Agnico Eagle announces development project update – La India commissioning underway and mining and processing has restarted at Goldex

Stock Symbol: AEM (NYSE and TSX)

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

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (TSX and NYSE: AEM) (“Agnico Eagle” or the “Company”) today announced development updates
for its La India Mine in Sonora, Mexico, and the Goldex Mine in
northwestern Quebec.

Highlights include:

  • La India commissioning in progress – mining and pad loading are now underway with initial leaching expected
    to begin in October 2013. Commercial production is anticipated in the
    first quarter of 2014.
  • Mining and milling resumes at Goldex – Underground mining has started on the M and E zones, two of the
    several previously undeveloped satellite zones. The first gold pour is
    expected in October 2013, and the project remains on track to produce
    15,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Mining remains suspended in the Goldex
    Extension Zone (GEZ).

“The La India and Goldex mines have both started up ahead of schedule.
These two operations are expected to be significant contributors to the
growth of our production profile over the next two years” said Sean
Boyd
, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Efforts are also underway
to evaluate opportunities to further enhance production at both
operations”.

La India – Commissioning underway; Initial leaching to begin in October

The La India mine in Sonora, Mexico, located approximately 70 kilometres
from the Company’s Pinos Altos mine, was acquired in November 2011 from
Grayd Resources along with a 56,000 hectare land position in the
prolific Mulatos Gold belt. Design, permitting, construction and
start-up of the La India mine have been completed within 22 months of
acquisition.

The operation is an open pit, heap leach mine with a stripping ratio of
approximately 1:1. The mining rate is expected to be approximately
16,000 tonnes per day (tpd), using 777 haul trucks (90-tonne) and 992
loaders, which is the equipment used at the Company’s Pinos Altos and
Creston Mascota operations.

Ore will undergo three-stage crushing to minus 19 millimeter, and the
crushing circuit has been designed with room for expansion. The leach
pad, which will be constructed in two phases, will have a capacity of
up to 50 million dry tonnes. Current reserves are 33.5M tonnes of ore
grading at 0.72 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold or 776,000 ounces (see
the Company’s February 13, 2013 news release).

The gold adsorption facility (ADR plant), which consists of two parallel
trains of five 3.5-tonne carbon adsorption columns and a Zadra strip
with electrowinning, is designed to process leach flows from up to 6.0
million dry tonnes per year (16,438 tpd). Leach recovery is estimated
at 80% with a 90 day leach time.

Gold production is expected to average approximately 90,000 ounces per
year at an average total cash cost of approximately $500 per ounce1. In its February 13, 2013 press release, the Company estimated gold
production of 40,000 and 81,000 ounces in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

With mechanical completion now achieved and the crushing circuit
operational, mining and loading of the leach pad is underway. It is
expected that leaching will begin in October, with initial gold
production during the fourth quarter of 2013. Commercial production is
anticipated in the first quarter of 2014. The project’s capital
expenditures remain on budget at $157.6 million.

Metallurgical testing continues on the La India sulphides and Tarachi
ores, with results expected later this year.

The Company is conducting site visits for analysts and investors to the
La India project on September 20th and 25th, 2013 respectively.

Goldex Mine – Mining and milling resumes on satellite zones

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

Earlier this month, milling operations resumed at Goldex, with initial
feed coming from a surface stockpile of approximately 130,000 tonnes.

The surface stockpile is now being supplemented with underground ore
from initial mining blocks. Tonnage from underground is expected to
increase to approximately 5,100 tpd by the end of the fourth quarter of
2013 as mining activities ramp up. The mill has a capacity to handle up
to 8,000 tpd and historical recoveries averaged 92% with about 65% of
the gold recovered by gravity and poured as doré at site. The rest of
the gold is contained in a flotation concentrate that is trucked to the
Company’s LaRonde mill for final processing.

Gold production at Goldex in in 2013 is forecast to be approximately
15,000 ounces, with the first gold pour expected in early October.
Current reserves in the M and E zones (7.0 million tonnes of ore 1.6
g/t gold or 349,000 ounces) are estimated to support a four year mine
life with average annual production of approximately 85,000 ounces at a
total cash cost of $900 per ounce.

The M and E zones will be mined using long hole stoping methods with
paste backfill. With the backfill, minesite costs per tonne2 are expected to be approximately $41 Cdn. The new paste plant has been
tested with full commissioning expected later this month. The plant
has a capacity of 7,000 tpd and has been designed with the ability for
future expansion. The plant utilizes about 50% of the tailings from
the mill circuit. The remaining tailings are being used to complete the
rehabilitation of the historic Manitou mine site in partnership with
the Quebec Government.

The project capital expenditure remains on budget at $68 million.

In addition to the proven and probable reserves, Goldex contains
measured and indicated resources of 27.2 million tonnes at 1.8 g/t gold
and inferred resources of 34.6 million tonnes at 1.5 g/t gold.
Technical studies are currently in progress on several other satellite
zones at the mine, with results expected by the end of 2013. If
developed, these satellite zones could help optimize installed
capacity, while reducing production costs.

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About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a long established, Canadian headquartered gold producer
with operations located in Canada, Finland and Mexico and exploration
and/or development activities in Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United
States. The Company has full exposure to higher gold prices consistent
with its policy of no forward gold sales and maintains a corporate
strategy based on increasing shareholder exposure to gold, on a per
share basis. It has declared a cash dividend for 31 consecutive years.

Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance

This press release presents financial performance measures, including
“total cash costs per ounce of gold produced”, and “minesite costs per
tonne”, that are not recognized measures under US GAAP. This data may
not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. The
Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures are
realistic indicators of operating performance and useful in allowing
year-over-year comparisons. However, each of these non-US GAAP measures
should be considered together with other data prepared in accordance
with US GAAP. These measures, taken by themselves, are not necessarily
indicative of operating costs or cash flow measures prepared in
accordance with US GAAP.

The contents of this press release has been reviewed by, Alain
Blackburn
, Ing., Senior Vice-President, Exploration and a “Qualified
Person” for the purposes of NI 43-101.

Note Regarding Production Guidance

The gold production guidance in this news release is based on the
Company’s mineral reserves but includes contingencies, assumed metal
prices and foreign exchange rates that are different from those used in
the reserve estimates. These factors and others mean that the gold
production guidance presented in this disclosure does not reconcile
exactly with the production models used to support these mineral
reserves.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release has been prepared as at September
19, 2013
. 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 document, words such as “anticipate”, “expect”,
“estimate”, “forecast”, “planned”, “possible”, “will”, “likely”,
“schedule” and similar expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements.

Such statements include without limitation: the Company’s
forward-looking production guidance, including estimated ore grades,
project timelines, orebody configurations, metal production, life of
mine estimates, production estimates, total cash costs per ounce and
minesite costs per tonne estimates, cash flows, the estimated timing of
scoping and other studies, the methods by which ore will be extracted
or processed, expansion projects, recovery rates, mill throughput, and
projected capital expenditures, including costs and other estimates
upon which such projections are based; the Company’s ability to
complete construction and bring into production mines at Goldex or La
India; and other statements and information regarding anticipated
trends with respect to the Company’s operations, exploration and the
funding thereof. Such statements reflect the Company’s views as at the
date of this news release and are subject to certain risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are
necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while
considered reasonable by Agnico Eagle as of the date of such
statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic
and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The factors and
assumptions of Agnico Eagle contained in this news release, which may
prove to be incorrect include, but are not limited to the

assumptions set forth herein and in management’s discussion and analysis
and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended
December 31, 2012 (“Form 20-F”) as well as: that there are no
significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour
disruptions, supply disruptions, damage to equipment, natural
occurrences, equipment failures, accidents, political changes, title
issues or otherwise; that permitting, production and expansion at each
of Agnico Eagle’s mines and growth projects proceeds on a basis
consistent with current expectations, and that Agnico Eagle does not
change its plans relating to such projects; that the exchange rate
between the Canadian dollar, European Union euro, Mexican peso and the
United States dollar will be approximately consistent with current
levels or as set out in this news release or the Form 20-F; that prices
for gold, silver, zinc, and copper will be consistent with Agnico
Eagle’s expectations; that prices for key mining and construction
supplies, including labour costs, remain consistent with Agnico Eagle’s
current expectations; that Agnico Eagle’s current estimates of mineral
reserves, mineral resources, mineral grades and metal recovery are
accurate; that there are no material delays in the timing of commercial
production; that the Company’s current plans to optimize production are
successful; and that there are no material variations in the current
tax and regulatory environment. Many factors, known and unknown, could
cause the actual results to be materially different from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks
include, but are not limited to: the volatility of prices of gold and
other metals; uncertainty of mineral reserves, mineral resources,
mineral grades and metal recovery estimates; uncertainty of future
production, capital expenditures, and other costs; currency
fluctuations; financing of additional capital requirements; cost of
exploration and development programs; mining risks; risks associated
with foreign operations; governmental and environmental regulation; the
volatility of the Company’s stock price; and risks associated with the
Company’s byproduct metal derivative strategies.

For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the
Form 20-F, as well as the Company’s other filings with the Canadian
Securities Administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission
(the “SEC”). The Company does not intend, and does not
assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and
information, except as required by law. Accordingly, readers are
advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Certain of the foregoing statements, primarily related to projects, are
based on preliminary views of the Company with respect to, among other
things, grade, tonnage, processing, recoveries, mining methods, capital
costs, total cash costs, minesite costs, and location of surface
infrastructure. Actual results and final decisions may be materially
different from those currently anticipated.

For a more detailed discussion of the Agnico Eagle’s reserves and
resources and related cautionary notes, please see the Company’s February 13, 2013 press release.

1 Total cash costs per ounce is a non-GAAP measure. See “Note Regarding
Certain Measures of Performance”
2 Minesite costs per tonne is a non-GAAP measure. See “Note Regarding
Certain Measures of Performance”.

SOURCE Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

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