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods, partially offset by higher production.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 were higher when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 were higher when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above, partially offset by higher production.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher throughput and higher grades.

The Barnat extension project continues to progress on schedule and on budget. Since the beginning of the first quarter of 2018, the following activities have been undertaken:

  • Construction of the temporary bridge which became operational in January 2018
  • Ongoing overburden stripping and overload (new road bed foundation) preparation
  • Backfill of the historically mined Buckshot pit was essentially completed

 

Production activities at Barnat are scheduled to begin in late 2019.

Infill Drilling at Odyssey Confirms Resource Grade; First Drill Results Reported from the East Malartic Zone

At the Canadian Malartic mine, exploration programs are ongoing to evaluate a number of near pit and underground targets. In addition, the Partnership is exploring the East Malartic and the Odyssey properties, which are located to the east of the Canadian Malartic open pit. These opportunities have the potential to provide new sources of ore for the Canadian Malartic mill.

The 2018 exploration program will consist of 140,000 metres of drilling with a budgeted cost (50% basis) of $8.6 million, including 80,000 metres for valuation in the upper and middle parts of the East Malartic Zone. There are currently three drill rigs at the East Malartic project and six rigs at the Odyssey project. In the first quarter of 2018, 22,089 metres of drilling (46 holes) were completed at the Odyssey project and 13,600 metres (18 holes) were completed at the East Malartic project.

Odyssey Zone

The Odyssey Zone lies on the east side of the Canadian Malartic property, approximately 3.0 kilometres east of the current limit of the Canadian Malartic open pit. Exploration results from the Odyssey Zone were last reported in the Company's news release dated February 15, 2017.

The Odyssey Zone is composed of multiple mineralized bodies spatially associated with a porphyritic intrusion close to the contact of the Pontiac Group sediments and the Piché Group of volcanic rocks. They are grouped into two parallel elongated sheets, the Odyssey North and Odyssey South zones approximately 500 metres apart, which strike east-southeast and dip steeply south. The Odyssey North Zone plunges shallowly to the east and has been traced from a depth of 600 to 1,400 metres below surface along a strike length of approximately 1.3 kilometres. The Odyssey South Zone has been located between approximately 200 and 550 metres below surface over a strike length of 1.2 kilometres.

Initial indicated mineral resources for the Odyssey Zone are estimated at 9,000 ounces of gold (108,000 tonnes grading 2.45 g/t gold), while inferred mineral resources for the Odyssey Zone are estimated at 838,000 ounces of gold (11.2 million tonnes grading 2.32 g/t gold) as of December 31, 2017. All mineral resources are on a 50% basis.

Selected recent drill intercepts from the Odyssey South Zone are set out in the table below. The drill-hole collars are located on the Canadian Malartic and Odyssey local geology map, and the pierce points are shown on the composite longitudinal section. The intercepts reported for the Odyssey South Zone show uncapped and capped grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that is being updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

Recent exploration drill results from the Odyssey South Zone









Drill hole

Location

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade (g/t)
(capped)*

ODY17-5189

Odyssey South

499.0

521.0

427

18.1

2.1

2.1

ODY17-5191

Odyssey South

479.7

489.0

421

7.8

2.9

2.9

ODY18-5196

Odyssey South

337.2

347.0

270

8.9

7.3

3.7

ODY18-5198

Odyssey South

385.7

388.6

273

2.8

39.1

18.5

ODY18-5201

Odyssey South

444.0

463.1

319

18.2

2.2

2.2

ODY18-5202

Odyssey South

410.4

420.5

369

8.3

2.4

2.4

ODY18-5207

Odyssey South

319.0

339.2

241

18.8

2.5

2.5

ODY18-5218

Odyssey South

448.6

453.0

379

3.9

2.5

2.5


and

Odyssey South

462.0

469.5

391

6.7

2.9

2.9

ODY18-5219

Odyssey South

455.5

466.5

399

9.5

2.4

2.4

ODY18-5221

Odyssey South

367.5

374.8

271

6.9

3.6

3.6

*

Results from the Odyssey Zone use a capping factor of 20 g/t gold.

 

[Canadian Malartic and Odyssey Local Geology Map]

[Canadian Malartic and Odyssey Composite Longitudinal Section]

Exploration is currently focusing on infilling the near-surface portion of the deposit in Odyssey South. Recent drilling on the Odyssey South Zone returned several significant intersections that confirm its geological setting apart from the current mineral resource area, confirm the grade of the mineral resources and suggest that the size of the zone could increase. On the eastern side of the Odyssey South Zone, hole ODY18-5196 intersected 3.7 g/t gold over 8.9 metres at 270 metres depth and hole ODY18-5201 intersected 2.2 g/t gold over 18.2 metres at 319 metres depth. There are several recent intercepts in the central part of the Odyssey South Zone, including hole ODY18-5207 that intersected 2.5 g/t gold over 18.8 metres at 241 metres depth and hole ODY17-5191 that intersected 2.9 g/t gold over 7.8 metres at 421 metres depth. A further 360 metres to the west, hole ODY18-5198 intersected 18.5 g/t gold over 2.8 metres at 273 metres depth.

Another 410 metres to the west, well away from the current mineral resources, hole ODY18-5202 intersected 2.4 g/t gold over 8.3 metres at 369 metres depth.

Recent drilling at Odyssey has confirmed the mineral resources tonnage and grade in the central portion of the zone, and has extended the zone along strike and closer to surface.  Definition and expansion drilling will continue in the coming quarters to increase confidence in the grade and zone geometry.

East Malartic

In 2017, an initial inferred mineral resource was declared on the East Malartic property, which was previously a gold producing property. The East Malartic property is located directly adjacent to and east of the Canadian Malartic Mine, and west of the Odyssey Zone. Inferred mineral resources at East Malartic (on a 50% basis) are estimated at 1.2 million ounces of gold (19.0 million tonnes grading 2.02 g/t gold) to a depth of 1,000 metres. This is the first report of exploration drill results from the East Malartic property in a Company news release.

At the East Malartic project, the Partnership is exploring three mineralized zones with distinct geology that come together beneath and to the east of the Canadian Malartic open pit. The East Malartic and Sladen zones are intertwined, extending from beneath the open pit eastward to beneath the Odyssey North Zone, while the Sheehan Zone lies immediately north of East Malartic and Sladen in a shear zone including porphyritic intrusives and ultramafic volcanic rocks. Both the East Malartic and Sladen zones are related to the Sladen fault that also includes Canadian Malartic mineralization (to the west) and the Odyssey North Zone (to the east). The Sladen fault is at least 5 kilometres long, and hosts most of the mineralization at the Canadian Malartic, Sladen, East Malartic mines and Odyssey zones.

During 2017, exploration drilling at the East Malartic project included 59,000 metres (63 holes) of diamond drilling.

Selected drill intercepts from the 2017 drill program at the East Malartic project are set out in the table below. The drill-hole collars are located on the Canadian Malartic and Odyssey local geology map, and the pierce points are shown on the composite longitudinal section. The intercepts reported for the East Malartic project show uncapped and capped grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that is being updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

Recent exploration drill results from the East Malartic project









Drill Hole

Zone

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade (g/t)
(capped)*

MEV17-001

Sladen

866.0

871.0

770

2.7

2.8

2.8


and

Sladen

901.7

914.0

803

6.7

2.8

2.8

MEV17-012A

Sheehan

440.0

451.2

360

7.9

3.3

3.3


including


445.0

449.0

361

2.8

6.4

6.4


and

East Malartic

587.0

595.0

475

3.2

3.9

3.9


including


587.0

592.2

474

2.1

5.2

5.2

MEV17-016A

Sladen

527.0

560.0

476

23.9

3.2

3.2


including


546.3

552.1

482

4.1

8.8

8.8

MEV17-024

East Malartic

272.8

334.0

238

37.7

2.5

2.5


including


272.8

290.0

225

10.6

3.6

3.6


including


326.6

334.0

264

4.6

7.1

7.1


and

Sheehan

414.2

425.2

336

3.7

2.7

2.7


and

Sheehan

436.6

463.0

359

8.6

2.2

2.2


and

Sheehan

477.0

486.4

384

2.9

2.6

2.6


and

Sheehan

534.0

562.4

438

8.6

2.5

2.5

MEV17-EA-
2002WA

East Malartic

1065.0

1093.9

962

18.0

2.2

2.2

MEV17-EA-2004

Sheehan

488.0

533.3

427

31.9

10.2

7.4


including


520.9

533.3

441

8.9

27.3

16.8


and

East Malartic

677.2

689.8

568

5.7

2.0

2.0

MEV17-SH-1005

Sheehan

472.0

501.0

338

21.2

3.5

3.5


including


472.0

480.0

330

5.8

9.5

9.5

*

Results from the Sheehan and East Malartic zones use a capping factor of 40 g/t gold. Results from Sladen use a
capping factor of 30 g/t gold.

 

Among the most promising intercepts in the Sheehan Zone from the 2017 drill program, hole MEV17-EA-2004 intersected 7.4 g/t gold over 31.9 metres at 427 metres depth, including 16.8 g/t gold over 8.9 metres. Approximately 800 metres to the east, hole MEV17-SH-1005 intersected 3.5 g/t gold over 21.2 metres at 338 metres depth, including 9.5 g/t gold over 5.8 metres, also in the Sheehan Zone.

In the East Malartic and Sladen zones, there were also promising results in 2017. Hole MEV17-024 intersected 2.5 g/t gold over 37.7 metres at 238 metres depth, including 3.6 g/t gold over 10.6 metres, and separately including 7.1 g/t gold over 4.6 metres, in the East Malartic Zone. Approximately 500 metres to the southwest in the Sladen Zone, hole MEV17-016A intersected 3.2 g/t gold over 23.9 metres at 476 metres depth, including 8.8 g/t gold over 4.1 metres. At greater depths, the Sladen Zone was intersected by hole MEV17-001, yielding 2.8 g/t gold over 6.7 metres at 803 metres depth. Approximately 1,100 metres to the east, hole MEV17-EA-2002WA intersected the East Malartic Zone, yielding 2.2 g/t gold over 18.0 metres at 962 metres depth.

In 2018, the exploration focus will be to convert inferred mineral resources to indicated mineral resources in the shallower portions of the Odyssey South and East Malartic zones and further drilling to better define the geometry of the higher-grade internal zones at the Odyssey Zone.

In addition, permitting activities are underway for an exploration ramp to provide underground access to the shallower portions of the Odyssey South and East Malartic zones. Development of the ramp, which will provide access for underground drilling and collection of a bulk sample, is expected to begin in late 2018. The goal of the underground development program is to provide higher grade feed to the Canadian Malartic mill and extend the current mine life.

Kirkland Lake Project Update

On March 28, 2018, the Company completed the acquisition of Yamana's indirect 50% interest in the Canadian exploration assets of CMC. As a result, Agnico Eagle now owns the transferred CMC exploration assets, which include the Kirkland Lake and Hammond Reef projects. The Company previously announced the entering into of an asset purchase agreement for the Canadian exploration assets of CMC in its news release dated December 21, 2017.

The Hammond Reef project in northwestern Ontario covers approximately 31,145 hectares and contains open pit measured and indicated mineral resources of 4.5 million ounces gold (208.4 million tonnes at 0.67 g/t gold) and open pit inferred mineral resources of 12,000 ounces gold (0.5 million tonnes at 0.74 g/t gold). Mineral resources are estimated as of December 31, 2017 and are reported on a 100% basis. For a detailed breakdown of mineral resources, please refer to the Company's press release dated February 14, 2018.

The Kirkland Lake project in northeastern Ontario covers approximately 27,312 hectares and mineral reserves and mineral resources have been outlined on several properties. Deposits in the Kirkland Lake area include: Upper Beaver, Anoki and McBean, Amalgamated Kirkland, Upper Canada and Munro. The primary deposits on the Kirkland Lake property are outlined on the plan map shown below.

[Kirkland Lake Property Regional Geology Map]

At Kirkland Lake, an initial $5 million exploration program consisting of 25,700 metres of drilling is planned for 2018. The primary exploration focus for the Kirkland Lake project this year will be:

  • Expanding and locating new gold mineralization on the Upper Beaver and Upper Canada properties
  • Prospecting along the Larder-Cadillac Deformation Zone
  • Completing a technical review of all exploration data for the Upper Beaver deposit in order to determine the next steps at the property, including the evaluation of potential synergies between Upper Beaver and Upper Canada

 

The Upper Beaver deposit is atypical of the Kirkland Lake - Larder Lake mining district. Gold-copper mineralization is predominantly hosted in an alkalic intrusive complex and is associated with disseminated pyrite and chalcopyrite and magnetite-sulphide veining.

The Upper Beaver deposit contains underground mineral reserves of 1.4 million ounces of gold and 20,000 tonnes of copper (8.0 million tonnes grading 5.43 g/t gold and 0.25% copper), underground measured and indicated mineral resources of 0.4 million ounces of gold and 5,100 tonnes of copper (3.6 million tonnes grading 3.45 g/t gold and 0.14% copper) and underground inferred mineral resources of 1.4 million ounces of gold and 17,300 tonnes of copper (8.7 million tonnes grading 5.07 g/t gold and 0.20% copper). Mineral reserves and mineral resources are estimated as of December 31, 2017 and are reported on a 100% basis. For a detailed breakdown of mineral reserves and mineral resources, please refer to the Company's press release dated February 14, 2018.

The exploration program at Upper Beaver in 2018 will consist of:

  • Nine diamond drill holes, totalling approximately 4,500 metres, designed to test shallow geophysical and soil anomalies predominantly outside of the known mineralized zones
  • Approximately 6,000 metres of drilling (one pilot and four wedge holes) to test for down-dip, down-plunge and on strike extensions of the deep inferred mineral resource at a depth of 1,300 to 1,785 metres

 

The past-producing Upper Canada property is located approximately six kilometres southwest of the Upper Beaver property. The Upper Canada deposit, which is approximately 1.6 kilometres north of the main Larder-Cadillac Deformation Zone ("LCDZ"), occurs within a 300 to 400 metres wide strongly altered deformation corridor that is interpreted as a splay from the LCDZ. Host rocks are primarily volcanic tuffs and sediments that have been intruded by syenite bodies. Gold mineralization is associated with intensely altered shear zones with fine pyrite and ancillary sulfide mineralization. En-echelon higher-grade lenses are present within a broader envelope of lower grade mineralization.

The Upper Canada deposit contains open pit inferred mineral resources of 0.3 million ounces of gold (4.9 million tonnes grading 1.97 g/t gold) and underground inferred mineral resources of 1.4 million ounces of gold (7.2 million tonnes grading 6.22 g/t gold). Mineral resources are estimated as of December 31, 2017 and are reported on a 100% basis.

The exploration program at Upper Canada in 2018 will consist of:

  • 20 diamond drill holes, totalling approximately 6,000 metres, designed to test regional targets, including parallel structures with open pit potential
  • Approximately 5,000 metres of near deposit drilling to test areas of known mineralization that are outside of the current inferred mineral resource envelopes

 

In addition to the drill programs at Upper Beaver and Upper Canada, approximately 1,600 metres of drilling will be carried out to test structural targets between the Upper Canada deposit and the Munro deposit. This area is thought to host the LCDZ under thick overburden cover.

Lapa – Milling Operations Re-started

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

Lapa Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

17


130

Tonnes of ore milled per day

193


1,439

Gold grade (g/t)

4.01


4.25

Gold production (ounces) 

1,722


15,360

Production costs per tonne (C$)

$

40


$

133

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)

$

136


$

134

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

307


$

839

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

1,056


$

854

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to the timing of unsold inventory as milling operations resumed in March 2018. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower throughput levels. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower production and the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower throughput levels as the mine approaches the end of operations.

Milling operations resumed in March 2018 with processing expected to continue through the commencement of production from LaRonde Zone 5 in the third quarter of 2018. Mining operations will continue into the second quarter at a reduced rate. Production guidance from Lapa for 2018 remains unchanged at 10,000 ounces.

Goldex – Deep 1 Production Ramp Up Ongoing; South Zone and Deep 2 Development Progressing Well

The 100% owned Goldex mine in northwestern Quebec began production from the M and E satellite zones in September 2013.

Goldex Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

658


584

Tonnes of ore milled per day

7,306


6,489

Gold grade (g/t)

1.41


1.68

Gold production (ounces) 

27,924


30,276

Production costs per tonne (C$)

$

36


$

38

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)

$

36


$

37

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

666


$

557

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

674


$

532

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to the timing of unsold inventory. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and lower production.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 were essentially the same when compared to the prior-year period. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and lower production.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower grades and recoveries.

The Deep 1 ramp-up continues as scheduled with average daily throughput expected to be approximately 3,500 tonnes per day in 2018 as the establishment of the mining pyramid progresses. Drilling and ramp development continues at the Deep 2 Zone.

Studies are ongoing to evaluate the potential to increase throughput from the Deep 1 Zone and the potential to accelerate mining activities on a portion of the Deep 2 Zone, both of which could enhance production levels or extend the current mine life at Goldex and reduce operating costs.

At the South Zone, where gold mineralization is hosted in quartz veins, underground development is underway on two levels. The first stope in the South Zone is expected to be mined in August and there is potential to mine a total of five stopes in 2018. The South Zone is estimated to contain indicated mineral resources of 57,000 ounces of gold (432,000 tonnes grading 4.09 g/t gold) and inferred mineral resources of 169,000 ounces of gold (1.1 million tonnes grading 4.74 g/t gold).

Agnico Eagle acquired the Akasaba West gold-copper deposit in January 2014. Located less than 30 kilometres from Goldex, the Akasaba West deposit is expected to 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 costs.

The public hearings under the Quebec environmental assessment process (Bureau des Audiences Publiques en Environnement or "BAPE") were completed for the Akasaba project in 2017 and the BAPE report was issued to the Quebec Minister of the Environment on June 2, 2017. The report concludes that the project is acceptable under certain conditions.  Under the Federal process, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released its Preliminary Environmental Assessment Report on the Akasaba project on February 21, 2018 for public comments. Permitting activities continue with both Provincial and Federal government agencies. Final recommendations are expected in 2018 and start-up is projected for 2020.

NUNAVUT REGION

Agnico Eagle has identified Nunavut as a politically attractive and stable jurisdiction with enormous geological potential. With the Company's Meadowbank mine and two significant development assets (Meliadine and the Amaruq satellite deposit at Meadowbank) and other exploration projects, Nunavut has the potential to be a strategic operating platform with the ability to generate strong production and cash flows over several decades.

Meadowbank – Production Affected by Adverse Weather Conditions and Ore Hardness

The 100% owned Meadowbank mine in Nunavut, northern Canada, achieved commercial production in March 2010. The mine produced its two millionth ounce of gold in 2015.

Meadowbank Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

830


926

Tonnes of ore milled per day

9,227


10,287

Gold grade (g/t)

2.53


3.11

Gold production (ounces) 

61,447


85,370

Production costs per tonne (C$)

$

94


$

77

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)

$

88


$

74

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

1,001


$

632

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

923


$

590

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower throughput levels and the timing of unsold inventory. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to reasons described above, the strengthening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and lower gold production.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to harder ore and reduced access to the pits due to adverse winter weather conditions. Gold production guidance remains unchanged at 220,000 ounces for the full year 2018.

Amaruq Satellite Deposit – Permitting and Development Activities On Budget and Schedule for Start-up in the Third Quarter of 2019

Agnico Eagle has a 100% interest in the Amaruq satellite deposit, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of the Meadowbank mine. Amaruq is situated on a 99,878-hectare property, almost adjacent to the 68,735-hectare Meadowbank property.

Development of the Amaruq property was approved in February 2017 by the Company's Board of Directors as a satellite deposit to supply ore to the existing Meadowbank mill, pending the receipt of the required permits. The Amaruq project was included in a National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") technical report about the Meadowbank Complex, posted on SEDAR on March 22, 2018.

The initial mining plan at Amaruq contemplates production of approximately 2.1 million ounces of gold between 2019 and 2024, leaving approximately 60% of the current mineral reserve and mineral resource base uncovered by the mine plan. Pre-mining activities are expected to start in 2018 at the Whale Tail deposit, which is a satellite pit that will produce ore to feed the Meadowbank mill.

Production is currently forecast to begin in the third quarter of 2019 (with approximately four to five months of production in 2019). Production in 2019 is expected to be between 135,000 and 190,000 ounces, with a mid-point of 162,500 ounces. In 2020, production is expected to be between 260,000 and 270,000 ounces, with a mid-point of 265,000 ounces. The Company continues to investigate additional opportunities to optimize the mine plan at Amaruq.

On March 15, 2018, the project certificate for the development and operation of the Whale Tail pit was received from the Nunavut Impact Review Board. Permitting activities are ongoing with the Nunavut Water Board and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to finalize the Whale Tail Water License A and the authorization for work in aquatic habitat. The Company expects that the final approvals for the Whale Tail project will be received in the second quarter of 2018 and construction activities are projected to start in the third quarter.

Continued Focus on Site Development Activities, Installation of the Underground Exploration Ramp and Deep Exploration in the First Quarter of 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Amaruq site activities focused on:

  • Underground ramp development, which advanced by 128 metres
  • Detailed engineering studies for Whale Tail infrastructure (52% complete)
  • Long haul truck fleet purchases secured for 2018 and 2019
  • Procurement of key items for the 2018 barge season
  • Expansion of the temporary camp facility and construction of an underground maintenance shop
  • Approval for the expansion of the exploration road to a production haulage road – work began in April 2018

 

The first round of the underground exploration ramp was blasted in early January 2018, and at March 31, 2018, the ramp had advanced by 128 lateral metres to 29 metres vertical depth. For the full year 2018, approximately 1.2 kilometres of underground development is planned at a cost of $21 million, which will be expensed and not included in capital costs. The main purpose of building the ramp is to carry out additional exploration drilling and evaluate the potential for underground mining activities at both the Whale Tail and V zones.

During the first quarter, 108 definition drill holes totaling 9,179 metres were completed to infill the first few benches of the open pit in preparation of the first year production.

The Amaruq project remains on budget with capital expenditures in 2018 forecast to be approximately $175 million.

Exploration continues at depth at both the Whale Tail deposit and V Zone, well below the planned pit depths. In the first quarter of 2018, the Company drilled 5,002 metres in 15 drill holes at the Amaruq project, part of the first phase of a 67,000-metre drill program in 2018. The purpose was to infill and expand the Whale Tail deposit at depth in order to define the shape of the folded mineralization in this area. Exploration results at Amaruq were last reported in the Company's news release dated February 14, 2018.

Selected recent intercepts from the project are set out in the table below.  The drill hole collars are located on the Amaruq project local geology map; the pierce points are shown on the Amaruq project composite longitudinal section.  All intercepts reported for the Amaruq project show uncapped and capped grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that is being updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

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









Drill hole

Zone

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade (g/t)
(capped)*

AMQ17-1607C

WT

746.1

750.7

673

3.3

8.5

8.5

AMQ18-1669A

WT

677.5

681.5

582

2.8

6.5

6.5

AMQ18-1677

WT North

603.1

606.9

540

2.8

31.8

23.1


including


604.7

605.8

540

0.8

109.4

79.2


and

WT North

650.2

654.3

580

2.9

31.6

18.6


including


652.0

652.9

580

0.6

139.0

80.0


and

WT North

671.3

675.1

598

3.3

16.6

16.6


and

WT

704.1

712.0

627

7.2

6.4

6.4

AMQ18-1677A

WT

715.1

724.5

641

8.5

13.8

13.8

*

Holes at the Whale Tail deposit use a capping factor of 80 g/t gold.

 

[Amaruq Project Local Geology Map]

[Amaruq Project Composite Longitudinal Section]

The Whale Tail deposit has been defined over at least 2.3 kilometres of strike length and extends from surface to 915 metres depth.

Hole AMQ18-1677 is a significant recent deep hole that had multiple intercepts, including some narrow, very high grades between 540 and 627 metres depth. The first three intercepts were in quartz veins in ultramafic host rocks, in a parallel structure approximately 50 metres north of the iron formation that hosts the main Whale Tail mineralized zone, and included 23.1 g/t gold over 2.8 metres at 540 metres depth, 18.6 g/t gold over 2.9 metres at 580 metres depth and 16.6 g/t gold over 3.3 metres at 598 metres depth. A lower intercept from the same drill hole – 6.4 g/t gold over 7.2 metres at 627 metres depth – was in the main Whale Tail mineralized unit.

The parallel structure to the north of the main iron formation has the potential to improve the economics of the underground portion of the Whale Tail deposit. It will continue to be investigated while testing Whale Tail at depth.

A branch from the same hole, numbered AMQ18-1677A, intersected 13.8 g/t gold over 8.5 metres at 641 metres depth. This intercept confirms the width of the model at this location within the mineral resources but at a grade higher than anticipated. Two new intercepts have encountered mineralization west of the current underground mineral resources, which is one of the goals of the 2018 exploration drill program.  Hole AMQ18-1669A intersected 6.5 g/t gold over 2.8 metres at 582 metres depth, while AMQ17-1607C intersected 8.5 g/t gold over 3.3 metres at 673 metres depth. These intercepts extend the main Whale Tail mineralized unit to the west by approximately 130 metres from the current mineral resources, below 580 metres depth.

The Whale Tail deposit remains open at depth and along strike. The drill program for the remainder of 2018 will continue to test the Whale Tail deposit and the parallel structure to its north at depth, to expand the mineral resources and continue to convert inferred to indicated mineral resources. Drilling has also resumed in the V Zone to test its depth and lateral extent.

Meliadine Project - Mine Development and Construction Schedule Progressing on Plan and on Budget

Located near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, the Meliadine project was acquired in July 2010, and is Agnico Eagle's largest gold deposit in terms of mineral resources. The Company owns 100% of the 111,757 hectare property.

In February 2017, the Company's Board of Directors approved the construction of the Meliadine project. The mine was initially forecast to begin operations in the third quarter of 2019. However, given the progress of construction and development activities in 2017 and through the first quarter of 2018, the Company announced in February 2018 that the Meliadine project is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2019.

The forecast parameters surrounding the Company's proposed Meliadine operations were based on a preliminary economic assessment, which is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves and there is no certainty that the forecast production amounts will be realized. The basis for the preliminary economic assessment and the qualifications and assumptions made by the qualified person who undertook the preliminary economic assessment are set out in this news release and the Company's news release dated February 15, 2017. The results of the preliminary economic assessment had no impact on the results of any pre-feasibility or feasibility study in respect of Meliadine.

Expected gold production for 2019 is estimated to be approximately 170,000 ounces.  In 2020, expected production is approximately 385,000 ounces of gold.  The Company is evaluating potential opportunities to increase production in 2019.

At December 31, 2017, the Meliadine property was estimated to contain proven and probable mineral reserves of 3.7 million ounces of gold (16.0 million tonnes grading 7.12 g/t gold), indicated mineral resources of 3.1 million ounces of gold (25.3 million tonnes grading 3.77 g/t gold) and inferred mineral resources of 2.7 million ounces of gold (13.8 million tonnes grading 6.04 g/t gold). In addition, there are numerous other known gold occurrences along the 80-kilometre-long greenstone belt that require further evaluation.

For additional technical details on the project see the Company's news release dated February 15, 2017.

2018 Activities and Additional Opportunities to Create Value at Meliadine

The Meliadine project remains on budget with capital expenditures in 2018 forecast to be approximately $398 million. The 2019 project capital forecast is unchanged at approximately $130 million.

Recent development/construction highlights include:

  • Mechanical/Piping/Electrical/Instrumentation (MPEI) is progressing as planned for both the process plant and power plant; limited mechanical equipment will be airlifted ahead of the barge season to continue to advance the construction schedule
  • Commissioning of the process plant is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019
  • The generators for the power plant are expected to be delivered to the site on the first sealift of 2018 in June
  • The multiservice building (office, warehouse, maintenance) will be fully functional in the second quarter of 2018
  • Civil work for the paste and crusher plant are underway and will be ready for construction in the second quarter of 2018
  • The SAG mill components are on site and installation began in April 2018
  • In the first quarter of 2018, approximately 2,118 metres of lateral underground development was completed, which was slightly ahead of budget
  • In the first quarter of 2018, approximately 5,500 metres of underground delineation drilling had been completed, which is in line with the budget. As a result, 90% of the stopes that will be developed in 2018 have been delineated. The delineation of 2019 stopes is progressing well
  • Results from the delineation drilling have generally been in line with the block model
  • The remaining procurement packages have now been awarded, with follow up for delivery on the 2018 sealift

 

The Company believes that there are numerous opportunities to create additional value at Meliadine, both at the mine and on the large land package. These include:

  • Optimization of the current mine plan (advance Phase 2 pit implementation)
  • Potential to optimize labour costs once the mine is in operation (via improved use of telecommunications)
  • Minesite exploration upside through mineral resource conversion and expansion of known ore zones (most zones are open below a vertical depth of 450 metres)
  • Potential for the discovery of new deposits along the 80 kilometre-long greenstone belt

 

FINLAND AND SWEDEN

Agnico Eagle's Kittila mine in Finland is the largest primary gold producer in Europe and hosts the Company's largest mineral reserves. Exploration activities continue to expand the mineral reserves and mineral resources and the Company has approved an expansion to add an underground shaft and increase expected mill throughput by 25 percent to 2.0 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa"). In Sweden, the Company has a 55% interest in the Barsele exploration project.

Kittila – Higher Throughout Partially Offsets Lower Grades and Recoveries

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

Kittila Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)

468


423

Tonnes of ore milled per day

5,204


4,697

Gold grade (g/t)

3.77


4.29

Gold production (ounces) 

48,118


51,621

Production costs per tonne (EUR)

75


78

Minesite costs per tonne (EUR)

74


75

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

888


$

696

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

882


$

668

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher throughput levels. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Euro relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and lower production.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 were essentially the same when compared to the prior-year period. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Euro relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and lower production.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower grades and recoveries. In addition, a 10-day planned maintenance shutdown at the mill took place in April 2018. This shutdown was factored into the 2018 guidance.

In February 2018, the Company's Board of Directors approved an expansion to increase throughput rates at Kittila to 2.0 mtpa from the current rate of 1.6 mtpa. This expansion includes the construction of a 1,044 metre deep shaft, a processing plant expansion as well as other infrastructure and service upgrades.

This expansion project is expected to increase the efficiency of the mine and decrease or maintain current operating costs while providing access to the deeper mining horizons. In addition, the shaft is expected to provide access to the mineral resources located below 1,150 metres, where recent exploration programs have shown promising results. This expansion project remains on schedule and exploration drilling is ongoing to expand and infill the mineral reserve and mineral resource base at depth.

SOUTHERN BUSINESS REVIEW

Agnico Eagle's Southern Business operations are focused in Mexico. These operations have been a source of growing precious metals production (gold and silver), stable operating costs and strong free cash flow since 2009.

Pinos Altos – Advancement of Satellite Deposits is a Key Focus in 2018

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

Pinos Altos Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)

519


553

Tonnes of ore processed per day

5,770


6,149

Gold grade (g/t)

2.62


2.71

Gold production (ounces) 

41,836


45,360

Production costs per tonne 

$

67


$

43

Minesite costs per tonne 

$

61


$

48

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

829


$

523

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

539


$

358

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower throughput, higher costs associated with underground mining and the timing of unsold inventory. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold production, the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and the reasons described above.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold production, slightly lower by-product revenue, the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and the reasons described above.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower throughput and lower grades, however, throughput and grades are expected to improve over the balance of 2018 with resulting lower unit costs.

In 2018, Pinos Altos is transitioning into a predominantly underground mining operation, with associated higher costs, and limited open pit production. The development of satellite deposits provides an opportunity to lower unit costs by filling available capacity at the processing and heap leaching facility. Optimization opportunities are being studied to reduce unit costs

During the first quarter of 2018, construction was completed on the Phase IV heap leach pad and ore stacking commenced. This pad will receive the remaining open pit ore being mined at Pinos Altos in 2018, and will have the capacity to process heap leach ore from other sources.

A key focus in the first quarter of 2018 was on the continued advancement of the Sinter and Cubiro satellite deposits at Pinos Altos. The Sinter deposit will be mined from underground and a small open pit. At Sinter, tree clearing has been completed and permits have been received for open pit mining and underground ramp development. Construction of the portal and underground development activities are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018, with initial production from Sinter expected to commence in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Cubiro deposit is an underground exploration opportunity, located immediately west of the Creston Mascota mine, which is envisioned to potentially produce high grade ore that will be trucked to the Pinos Altos processing facilities as early as in 2022. The access road is under construction with completion expected in July 2018. Portal and ramp development will be initiated once the access road is completed and 420 metres of underground development is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018. Underground exploration and delineation are expected to commence in early 2019.

Exploration in the First Quarter of 2018 Focused on Reyna de Plata Deposit

The Reyna de Plata deposit is an opportunity for another satellite source of ore on the Pinos Altos property, approximately 1,200 metres north of the Oberon de Weber pit. Exploration permits were received for the Reyna de Plata deposit in the fourth quarter of 2017, and a 5,000-metre drill program commenced in mid-January 2018. In the first quarter of 2018, exploration included 3,450 metres of infill drilling focused on converting inferred to indicated mineral resources within the current resources pit model.

Selected recent drill results and drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the tables below.  The collars are also located on the Pinos Altos Local Geology Map. All intercepts reported for the Reyna de Plata Zone show uncapped and capped gold and silver grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that will be updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

Recent exploration drill results from the Reyna de Plata Deposit at the Pinos Altos mine










Drill Hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold grade
(g/t)

(capped)

Silver grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Silver
grade (g/t)
(capped)

RP18-035

2.2

21.0

16

18.2

0.9

0.9

39

39

RP18-038

1.5

12.0

10

9.5

0.9

0.9

25

25


and

20.4

31.0

35

9.6

3.0

1.7

27

27


and

72.0

75.5

99

3.2

2.3

2.3

42

42


and

81.6

85.6

112

3.6

9.6

4.2

164

144

RP18-039

36.0

61.3

57

22.9

2.0

2.0

56

53


and

78.0

81.0

97

2.7

3.8

3.8

44

44

RP18-043

22.0

41.5

31

17.7

0.9

0.9

12

12

RP18-048

76.3

80.9

78

4.1

8.4

4.7

55

55


and

88.4

92.7

89

3.9

3.1

2.5

23

23

RP18-051

20.9

28.9

31

7.3

1.2

1.2

42

42


and

42.0

47.2

65

4.7

1.7

1.7

40

40


and

60.9

66.0

84

4.6

1.6

1.6

34

34

Cut-off value 0.30 g/t gold, maximum 3.0 metres internal dilution

Holes at the Reyna de Plata zone use a capping factor of 10 g/t gold and 200 g/t silver.

 

Reyna de Plata Deposit at Pinos Altos mine exploration drill collar coordinates


Drill collar coordinates*

Drill Hole ID

UTM North

UTM East

Elevation (metres
above sea level)

Azimuth
(degrees)

Dip
(degrees)

Length
(metres)

RP18-035

3131308

765553

2,038

201

-44

147

RP18-038

3131334

765481

2,029

200

-46

159

RP18-039

3131344

765583

2,000

201

-60

147

RP18-043

3131417

765328

1,992

201

-45

156

RP18-048

3131369

765326

2,033

199

-45

141

RP18-051

3131364

765478

2,012

201

-46

120

*

Coordinate System UTM Nad 27 Zone N12

 

[Pinos Altos Local Geology Map]

The geological focus of the Pinos Altos property is a horst structure – which is an uplifted block of rocks – at least 10 kilometers long by 3 kilometers wide, defined by the Reyna de Plata Fault to the north and the Santo Niño Fault to the south. The Reyna de Plata deposit hosts inferred mineral resources of 110,000 ounces gold and 3.9 million ounces silver (5.8 million tonnes grading 0.59 g/t gold and 21.14 g/t silver) at open pit depth, as well as 93,000 ounces gold and 1.4 million ounces silver (1.2 million tonnes grading 2.35 g/t gold and 35.11 g/t silver) at underground depth. These inferred mineral resources formed part of the total Pinos Altos mineral resources estimate as of December 31, 2017. 

The Reyna de Plata deposit lies along the Reyna de Plata Fault, as does the Sinter Zone 1,740 metres to the northwest. The Reyna de Plata deposit consists of low-sulphidation epithermal vein-style mineralization over a 2.5-kilometre strike length in an east-west direction. The gold and silver mineralization is accompanied by green-clear-white quartz and calcite in veins, stockwork and breccia.

Recent drilling has yielded significant shallow intervals such as hole RP18-038 that intersected multiple mineralized intervals, including 1.7 g/t gold and 27 g/t silver over 9.6 metres at 35 metres depth and 4.2 g/t gold and 144 g/t silver over 3.6 metres at 112 metres depth. Approximately 100 metres to the east, hole RP18-039 intersected 2.0 g/t gold and 53 g/t silver over 22.9 metres at 57 metres depth and 3.8 g/t gold and 44 g/t silver over 2.7 metres at 97 metres depth. Approximately 270 metres to the northwest of the latter hole, hole RP18-043 intersected 0.9 g/t gold and 12 g/t silver over 17.7 metres at 31 metres depth. The results of this program are expected to increase the mineral resources and allow for the conversion to indicated mineral resources at Reyna de Plata in the year-end mineral resources estimate.

Different mining options are currently being studied for the potential exploitation of the deposit.

Creston Mascota – Mining Transitions to Bravo Deposit; Drilling Continues to Extend Mineralization at Madrono

The 100% owned Creston Mascota open pit heap leach, located less than 7 kilometres from Pinos Altos, has been operating since late 2010. 

Creston Mascota deposit at Pinos Altos - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)

475


524

Tonnes of ore processed per day

5,273


5,817

Gold grade (g/t)

0.67


1.16

Gold production (ounces) 

11,988


11,244

Production costs per tonne 

$

20


$

13

Minesite costs per tonne 

$

22


$

13

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

805


$

621

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

738


$

525

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to fewer tonnes processed, higher contractor and maintenance costs and the timing of unsold inventory. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and the reasons described above.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the reasons described above. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods and reasons described above.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to optimizations made to the leaching process, which resulted in faster initial recoveries from on-pad inventories when compared to the prior-year period. Silver recoveries also improved in the current period largely due to a finer crush size.

In 2018, the Creston Mascota pit will be transitioning to the Bravo pit, located immediately to the south.  Higher costs are expected due to longer hauling distances and higher stripping volumes. Optimization opportunities are being studied to reduce unit costs. The development of satellite deposits provide an opportunity to extend mine life at the Creston Mascota heap leaching facility.

During the first quarter of 2018, work continued on the access road to the Bravo deposit (92% completed) and a new waste rock storage site has been located closer to the deposit, which is expected to reduce waste haulage costs. Initial mining activities have commenced at Bravo and it is expected to be the primary ore source at Creston Mascota for approximately the next two years.

Soil removal at the Phase V heap leach pad was completed in March 2018, and the new pad is expected to be in operation in the third quarter of 2018.

Drilling Continues to Expand Mineralized Zones at Madrono

Exploration at the high-grade Madrono Zone, immediately southeast of the Creston Mascota pit, began in early 2016, and to the end of 2017 a total of 33,045 metres (162 holes) had been drilled on the zone. The initial indicated mineral resources at the Madrono zone are 56,000 ounces gold and 863,000 ounces silver (858,000 tonnes grading 2.03 g/t gold and 31.26 g/t silver), all at underground depth. The Madrono zone also has inferred mineral resources of 144,000 ounces gold and 2.6 million ounces silver (1,941,000 tonnes grading 2.31 g/t gold and 40.97 g/t silver), all at underground depth. The Madrono zone's mineral resources formed part of the total Pinos Altos mineral resources estimate as of December 31, 2017.

Drilling in the first quarter of 2018 totalled 5,073 metres of infill and exploration drilling in 24 holes. The Madrono zone is a potential satellite mining opportunity to provide mill feed to extend the mine life at Pinos Altos.

Drilling results for Madrono were last reported in the Company's news release dated February 14, 2018.

Selected recent drill results from the Madrono Zone and drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the tables below. The collars are also located on the Pinos Altos Local Geology Map. All intercepts reported for the Madrono Zone show uncapped and capped gold and silver grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that will be updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

Recent exploration drill results from the Madrono Zone at the Creston Mascota mine










Drill Hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade (g/t)
(capped)

Silver
grade (g/t)
(uncapped)

Silver
grade (g/t)
(capped)

MAD17-128

144.0

149.0

173

4.3

4.3

3.5

41

41

MAD17-131

73.0

78.0

72

4.3

1.6

1.5

20

20


and

102.0

108.5

96

5.6

2.0

2.0

39

39

MAD18-133

109.4

117.4

128

7.7

1.7

1.7

22

22


including

109.4

110.3

124

0.9

7.8

7.8

65

65


and

130.7

135.0

148

4.2

1.3

1.3

46

46


and

144.5

148.8

161

4.1

1.8

1.8

14

14

MAD18-134

121.8

130.5

118

7.5

5.1

2.0

28

28


including

125.4

126.9

121

1.3

27.2

10.0

111

111

MAD18-135

115.0

123.3

126

7.8

1.4

1.4

27

27


and

127.0

133.3

136

6.0

3.2

1.8

52

46


and

135.0

142.5

144

7.1

1.1

1.1

22

22

MAD18-136

125.8

142.6

145

16.2

3.2

2.2

47

47


Including

134.0

135.5

147

1.5

21.3

10.0

133

133

MAD18-148

35.7

42.6

23

6.7

3.4

3.1

38

38

Cut-off value 0.30 g/t gold, maximum 3.0 metres internal dilution

Holes at the Madrono Zone use a capping factor of 10 g/t gold and 200 g/t silver.

 

Madrono Zone at Creston Mascota mine exploration drill collar coordinates


Drill collar coordinates*

Drill Hole ID

UTM North

UTM East

Elevation
(metres above
sea level)

Azimuth
(degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length
(metres)

MAD17-128

3134755

761703

2,080

050

-53

252

MAD17-131

3134919

761662

2,134

359

-45

351

MAD18-133

3134882

761698

2,124

052

-45

207

MAD18-134

3134904

761639

2,118

000

-45

348

MAD18-135

3134727

761760

2,124

051

-46

237

MAD18-136

3134826

761701

2,106

051

-45

192

MAD18-148

3135002

761643

2,154

011

-45

180

*

Coordinate System UTM Nad 27 Zone

 

[Pinos Altos Local Geology Map]

Recent results at Madrono are encouraging for the potential of a broad area of mineralization at the junction of the Madrono and Santa Martha veins. Intercepts in this area include hole MAD18-133 that intersected 1.7 g/t gold and 22 g/t silver over 7.7 metres at 128 metres depth. Sixty metres to the northwest, hole MAD18-134 intersected 2.0 g/t gold and 28 g/t silver over 7.5 metres at 118 metres depth. Also nearby is hole MAD18-136 that intersected 2.2 g/t gold and 47 g/t silver over 16.2 metres at 145 metres depth.

These intercepts indicate the presence of an ore shoot plunging to the southwest with potential to grow at depth and laterally. The Madrono Zone continues to be open at depth. Mineral resources are expected to be updated at the end of this year considering various mining scenarios.

La India – Modifications to Heap Leach Process Expected to Improve Gold Production

The 100% owned La India mine in Sonora, Mexico, located approximately 70 kilometres from the Company's Pinos Altos mine, achieved commercial production in February 2014.

La India Mine - Operating Statistics





Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)

1,695


1,402

Tonnes of ore processed per day

18,838


15,575

Gold grade (g/t)

0.74


0.74

Gold production (ounces) 

23,055


26,296

Production costs per tonne 

$

9


$

9

Minesite costs per tonne 

$

9


$

10

Production costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

668


$

499

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced ($ per ounce): 

$

668


$

438

 

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 were the same when compared to the prior-year period. Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold production and the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2018 were essentially the same when compared to the prior-year period. Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2018 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold production, lower by-product revenue and the strengthening of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar between periods.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower recoveries.

In 2017, La India transitioned to mining the Main Zone by open pit. This zone has slower recoveries than the North Zone, which are being addressed with an optimization strategy to improve production and costs. The development of satellite deposits also provides an opportunity to extend mine life.

In the first quarter of 2018, several small modifications that are part of a broader optimization plan were completed to the La India heap leach process to improve gold production. Improvements included:

  • At the absorption, desorption and refining ("ADR") plant, two additional carbon columns were installed and commissioned in mid-March with positive results
  • An additional carbon regeneration kiln has also been ordered with commissioning expected by June 2018
  • At the heap leach pad, ore stacking and irrigation plans have been optimized, which is expected to provide more effective leaching dynamics

 

La India Exploration Focused on Extending Near-Pit Mineralization and Other Near-Mine Targets

During the first quarter of 2018, exploration drilling was predominately focused in the El Realito area to evaluate the potential to increase mineral resources in close proximity to the current mining areas. Drilling was also carried out on the Los Tubos Zone to explore northeast- and northwest-trending mineralized structures. Drilling results for the La India property were last reported in the Company's news release dated February 14, 2018.

Mine-site exploration at the La India property in the first quarter of 2018 included 2,665 metres (22 holes) at Los Tubos and 4,168 metres (27 holes) at El Realito, totalling 6,833 metres of the 25,000-metre budget in 2018. In addition, the regional exploration at the La India property in the first quarter of 2018 included mapping and surface sampling at Chipriona as well as metallurgical testing. Exploration and definition drilling of the Chipriona structure will resume in May.

Selected recent drill results from the La India property and the drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the tables below. The collars are located on the La India Area Property and Location Map.  The intercepts reported for the La India property show uncapped and capped gold and silver grades over estimated true widths, based on a preliminary geological interpretation that will be updated as new information becomes available with further drilling. The gold and silver grades for the Chipriona regional target are not capped as the project is at too early a stage to determine capping values.

Additional drilling is planned in the El Realito, Los Tubos, El Cochi, Main Zone, Chipriona and Tarachi areas over the remainder of 2018.

Recent exploration drill results from the La India property











Drill Hole

Vein

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(capped)

Silver
grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Silver
grade
(g/t)
(capped)

INER18-125

El Realito

74.5

79.0

86

3.3

1.6

1.6

21

21


and

El Realito

124.0

140.9

134

14.1

2.4

2.4

3

3


including


135.0

139.0

137

3.2

6.8

6.8

5

5

INER18-139

El Realito

82.0

90.1

56

7.2

3.4

3.1

15

15

CHP17-010

Chipriona

25.5

44.5

25

14.3

0.5

-

15

-


including


33.0

38.0

25

3.8

1.1

-

32

-

CHP17-012

Chipriona

0.0

24.0

10

18.0

0.6

-

216

-


including


17.0

22.3

19

4.0

1.5

-

813

-

CHP17-013

Chipriona

96.0

107.0

103

8.3

0.9

-

407

-

CHP17-014

Chipriona

67.0

95.0

68

21.0

0.5

-

18

-


including


67.0

74.0

59

5.3

0.8

-

30

-

CHP17-016

Chipriona

14.0

24.0

20

7.5

0.6

-

82

-

CHP17-019

Chipriona

0.0

78.0

38

58.5

0.6

-

21

-


including


19.0

27.0

23

6.0

1.8

-

70

-

CHP17-021

Chipriona

45.8

49.8

22

3.0

0.6

-

137

-


and

Chipriona

125.0

159.5

114

24.6

0.5

-

60

-


including


145.0

151.0

117

4.5

0.7

-

137

-

CHP17-024

Chipriona

242.0

264.0

214

16.5

2.3

-

24

-


including


250.0

256.0

212

4.5

7.5

-

20

-

CHP17-026

Chipriona

18.3

32.0

11

10.3

1.0

-

9

-

CHP17-027

Chipriona

12.0

57.4

22

33.0

0.4

-

120

-


including


47.0

52.5

35

3.1

1.0

-

684

-

CHP17-028

Chipriona

57.0

61.5

27

3.4

0.2

-

269

-


and

Chipriona

122.5

127.0

48

3.4

4.1

-

66

-


and

Chipriona

182.8

188.0

80

3.9

1.2

-

21

-


and

Chipriona

314.5

320.0

127

4.1

1.2

-

57

-

CHP17-035

Chipriona

1.5

76.6

37

56.3

0.9

-

34

-


including


23.0

61.5

40

28.9

1.4

-

40

-

CHP17-036

Chipriona

0.0

37.5

20

28.1

0.7

-

170

-


including


0.0

10.1

5

7.6

1.8

-

370

-

Holes at the La India property, including the El Realito Zone, use a capping factor of 10 g/t gold and 200 g/t silver. Holes at the
Chipriona regional target report uncapped gold and silver grades.

 

La India property exploration drill hole collar coordinates


Drill Hole Collar Coordinates*

Drill Hole ID

UTM North

UTM East

Elevation
(metres
above sea
level)

Azimuth
(degrees)

Dip
(degrees)

Length
(metres)

INER18-125

3177900

708838

2,000

270

-75

180

INER18-139

3178363

709102

2,031

315

-60

135

CHP17-010

3180458

706983

1,502

045

-55

183

CHP17-012

3180561

706779

1,543

225

-45

222

CHP17-013

3180607

706627

1,567

045

-45

369

CHP17-014

3180793

706316

1,553

225

-45

222

CHP17-016

3180721

706617

1,609

225

-45

228

CHP17-019

3180420

707007

1,519

045

-45

180

CHP17-021

3180856

706627

1,633

225

-45

270

CHP17-024

3180602

706907

1,505

225

-45

291

CHP17-026

3180480

707247

1,611

225

-45

171

CHP17-027

3180696

706363

1,570

225

-45

170

CHP17-028

3180414

707307

1,617

225

-45

324

CHP17-035

3180325

707059

1,543

045

-45

162

CHP17-036

3181019

706470

1,558

225

-45

252

*

Coordinate System UTM NAD27 Mexico 12 Zone

 

[La India Area Property and Location Map]

El Realito Zone; Encouraging results, Open to the Northeast and Southwest

Exploration drilling is defining and extending the mineralization at the El Realito satellite project, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres east of the North and La India zones, to evaluate the potential to increase mineral resources in close proximity to the existing La India mining operations, with encouraging results. Initial indicated mineral resources have been declared at El Realito of 112,000 ounces gold and 642,000 ounces silver (5.0 million tonnes grading 0.70 g/t gold and 4.00 g/t silver); inferred mineral resources are 18,000 ounces gold and 97,000 ounces silver (1.4 million tonnes grading 0.40 g/t gold and 2.20 g/t silver). The mineral resources at El Realito formed part of the total mineral resources estimate for La India as of December 31, 2017.

The El Realito mineralization is found in northeast-striking subvertical parallel structural corridors of breccia that appear to have acted as conduits, bringing gold and silver mineralization into the favourable subhorizontal volcanic rock layers (the lower porphyritic dacite).

An infill drill program is underway at El Realito, with some holes being extended to explore areas outside the current mineral resources. An example of this is hole INER18-125 that intersected 1.6 g/t gold and 21 g/t silver over 3.3 metres at 86 metres depth, followed by 2.4 g/t gold and 3 g/t silver over 14.1 metres at 134 metres depth, including 6.8 g/t gold and 5 g/t silver over 3.2 metres.  This hole extends both the subvertical and the subhorizontal mineralization approximately 50 metres to the southwest.

Approximately 600 metres to the northeast, hole INER18-139 intersected 3.1 g/t gold and 15 g/t silver over 7.2 metres at 56 metres depth. Previous mineralization encountered in this area grades lower than this and was mostly in subhorizontal layers, whereas this mineralization is thought to be related to the subvertical feeder zone. El Realito remains open to the northeast and southwest.

Chipriona Zone; Indications of Sulphide Potential

The Chipriona satellite target is located approximately one kilometre north of the North Zone at the La India mine. Agnico Eagle acquired its 100% interest in the Chipriona property in December 2016. Mineralization at Chipriona consists of what appears to be structurally controlled gold- and silver-rich veins, stringers and breccia with significant sulphide zinc, lead and copper content.  Metallurgical testing will be conducted to determine the potential processing and cut-off grades for this type of mineralization. A diamond drill program on Chipriona began in the second quarter of 2017 and 8,582 metres (38 holes) were completed last year. Results of the initial holes were reported in the Company's news release dated September 5, 2017. Selected results from the remainder of the program are included in this new release.

Initial results at Chipriona have been encouraging. Surface mapping and sampling have traced stacked structures within the Chipriona mineralized corridor that has a width ranging from tens of metres to a few hundred metres over a northwest strike length of at least 2,000 metres; 1,200 metres of this length has been confirmed through drill-testing. Mineralization has been intersected from surface to a depth of 214 metres. The project hosts a swarm of parallel and subparallel structural pathways that are favourable hosts for sulphide-based gold-silver mineralization with base metal credits. Significant mineralization has been intersected near surface over substantial widths; this suggests the potential for bulk mining lower-grade mineralization in stockwork zones that surround high-grade feeder zones. The gold and silver grades reported at Chipriona are uncapped.

The strongest intercept to date at Chipriona is also the deepest. In the southeast part of the zone, hole CHP17-024 intersected 2.3 g/t gold and 24 g/t silver over 16.5 metres at 214 metres depth, including 7.5 g/t gold and 20 g/t silver over 4.5 metres. Close to surface in the same area, hole CHP17-012 intersected 0.6 g/t gold and 216 g/t silver over 18.0 metres at 10 metres depth, including 1.5 g/t gold and 813 g/t silver over 4.0 metres.

Approximately 300 metres to the southeast, hole CHP17-035 intersected 0.9 g/t gold and 34 g/t silver over 56.3 metres at 37 metres depth, including 1.4 g/t gold and 40 g/t silver over 28.9 metres. In the same vicinity, hole CHP17-028 intersected 0.2 g/t gold and 269 g/t silver over 3.4 metres at 27 metres depth, as well as 4.1 g/t gold and 66 g/t silver over 3.4 metres at 48 metres depth.

Approximately 1,000 metres to the northwest, hole CHP17-036 intersected 0.7 g/t gold and 170 g/t silver over 28 metres at 20 metres depth, including 1.8 g/t gold and 370 g/t silver over 7.6 metres.

The mineralized system remains open along strike, and shows significant potential at depth; parallel mineralized structures show Chipriona-like potential. Definition drilling is expected to start soon to look at opportunities for either bulk-mineable or high-grade areas in the known portion of the zone. Exploration drilling will test for extensions of the mineralized system.

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 and Sweden. 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", "all-in sustaining costs per ounce", "minesite costs per tonne" and "adjusted net income" that are not standardized measures under IFRS.  These data may not be comparable to data reported by other issuers. For a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable financial information reported in the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, other than adjusted net income, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.

The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is reported 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 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 this measure 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.

The Company calculates all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis 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, and then dividing by the number of ounces 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 all-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis, except that the total cash costs on a co-product basis are used, meaning no adjustment is made for by-product metal revenues. All-in sustaining costs per ounce is used to show the full cost of gold production from current operations. Management is aware that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in foreign 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.

Minesite costs per tonne are calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income for unsold concentrate inventory production costs, and then dividing by tonnes of ore processed. As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced can be affected by fluctuations in by‑product metal prices and foreign exchange rates, management believes that minesite costs per tonne 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.

Adjusted net income is calculated by adjusting the basic net income per share as recorded in the consolidated statements of income for foreign currency translation gains and losses, mark-to-market adjustments, non-recurring gains and losses and unrealized gains and losses on financial instruments. Management uses adjusted net income to evaluate the underlying operating performance of the Company and to assist with the planning and forecasting of future operating results. Management believes that adjusted net income is a useful measure of performance because foreign currency translation gains and losses, mark-to-market adjustments, non-recurring gains and losses and unrealized gains and losses on financial instruments do not reflect the underlying operating performance of the Company and may not be indicative of future operating results.

Management also performs sensitivity analyses in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating foreign exchange rates and metal prices. This news release also contains information as to estimated future total cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs per ounce and minesite costs per tonne. The estimates are based upon the total cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs per ounce 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 26, 2018. Certain statements contained in this news 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 news release, the words "anticipate", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "future", "plan", "possible", "potential", "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, total cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs per ounce, minesite costs per tonne, other expenses and cash flows; the estimated timing and conclusions of technical reports and other studies and evaluations; the methods by which ore will be extracted or processed; statements concerning the Company's plans to build operations at Meliadine, Amaruq, LaRonde Zone 5 and Akasaba West and the Company's expansion plans at Kitilla, including the timing and funding thereof; statements concerning other expansion projects, recovery rates, mill throughput, optimization and projected exploration expenditures, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; statements regarding timing and amounts of capital expenditures and other assumptions; estimates of future mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral production, optimization efforts and sales; estimates of future capital expenditures and other cash needs, and expectations as to the funding thereof; statements 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 mineral reserves and mineral resources; statements regarding the Company's ability to obtain the necessary permits and authorizations in connection with its exploration, development and mining operations and the anticipated timing thereof; statements regarding anticipated future exploration; the anticipated timing of events with respect to the Company's mine sites; and statements regarding the sufficiency of the Company's cash resources and other statements 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 news release and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. 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, 2017 filed with Canadian securities regulators and that are included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2017 ("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, development and expansion at each of Agnico Eagle's properties proceeds on a basis consistent with current expectations and plans; that the relevant metal prices, foreign 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. 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, project development, capital expenditures and other costs; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; financing of additional capital requirements; cost of exploration and development programs; mining risks; community protests, including by First Nations groups; risks associated with foreign operations; the unfavorable outcome of litigation involving the Partnership; governmental and environmental regulation; the volatility of the Company's stock price; and risks associated with the Company's currency, fuel and 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 news release, 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. Other than as required by law, the Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements.

Notes to Investors Regarding the Use of Mineral Resources

Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources

This news release uses the terms "measured mineral resources" and "indicated mineral 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 mineral reserves.

Cautionary Note to Investors Concerning Estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources

This news release also uses the term "inferred mineral resources". Investors are advised that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it.  "Inferred mineral 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 any part or all of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

Scientific and Technical Data

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release relating to Quebec operations has been approved by Christian Provencher, Eng., Vice-President, Canada; relating to Nunavut operations has been approved by Dominique Girard, Eng., Vice-President, Nunavut Operations; relating to the Finland operations has been approved by Francis Brunet, Eng., Corporate Director Mining; relating to Southern Business operations has been approved by Marc Legault, Eng., Senior Vice President, Operations – U.S.A. & Latin America; and relating to exploration has been approved by Alain Blackburn, Eng., Senior Vice-President, Exploration and Guy Gosselin, Eng. and P.Geo., Vice-President, Exploration, each of whom is a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

The scientific and technical information relating to Agnico Eagle's mineral reserves and mineral resources contained herein (other than the Canadian Malartic mine) has been approved by Daniel Doucet, Eng., Senior Corporate Director, Reserve Development; and relating to mineral reserves and mineral resources at the Canadian Malartic mine contained herein has been approved by Donald Gervais, P.Geo., Director of Technical Services at CMC, each of whom is a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of 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 reserve and mineral resource estimates in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Best Practice Guidelines for Exploration and Best Practice Guidelines for Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, in accordance with 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 mineral reserves under Guide 7. Agnico Eagle uses certain terms in this news release, such as "measured", "indicated", "inferred" and "resources" that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC.

In prior periods, mineral 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 mineral reserve determination, which the Staff of the SEC has interpreted to mean historic three-year average prices. Given the current commodity price environment, Agnico Eagle has decided to use price assumptions that are below the three-year averages.

Assumptions used for the December 31, 2017 mineral reserves estimate at all mines and advanced projects reported by the Company


Metal prices

Exchange rates


Gold
(US$/oz)

Silver
(US$/oz)

Copper
(US$/lb)

Zinc
(US$/lb)

C$ per
US$1.00

Mexican
peso per
US$1.00

US$ per
€1.00

Long-life
operations and
projects

$1,150

$16.00

$2.50

$1.00

C$1.20

MXP16.00

US$1.15

Short-life
operations – Lapa,
Meadowbank
mine, Santos Nino
pit and Creston
Mascota satellite
operation at Pinos
Altos

C$1.25

MXP17.00

Not
applicable

Upper Canada,
Upper Beaver*,
Canadian Malartic
mine**

$1,200

Not
applicable

2.75

Not
applicable

C$1.25

Not
applicable

Not
applicable

*

The Upper Beaver project has a C$125/tonne net smelter return (NSR)

**

The Canadian Malartic mine uses a cut-off grade between 0.35 g/t and 0.37 g/t gold (depending on the deposit)

 

NI 43-101 requires mining companies to disclose mineral reserves and mineral resources using the subcategories of "proven mineral reserves", "probable mineral reserves", "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred mineral 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. The mineral reserves presented in this news release are separate from and not a portion of the mineral resources.

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 mineral 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.

Additional Information

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, MD&A and Form 40-F.

Property/Project name and location

Date of most recent Technical
Report (NI 43-101) filed on
SEDAR

LaRonde, LaRonde Zone 5 & Ellison, Quebec, Canada

March 23, 2005

Canadian Malartic, Quebec, Canada

June 16, 2014

Kittila, Kuotko and Kylmakangas, Finland

March 4, 2010

Meadowbank Gold Complex including the Amaruq Satellite
Mine Development, Nunavut, Canada

February 14, 2018

Goldex, Quebec, Canada

October 14, 2012

Lapa, Quebec, Canada

June 8, 2006

Meliadine, Nunavut, Canada

February 11, 2015

Hammond Reef, Ontario, Canada

July 2, 2013

Upper Beaver (Kirkland Lake property), Ontario, Canada

November 5, 2012

Pinos Altos and Creston Mascota, Mexico

March 25, 2009

La India, Mexico

August 31, 2012

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)

(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended
March 31,


2018


2017





Operating margin(i)by mine:




Northern Business





LaRonde mine

$

89,760


$

70,702


Lapa mine

289


6,205


Goldex mine

18,052


20,854


Meadowbank mine

30,193


57,473


Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

62,261


51,586


Kittila mine

23,309


29,841

Southern Business





Pinos Altos mine

37,219


42,033


Creston Mascota mine

7,636


8,057


La India mine

14,390


20,369

Total operating margin(I)

283,109


307,120

Amortization of property, plant and mine development

134,370


132,509

Exploration, corporate and other

79,386


71,964

Income before income and mining taxes

69,353


102,647

Income and mining taxes expense

24,423


26,697

Net income for the period

$

44,930


$

75,950

Net income per share — basic (US$)

$

0.19


$

0.33

Net income per share — diluted (US$)

$

0.19


$

0.33





Cash flows:




Cash provided by operating activities

$

207,706


$

222,611

Cash used in investing activities

$

(354,717)


$

(153,687)

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

$

(34,348)


$

181,571





Realized prices (US$):




Gold (per ounce)

$

1,332


$

1,223

Silver (per ounce)

$

16.76


$

17.62

Zinc (per tonne)

$

3,439


$

2,782

Copper (per tonne)

$

7,201


$

6,277





Payable production(iii):




Gold (ounces):





Northern Business






LaRonde mine

89,785


78,912



Lapa mine

1,722


15,360



Goldex mine

27,924


32,671



Meadowbank mine

61,447


85,370



Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

83,403


71,382



Kittila mine

48,118


51,621


Southern Business






Pinos Altos mine

41,836


45,360



Creston Mascota mine

11,988


11,244



La India mine

23,055


26,296

Total gold (ounces)

389,278


418,216





Silver (thousands of ounces):





Northern Business






LaRonde mine

367


272



Lapa mine


1



Goldex mine




Meadowbank mine

60


71



Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

106


84



Kittila mine

3


3


Southern Business






Pinos Altos mine

541


583



Creston Mascota mine

91


56



La India mine

45


128

Total silver (thousands of ounces)

1,213


1,198





Zinc (tonnes)

1,046


1,005

Copper (tonnes)

1,292


1,272





Payable metal sold:




Gold (ounces):





Northern Business






LaRonde mine 

101,825


85,456



Lapa mine 

613


15,407



Goldex mine

27,458


33,212



Meadowbank mine

68,125


90,555



Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(iv)                                                                 

77,045


63,860



Kittila mine

49,780


53,900


Southern Business






Pinos Altos mine

46,360


45,133



Creston Mascota mine

11,889


11,626



La India mine

22,030


25,680

Total gold (ounces)

405,125


424,829





Silver (thousands of ounces):





Northern Business






LaRonde mine

362


288



Lapa mine




Goldex mine




Meadowbank mine

58


63



Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(iv)

87


79



Kittila mine

4


2


Southern Business






Pinos Altos mine

611


606



Creston Mascota mine

86


50



La India mine

47


129

Total silver (thousands of ounces):

1,255


1,217





Zinc (tonnes)

2,530


2,136

Copper (tonnes)

1,288


1,229





Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced — co-product basis (US$)(v):




Northern Business





 LaRonde mine

$

639


$

662


 Lapa mine

1,059


855


 Goldex mine(vi)

674


532


 Meadowbank mine

938


603


 Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

586


575


 Kittila mine

883


669

Southern Business





Pinos Altos mine

758


594


Creston Mascota mine

865


618


La India mine

700


525

Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced

$

733


$

616





Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced — by-product basis (US$)(v):




Northern Business





 LaRonde mine

$

427


$

464


 Lapa mine

1,056


854


 Goldex mine(vi)

674


532


 Meadowbank mine

923


590


 Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

566


556


 Kittila mine

882


668

Southern Business





 Pinos Altos mine

539


358


 Creston Mascota mine

738


525


 La India mine

668


438

Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced

$

648


$

539





Notes:




(i) Operating margin is calculated as revenues from mining operations less production costs.

(ii) The information set out in this table reflects the Company's 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine since
the date of acquisition.

(iii) Payable production (a non-GAAP non-financial performance measure) is the quantity of mineral produced
during a period contained in products that have been 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.

(iv) The Canadian Malartic mine's payable metal sold excludes the 5.0% net smelter royalty in favour of Osisko
Gold Royalties Ltd.

(v) Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be
comparable to data reported by other gold producers. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is reported on
both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (without
deducting 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 condensed interim consolidated statements of income
for by-product metal revenues, 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.

(vi) The Goldex mine's data presented  on a per ounce of gold produced basis for the three months ended March
31, 2017 excludes 2,395 ounces of payable gold production and the associated costs related to the Deep 1 Zone
which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production.

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(thousands of United States dollars, except share amounts, IFRS basis)

(Unaudited)






As at March 31,
2018


As at December 31,
2017

ASSETS




Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

452,258


$

632,978


Short-term investments

12,571


10,919


Restricted cash

1,201


422


Trade receivables 

13,734


12,000


Inventories 

467,048


500,976


Income taxes recoverable

15,876


13,598


Equity securities 

100,818


122,775


Fair value of derivative financial instruments 

9,522


17,240


Other current assets

145,682


150,626

Total current assets

1,218,710


1,461,534

Non-current assets:





Restricted cash


801


Goodwill

696,809


696,809


Property, plant and mine development

5,874,610


5,626,552


Other assets

86,315


79,905

Total assets

$

7,876,444


$

7,865,601

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

276,555


$

290,722


Reclamation provision

12,847


10,038


Interest payable

26,399


12,894


Income taxes payable

16,702


16,755


Finance lease obligations

2,799


3,412


Fair value of derivative financial instruments

275


Total current liabilities

335,577


333,821

Non-current liabilities:





Long-term debt

1,372,380


1,371,851


Reclamation provision

374,800


345,268


Deferred income and mining tax liabilities

 

815,597


827,341


Other liabilities

38,041


40,329

Total liabilities

2,936,395


2,918,610

EQUITY





Common shares:






Outstanding — 233,422,877 common shares issued, less
966,215 shares held in trust

5,292,409


5,288,432


Stock options

191,288


186,754


Contributed surplus

37,254


37,254


Deficit

(540,263)


(595,797)


Other reserves

(40,639)


30,348

Total equity

4,940,049


4,946,991

Total liabilities and equity

$

7,876,444


$

7,865,601

 

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,


2018


2017









REVENUES




Revenues from mining operations

$

578,435


$

547,459





COSTS, EXPENSES AND OTHER INCOME




Production(i)

295,326


240,339

Exploration and corporate development

30,223


25,313

Amortization of property, plant and mine development

134,370


132,509

General and administrative

33,461


30,754

Finance costs

21,816


19,706

Gain on derivative financial instruments

(1,306)


(3,800)

Gain on sale of equity securities


(76)

Environmental remediation

207


328

Foreign currency translation (gain) loss

(3,485)


852

Other income

(1,530)


(1,113)

Income before income and mining taxes

69,353


102,647

Income and mining taxes expense

24,423


26,697

Net income for the period

$

44,930


$

75,950





Net income per share - basic

$

0.19


$

0.33

Net income per share - diluted

$

0.19


$

0.33





Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands):




Basic

232,490


226,883

Diluted

234,575


229,345





Note:




(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,


2018


2017





OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net income for the period

$

44,930


$

75,950

Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:





Amortization of property, plant and mine development

134,370


132,509


Deferred income and mining taxes

(11,622)


531


Gain on sale of equity securities 


(76)


Stock-based compensation

15,324


15,390


Foreign currency translation (gain) loss 

(3,485)


852


Other

1,652


(111)

Adjustment for settlement of reclamation provision

(633)


(306)

Changes in non-cash working capital balances:





Trade receivables

(1,734)


(1,428)


Income taxes

(2,331)


(3,803)


Inventories

24,550


7,936


Other current assets

4,753


5,219


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(10,439)


(21,159)


Interest payable

12,371


11,107

Cash provided by operating activities

207,706


222,611





INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Additions to property, plant and mine development

(186,094)


(128,639)

Acquisition

(162,479)


Net purchases of short-term investments

(1,652)


(2,721)

Net proceeds from sale of equity securities 


191

Purchases of equity securities 

(4,514)


(22,537)

Decrease in restricted cash

22


19

Cash used in investing activities

(354,717)


(153,687)





FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Dividends paid

(22,649)


(19,458)

Repayment of finance lease obligations

(920)


(1,682)

Proceeds from long-term debt

250,000


Repayment of long-term debt

(250,000)


Long-term debt financing

(104)


Repurchase of common shares for stock-based compensation plans

(26,256)


(24,238)

Proceeds on exercise of stock options

12,184


10,913

Common shares issued

3,397


216,036

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(34,348)


181,571

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

639


2,718

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period

(180,720)


253,213

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

632,978


539,974

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

452,258


$

793,187





SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION




Interest paid

$

7,167


$

6,867

Income and mining taxes paid

$

37,838


$

30,363

 

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
March 31, 2018


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017

(thousands of United States dollars)








LaRonde mine


$



64,936


$



44,365

Lapa mine





528





12,887

Goldex mine





18,584





16,865

Meadowbank mine





61,490





53,978

Canadian Malartic mine(I)





47,320





32,501

Kittila mine





42,716





35,919

Pinos Altos mine





34,699





23,732

Creston Mascota mine





9,651





6,978

La India mine





15,402





13,114

Production costs per the consolidated statement of income


$



295,326


$



240,339










Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced (ii)by Mine and Reconciliation of Production

Costs to Minesite Costs per Tonne(iii)  by Mine 

(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)









LaRonde Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017


(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



89,785




78,912









Production costs


$

64,936


$

723


$

44,365


$

562


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


(7,531)


(84)


7,840


100

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

57,405


$

639


$

52,205


$

662


By-product metal revenues


(19,060)


(212)


(15,585)


(198)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

38,345


$

427


$

36,620


$

464










LaRonde Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



531




559










Production costs


$

64,936


$

122


$

44,365


$

79

Production costs (C$)


 C$

82,132


 C$

155


 C$

59,224


 C$

106

Inventory and other adjustments (C$)(v)

(17,985)


(34)


1,496


3

Minesite operating costs (C$)


 C$

64,147


 C$

121


 C$

60,720


 C$

109










Lapa Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



1,722




15,360










Production costs


$

528


$

307


$

12,887


$

839


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


1,295


752


242


16

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

1,823


$

1,059


$

13,129


$

855


By-product metal revenues


(5)


(3)


(14)


(1)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

1,818


$

1,056


$

13,115


$

854










Lapa Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



17




130










Production costs


$

528


$

31


$

12,887


$

99

Production costs (C$)


 C$

675


 C$

40


 C$

17,259


 C$

133

Inventory and other adjustments (C$)(v)

1,681


96


61


1

Minesite operating costs (C$)


 C$

2,356


 C$

136


 C$

17,320


 C$

134










Goldex Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)(vi)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



27,924




30,276










Production costs


$

18,584


$

666


$

16,865


$

557


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


237


8


(752)


(25)

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

18,821


$

674


$

16,113


$

532


By-product metal revenues


(4)



(8)


Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

18,817


$

674


$

16,105


$

532










Goldex Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)(vii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



658




584










Production costs


$

18,584


$

28


$

16,865


$

29

Production costs (C$)


 C$

23,537


 C$

36


 C$ 

22,303


 C$

38

Inventory and other adjustments (C$)(v)

402



(973)


(1)

Minesite operating costs (C$)


 C$

23,939


 C$

36


 C$

21,330


 C$

37










Meadowbank Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



61,447




85,370










Production costs


$

61,490


$

1,001


$

53,978


$

632


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


(3,821)


(63)


(2,515)


(29)

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

57,669


$

938


$

51,463


$

603


By-product metal revenues


(974)


(15)


(1,107)


(13)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

56,695


$

923


$

50,356


$

590










Meadowbank Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



830




926










Production costs


$

61,490


$

74


$

53,978


$

58

Production costs (C$)


 C$

77,661


 C$

94


 C$ 

71,414


 C$

77

Inventory and other adjustments (C$)(v)

(4,857)


(6)


(3,141)


(3)

Minesite operating costs (C$)


 C$

72,804


 C$

88


 C$ 

68,273


 C$ 

74










Canadian Malartic Mine(I)


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



83,403




71,382










Production costs


$

47,320


$

567


$

32,501


$

455


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


1,588


19


8,563


120

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

48,908


$

586


$

41,064


$

575


By-product metal revenues


(1,668)


(20)


(1,353)


(19)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

47,240


$

566


$

39,711


$

556










Canadian Malartic Mine(I)


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



2,510




2,433










Production costs


$

47,320


$

19


$

32,501


$

13

Production costs (C$)


 C$

60,502


 C$

24


 C$ 

42,996


 C$

18

Inventory and other adjustments (C$)(v)

2,042


1


11,132


4

Minesite operating costs (C$)


 C$

62,544


 C$

25


 C$ 

54,128


 C$

22










Kittila Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



48,118




51,621










Production costs


$

42,716


$

888


$

35,919


$

696


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


(224)


(5)


(1,392)


(27)

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

42,492


$

883


$

34,527


$

669


By-product metal revenues


(71)


(1)


(44)


(1)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

42,421


$

882


$

34,483


$

668










Kittila Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



468




423










Production costs


$

42,716


$

91


$

35,919


$

85

Production costs (€)


34,984


75


33,104


78

Inventory and other adjustments (€)(v)

(482)


(1)


(1,340)


(3)

Minesite operating costs (€)


34,502


74


31,764


75










Pinos Altos Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



41,836




45,360










Production costs


$

34,699


$

829


$

23,732


$

523


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


(2,987)


(71)


3,211


71

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

31,712


$

758


$

26,943


$

594


By-product metal revenues


(9,165)


(219)


(10,695)


(236)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

22,547


$

539


$

16,248


$

358










Pinos Altos Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)



519




553










Production costs


$

34,699


$

67


$

23,732


$

43

Inventory and other adjustments(v)

(2,974)


(6)


2,841



5

Minesite operating costs


$

31,725


$

61


$

26,573


$

48










Creston Mascota mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



11,988




11,244










Production costs


$

9,651


$

805


$

6,978


$

621


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


717


60


(31)


(3)

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

10,368


$

865


$

6,947


$

618


By-product metal revenues


(1,526)


(127)


(1,044)


(93)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

8,842


$

738


$

5,903


$

525










Creston Mascota mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)



475




524










Production costs


$

9,651


$

20


$

6,978


$

13

Inventory and other adjustments(v)

629


2


(95)


Minesite operating costs


$

10,280


$

22


$

6,883


$

13










La India Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(ii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per ounce )


(thousands)


($ per ounce )

Gold production (ounces)



23,055




26,296










Production costs


$

15,402


$

668


$

13,114


$

499


Inventory and other adjustments(iv)


742


32


686


26

Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$

16,144


$

700


$

13,800


$

525


By-product metal revenues


(754)


(32)


(2,279)


(87)

Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$

15,390


$

668


$

11,521


$

438










La India Mine


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

Per Tonne(iii)


March 31, 2018


March 31, 2017



(thousands)


($ per tonne )


(thousands)


($ per tonne )

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)



1,695




1,402










Production costs


$

15,402


$

9


$

13,114


$

9

Inventory and other adjustments(v)

460



369


1

Minesite operating costs


$

15,862


$

9


$

13,483


$

10




















Notes:










(i) The information set out in this table reflects the Company's 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine.

(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 reported by other gold producers. Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is reported on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (without deducting 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 statement of income  for by-product metal revenues, 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 non-GAAP 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.

(iii) Minesite costs per tonne is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. This measure is calculated by adjusting production costs as shown in the consolidated statement of income for inventory production costs and other adjustments, and then dividing by tonnes of ore milled. As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced measure can be affected 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.

(iv) Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue is recognized when legal title and risk is transferred. As total cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a production basis, an inventory adjustment is made to reflect the portion of production not yet recognized as revenue. Other adjustments include the addition of smelting, refining and marketing charges to production costs.

(v) This inventory and other adjustment reflects production costs associated with the portion of production still in inventory and smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with production.

(vi) The Goldex mine's data presented  on a per ounce of gold produced basis for the three months ended March 31, 2017 excludes 2,395 ounces of payable gold production and the associated costs related to the Deep 1 Zone which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production.

(vii) The Goldex mine's data presented on a per tonne basis for the three months ended March 31, 2017 excludes 57,730 tonnes processed and the associated costs related to the Deep 1 Zone which were processed prior to the achievement of commercial production.

 

Reconciliation of Production Costs to All-in Sustaining Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced









(United States dollars per ounce of gold produced, except where
noted)

Three Months Ended March 31,
2018


Three Months Ended March 31,
2017

Production costs per the consolidated statements of income and
comprehensive income (thousands of United States dollars)

$


295,326


$


240,339

Adjusted gold production (ounces)(I)

389,278


415,821

Production costs per ounce of adjusted gold production(i)

$


759


$


578

Adjustments:







Inventory and other adjustments(ii)

(26)


38

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (co-product basis)(iii)

$


733


$


616

By-product metal revenues

(85)


(77)

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product basis)(iii)

$


648


$


539

Adjustments:






Sustaining capital expenditures (including capitalized exploration)

150


125

General and administrative expenses (including stock options)

86


74

Non-cash reclamation provision and other

5


3

All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product basis)

$


889


$


741

By-product metal revenues

85


77

All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced (co-product basis)

$


974


$


818











Notes:










(i) Adjusted gold production for the three months ended March 31, 2017 excludes 2,395 ounces of payable gold production at the Goldex mine's Deep 1 Zone which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production.

(ii) Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue is recognized 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 production not yet recognized as revenue.

(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 (without deducting 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 for by-product metal revenues, 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  non-GAAP 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 analysis in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.

SOURCE Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

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