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TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) (TSX: AEM) ("Agnico Eagle" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on exploration activities at several projects and select mine sites.  The Company's exploration focus remains on pipeline projects, near-mine opportunities and mineral reserve and mineral resource growth.  Key exploration highlights during the third quarter of 2021 include:

  • LaRonde Complex – Exploration is focused on developing three new exploration drifts and drilling extensions of LaRonde Zone 5 ("LZ5"), Zone 6, Zone 20N and mineralized zones beneath the past producing Bousquet mine. Drilling the extension of the recently discovered 20N Zinc South Zone at depth near the East mine has resulted in the deepest intercept to date in the zone, which returned 9.3 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold, 114 g/t silver, 0.9% copper and 2.6% zinc over 4.6 metres at 3,464 metres depth. Drilling also shows potential for the westward extension of LZ5 mineralization, including 1.9 g/t gold over 20.0 metres at 527 metres depth

  • Odyssey Underground Project at Canadian Malartic – Infill drilling continues to return wide, high-grade intersections in the core of the East Gouldie deposit, with recent results of 6.8 g/t gold over 41.4 metres at 1,069 metres depth, including 10.2 g/t gold over 21.7 metres at 1,064 metres depth. The eastern extension of the deposit continues to be tested, with the easternmost hole drilled to date returning 6.3 g/t gold over 4.8 metres at 1,989 metres depth on the adjacent Rand Malartic property 1.5 kilometres east of the current mineral resource, further demonstrating the excellent potential to significantly grow the size of the East Gouldie deposit

  • Kirkland Lake Project – Conversion and expansion drilling at the Upper Beaver deposit continues to intersect significant high-grade mineralization, further expanding the Footwall and Porphyry zones at depth. Recent results include a highlight intercept grading 8.7 g/t gold and 0.81% copper over 18.2 metres at 1,435 metres depth in the East Porphyry Zone

  • Meliadine Conversion and exploration drilling at the Meliadine mine is confirming and expanding high grade gold mineralization. Shallow high-grade intercepts include 10.6 g/t gold over 3.1 metres at 158 metres depth in the Normeg deposit and 7.0 g/t gold over 8.8 metres at 218 metres depth in the Wesmeg deposit

  • Meadowbank – Exploration at Amaruq has focused on the area between the Whale Tail and IVR underground mineral resources, with highlights such as 26.6 g/t gold over 2.6 metres at 247 metres depth, demonstrating the potential for conversion to mineral resources near the planned underground mine infrastructure. Drilling in the western extension of the Mammoth Zone intersected 4.4 g/t gold over 36.4 metres at 264 metres depth and the zone remains open at depth beneath Mammoth Lake

  • Hope Bay – More than 71,000 metres of drilling have been completed year to date with seven drill rigs now operating on the Doris and Madrid deposits. Recent results at Doris confirm the potential to expand the BTD Extension Zone and the West Valley Zone along plunge, and highlights include 32.0 g/t gold over 3.2 metres at 319 metres depth, and 19.1 g/t gold over 8.0 metres at 302 metres depth, respectively. At Madrid, exploration drilling has identified a new zone in Naartok West with results including 10.3 g/t gold over 5.9 metres at 247 metres depth and 6.6 g/t gold over 8.3 metres at 283 metres depth

  • Kittila – In a new target below the shaft currently under construction, exploration drilling returned 12.8 g/t gold over 3.1 metres at 1,209 metres depth in the Main Zone and 3.3 g/t gold over 3.5 metres at 1,390 metres depth in the Sisar Zone. These first two holes drilled into the target demonstrate that the Main and Sisar zones extend into this area in proximity to planned underground mining infrastructure

  • Santa Gertrudis Exploration drilling of the Amelia deposit is extending the deposit at depth; oxide mineralization at the Santa Teresa deposit continues to grow along strike; and new high-grade mineralization has been discovered at the Centauro target, with highlights of 5.8 g/t gold and 9 g/t silver over 15.0 metres at 252 metres depth, which includes 14.9 g/t gold and 14 g/t silver over 3.9 metres at 255 metres depth and a second intercept returning 15.1 g/t gold and 13 g/t silver over 5.8 metres at 279 metres depth

"Strong drill results continue to demonstrate significant exploration upside at several of our mines and key pipeline projects. The 2021 exploration program is the most ambitious in Agnico Eagle's 64-year history, as we investigate the full potential of existing operations and key projects in the Company's pipeline," said Sean Boyd, Agnico Eagle's Chief Executive Officer.  "We are continuing to see positive results from this initiative, with significant extension of the East Gouldie deposit, high-grade mineralization at Upper Beaver that we expect to have a meaningful impact on the project update in 2022, and results confirming the potential to expand the Doris deposit and make a new discovery near the Madrid deposit at Hope Bay.  In addition, we continue to generate significant exploration results at key producing assets including LaRonde, Kittila and Meliadine," added Mr. Boyd.

Record exploration spending in 2021 – Based on significant exploration results observed in 2020 at several operating mines and pipeline projects, the Company initiated a review of the full potential of its portfolio of assets and increased its exploration budget in 2021 to approximately $163 million (from $113 million in 2020), making it the largest exploration budget in the Company's history (see the Company's news release dated February 11, 2021 for a breakdown of the exploration budget).  An update on selected exploration programs and budgets is set out in the sections below.

Targeting growth of the Company's Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources at year-end 2021 from a record level at year-end 2020 – Gold mineral reserves totaled 24.1 million ounces of gold (348 million tonnes grading 2.15 g/t gold) as at December 31, 2020.  Gold contained in measured and indicated mineral resources totaled 15.3 million ounces (341 million tonnes grading 1.40 g/t gold) and inferred mineral resources totaled 23.4 million ounces (283 million tonnes grading 2.57 g/t gold).  See the Appendix for details on the Company's Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources as at December 31, 2020.

Exploration Results Conference Call and Webcast at 11:00 AM (E.D.T.)

Agnico Eagle's senior management will host a conference call this morning, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss the Company's exploration results.

Via Webcast:

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

Via Telephone:

For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 416-764-8659 or toll-free 1-888-664-6392.  To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay Archive:

Please dial 416-764-8677 or toll-free 1-888-390-0541, access code 540563#.  The conference call replay will expire on December 2, 2021.

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

ABITIBI REGION, QUEBEC AND ONTARIO

Agnico Eagle is currently Quebec's largest gold producer with a 100% interest in the LaRonde Complex (which includes the LaRonde and LZ5 Mines) and the Goldex mine and a 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine.  The Company has a multi-decade track record of exploration success in the Abitibi region, building on the discovery in the 1980's of the world-class LaRonde gold-rich polymetallic volcanic massive sulphide deposit, which has served as an operations and exploration hub that provides operating synergies to the Company's nearby mines and allows for the sharing of technical expertise.

LaRonde Complex – Three Underground Development Drifts Progressing Westward from LaRonde 3 Infrastructure; Drilling Extends Newly Discovered 20N Zinc South Zone Below 3,100 Metres Depth; Drilling Shows Potential for Westward Extension of LZ5 Mineralization

At the LaRonde Complex, the Company expects to spend $14.1 million in 2021 to drill 39,800 metres and to develop, extend or rehabilitate three new exploration drifts on levels 9, 215 and 290 West from the LaRonde 3 infrastructure towards the west below the LZ5 mine workings.

On track drift 9, the first drill station is now complete and a drill rig was mobilized to the station in the third quarter of 2021.  The exploration drilling program from track drift 9 is first targeting the down-plunge extension of the historical Bousquet Zone 3-1.

On level 215 exploration drift, the first drill station is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.  The exploration drilling program from level 215 exploration drift will test for extensions of mineralized zones between one and three kilometres depth, first beneath the past-producing Bousquet 2 mine and then eventually beneath the past-producing Bousquet 1 mine and LZ5 mine workings as the drift is advanced to the west.

On exploration drift 290 West, development is progressing well.  The exploration drilling program from this drift is expected to start in 2022 and will test for mineralization below three kilometres depth from LaRonde's West mine, first testing beneath the past-producing Bousquet 2 mine and then beneath the past-producing Bousquet 1 mine and LZ5 mine workings as the drift is advanced to the west in the coming years.

Exploration drilling is focused on extensions to LZ5, Zone 6, Zone 20N and mineralization at the past producing Bousquet mine, as well as extensions to the recently discovered 20N Zinc South Zone located below 3,100 metres depth near the East mine.

At the Penna Shaft, exploration drilling is focused on Zone 6 and Zone 20N as well as extensions to the recently discovered 20N Zinc South Zone located below 3,100 metres depth near the East mine.

The aim of this drilling is to add new mineral reserves and mineral resources to extend the mine life of the LaRonde Complex into the 2030s.

Detailed exploration drill results from the LaRonde Complex were last reported in the Company's news release dated October 28, 2020.

Selected recent drill results from the 20N Zinc South Zone from the East mine area of LaRonde 3 (below level 311) and Zone 5 at the LZ5 Mine are set out in the table and composite longitudinal map below.  Drill hole collar coordinates are in the Appendix.

Recent selected exploration drill results from 20N Zinc South Zone in the East mine area of LaRonde 3 (below Level 311) and from Zone 5 at LZ5 Mine

Drill hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

 

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold
grade (g/t)
(capped)*

Silver
grade (g/t)
(capped)*

Copper
grade
(%)

Zinc
grade
(%)

Lead
grade
(%)

LR-284-01

607.8

611.2

3,126

2.8

0.5

41

0.04

11.89

1.4

LR-317-04

583.3

589.6

3,464

4.6

9.3

114

0.92

2.55

-

BZ-2021-01

620.4

653.0

527

20.0

1.9

2

-

-

-

BZ-2021-02

574.0

596.0

456

15.0

2.1

2

-

-

-

BZ-2021-03

643.0

687.0

561

27.0

1.5

2

-

-

-

*Holes for the 20N Zinc South Zone and LZ5 mine use a capping factor of 30 g/t gold and 1,000 g/t silver.  The copper, zinc and lead values in this table are uncapped.

[LaRonde Complex – Composite Longitudinal Section]

Highlights from recent exploration drilling in the 20N Zinc South Zone include hole LR-317-04, which returned 9.3 g/t gold, 114 g/t silver, 0.92% copper and 2.55% zinc over 4.6 metres at 3,464 metres depth approximately 80 metres beneath the mineral resource defined at the end of 2020; and hole LR-284-01, which returned 0.5 g/t gold, 41 g/t silver and 11.89% zinc over 2.8 metres at 3,126 metres depth approximately 80 metres east of the mineral resource.

In the shallow, western portion of the LZ5 mine's Zone 5 deposit, highlights from recent drilling include 1.9 g/t gold over 20.0 metres at 527 metres depth in hole BZ-2021-01; 2.1 g/t gold over 15.0 metres at 456 metres depth in hole BZ-2021-02; and 1.5 g/t gold over 27.0 metres at 561 metres depth in hole BZ-2021-03.  These wide and low-grade intercepts show the potential for the westward extension of Zone 5 mineral reserves and mineral resources onto the Company's 100%-owned Ellison property immediately adjacent to the infrastructure at the LZ5 mine.

Odyssey Underground Project at Canadian Malartic – Infill drilling at East Gouldie Deposit Continues to Yield Strong Intercepts; Regional Exploration Confirms 1.5 kilometre Eastern Extension of East Gouldie at Depth

In February 2021, the Canadian Malartic General Partnership (the "Partnership"), the operator of the Canadian Malartic Mine, approved the construction of the underground Odyssey project, located east of the current mining operation, upon completion of an internal preliminary economic assessment.  The results of this study were incorporated into the technical report for the Canadian Malartic operation titled "NI 43-101 Technical Report, Canadian Malartic Mine, Québec, Canada" (the "CM Report").  The CM Report was filed on SEDAR on March 25, 2021.

On a 100% basis, the preliminary economic analysis includes 410,000 ounces of gold in indicated mineral resources (6.2 million tonnes grading 2.07 g/t gold) and 6.9 million ounces of gold in inferred mineral resources (75.9 million tonnes grading 2.82 g/t gold) that represent a fraction of the Odyssey Project's year-end 2020 total of 859,000 ounces of gold in the indicated category (13.3 million tonnes grading 2.0 g/t gold) and 13.6 million ounces of gold in the inferred category (177.5 million tonnes grading 2.4 g/t gold). The development of this project combines the exploitation of four main mining zones by ramp and shaft: Odyssey North, Odyssey South, East Malartic and East Gouldie.

The East Malartic, Odyssey North and Odyssey South deposits are generally associated with massive porphyritic intrusions with gold mineralization mostly located along the sheared margins of the porphyries.  The East Gouldie deposit is located farther south, constrained in a west-trending high-strain corridor within the Pontiac Group.  The main ore host at East Gouldie is a greywacke with 1% to 2% disseminated pyrite and associated silica, sericite and carbonate alteration.

In October 2021, the Canadian Malartic exploration team was presented with the "Discovery of the Year" Award at the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association virtual 2021 Xplor Convention in recognition for the discovery of the East Gouldie deposit of the Odyssey mine in September 2018.  The discovery of East Gouldie at depth has significantly changed the Odyssey project by ensuring its economic viability and making it possible that, only three years after discovery, the Partnership completed the casting of a 93-metre headframe for the Odyssey mine.

During the third quarter of 2021, 12 surface drills and one underground drill were active in the near-mine exploration program and three drills were active in regional exploration.  The priority this year remains to continue reducing the drill spacing to 75 metres across the East Gouldie deposit — including a small area at 40 metres spacing to evaluate the adequate drill spacing required to upgrade the current inferred mineral resources to indicated mineral resources.  Exploration also continued to test the lateral, eastward extension of the East Gouldie mineralized corridor and expand the mineral resources envelope.  During the first nine months of 2021, 82,184 metres (100% basis) were drilled in the East Gouldie deposit's definition and exploration drilling program, adding 69 new pierce points in the deposit.

An additional 12,942 metres (100% basis) were drilled during the first nine months of 2021 into the Odyssey Internal and Odyssey South deposits from surface and from underground, with a focus on mineral resource development and conversion of the Odyssey South deposit.

Selected recent drill intercepts from the program are set out in the table, plan map and composite longitudinal section below.

Selected recent drill results from the Odyssey, Jupiter and East Gouldie deposits at Canadian Malartic

Drill hole

Deposit
or Zone

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of midpoint below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(or core
length*)
(metres)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(capped)**

MEV21-209

Odyssey Internal

297.0

301.0

262

4.0*

18.6

7.3

and***

Odyssey Internal

306.0

315.0

272

9.0*

61.4

8.4

and

Odyssey Internal

647.0

654.2

569

7.2*

5.6

5.4

MEV21-213R

Odyssey Internal

103.0

117.0

91

14.0*

1.5

1.5

and

Jupiter

581.0

597.0

492

7.1

3.5

3.4

and

Odyssey Internal

723.1

734.0

608

10.9*

1.3

1.3

and

Odyssey Internal

1,043.0

1,049.0

868

6.0*

2.1

2.1

MEX21-197Z

East Gouldie

1,879.6

1,898.0

1,675

16.2

2.1

2.1

and

East Gouldie

2,027.0

2,049.3

1,768

19.2

2.3

2.3

MEX21-197ZA

East Gouldie

1,994.0

2,010.0

1,691

14.3

1.1

1.1

MEX21-198

East Gouldie

1,775.6

1,805.0

1,628

25.0

5.2

5.2

MEX21-198Z

East Gouldie

1,765.1

1,794.0

1,594

24.6

2.7

2.7

MEX21-198ZA

East Gouldie

1,748.0

1,781.0

1,595

27.3

1.2

1.2

and

East Gouldie

1,800.0

1,812.7

1,629

10.5

6.7

6.7

MEX21-199

East Gouldie

1,379.0

1,393.5

1,133

14.0

4.6

4.6


East Gouldie

1,467.3

1,488.8

1,187

20.7

1.8

1.8

MEX21-199Z

East Gouldie

1,369.0

1,394.0

1,093

24.0

3.5

3.5


East Gouldie

1,507.5

1,511.9

1,159

4.2

3.3

3.3

MEX21-199ZB

East Gouldie

1,372.2

1,384.5

1,096

12.1

6.6

6.1


East Gouldie

1,499.3

1,512.0

1,155

12.5

1.2

1.2

MEX21-200***

East Gouldie

1,011.9

1,053.0

866

20.2

3.0

3.0

MEX21-201

East Gouldie

1,597.4

1,607.0

1,279

9.4

2.7

2.7

and

East Gouldie

1,612.5

1,631.0

1,292

18.1

1.2

1.2

and

East Gouldie

1,636.0

1,655.0

1,308

18.6

1.0

1.0

MEX21-202

East Gouldie

1,787.0

1,807.5

1,588

20.5

2.1

2.1

and

East Gouldie

1,813.0

1,819.0

1,598

6.0

2.7

2.7

and

East Gouldie

1,825.0

1,827.4

1,604

2.4

8.9

2.7

MEX21-203R

East Gouldie

1,681.0

1,691.8

1,462

10.0

2.2

2.2

and

East Gouldie

1,696.4

1,700.2

1,471

3.5

14.1

14.1

and

East Gouldie

1,719.4

1,747.0

1,496

25.5

7.9

7.9

including


1,728.1

1,739.6

1,497

10.6

14.5

14.5

MEX21-203RZ

East Gouldie

1,703.0

1,732.5

1,452

28.4

4.3

4.3

MEX21-204

unknown

485.0

488.7

438

3.6*

7.6

7.2


East Gouldie

1,705.2

1,747.0

1,462

35.9

7.1

5.4

MEX21-205

East Gouldie

1,038.0

1,046.7

979

6.9

3.9

3.6


East Gouldie

1,184.9

1,191.5

1,112

5.3

2.4

2.4

MEX21-206

East Gouldie

1,702.3

1,750.5

1,490

41.9

1.6

1.6

MEX21-207

East Gouldie

1,723.0

1,786.3

1,543

58.5

3.9

3.7

MEX21-207W

East Gouldie

1,710.0

1,757.3

1,569

40.9

4.8

4.8

and***

East Gouldie

1,784.0

1,807.0

1,620

19.9

2.1

2.1

MEX21-208

East Gouldie

1,509.0

1,553.1

1,069

41.4

6.8

6.8

including


1,510.0

1,531.9

1,064

21.7

10.2

10.2

MEX21-208Z

East Gouldie

1,511.0

1,523.0

1,091

10.4

2.5

2.5


East Gouldie

1,554.0

1,567.6

1,122

11.9

2.5

2.5


East Gouldie

1,577.0

1,583.4

1,135

5.6

3.2

3.2

MEX21-208ZA

East Gouldie

1,342.0

1,348.9

966

6.6

2.5

2.5

MEX21-210***

Odyssey Internal

498.0

509.0

470

11.0*

5.2

5.2

and

East Gouldie

1,697.0

1,710.8

1,498

13.0

3.9

3.9

RD20-4674+

East Gouldie Ext

2,230.6

2,236.6

1,826

4.5

1.8

1.8

including


2,231.8

2,233.7

1,826

1.7

3.8

3.8

and

new horizon

2,634.6

2,645.0

2,103

8.6

3.5

3.5

RD21-4678

East Gouldie Ext

2,087.4

2,093.0

1,989

4.8

6.3

6.3

RD21-4680A++

East Gouldie Ext

2,262.0

2,274.2

1,995

10.9

2.7

2.7

including


2,262.0

2,270.1

1,993

7.2

3.1

3.1

RD21-4680A (new)

new horizon

2,691.0

2,697.4

2,303

5.0

1.9

1.9

EA21-4196

East Amphi

565.8

568.6

470

1.7

14.1

8.3

EA21-4197

East Amphi

579.9

637.4

544

29.8

2.0

2.0

Zones recognized within the East Gouldie deposit include: High-Grade West, High-Grade North, High-Grade South, North of High-Grade West, South of High-Grade West, Between High-Grade North and High-Grade South, and East Gouldie Extension.  The new horizon is 400 metres south of, and parallel to, East Gouldie.

*Core length; true width undetermined.

**Results from the East Gouldie deposit use a capping factor of 20 g/t gold.

***Reanalysis pending for holes MEV21-209, MEX21-200, MEX21-207W and MEX21-210.

+ Previously reported on July 8, 2021.

++Previously reported on April 29, 2021.

[Canadian Malartic Mine – Geology Plan Map]

[Canadian Malartic Mine – Composite Longitudinal Section]

Recent definition drilling results in the East Gouldie deposit continue to confirm the grade, width and overall shape of the orebody and are consistent with the previously reported intercepts used for mineral resources estimation.

Highlights from infill drilling at the East Gouldie deposit during the third quarter of 2021 include: hole MEX21-208, which was drilled into the shallower, western portion of the deposit, and intersected 6.8 g/t gold over 41.4 metres at 1,069 metres depth, including 10.2 g/t gold over 21.7 metres at 1,064 metres depth; and hole MEX21-203R, which was drilled into the central core of the deposit, and intersected 7.9 g/t gold over 25.5 metres at 1,496 metres depth, including 14.5 g/t gold over 10.6 metres at 1,497 metres depth.

Approximately 160 metres east of the current East Gouldie mineralized envelope, hole MEX21-202 intersected 2.1 g/t gold over 20.5 metres at 1,588 metres depth, further confirming that gold mineralization extends and plunges at depth to the east from the mineral resources at East Gouldie.

In July 2021, a drill rig was mobilized in the Odyssey project ramp, where it will primarily be dedicated to the conversion of inferred mineral resources to indicated mineral resources at the Odyssey South deposit.

Recent underground drill results in the Odyssey Internal Zone and the Jupiter Zone continue to demonstrate the potential to add mineral resources in close proximity to the Odyssey North and Odyssey South deposits.  Drill hole MEV21-209 intersected mineralization in this internal zone and returned 8.4 g/t gold over 9.0 metres (core length, assay reanalysis pending) at 359 metres depth.  The mineralized intersections from the internal zones are hosted within the porphyry 12 intrusive body between the Odyssey South and Odyssey North deposits and they demonstrate the potential for additional near-surface mineral resources to be added in the future in proximity to the planned infrastructure of the Odyssey project.

Regional Exploration

The Canadian Malartic property, together with the East Amphi, Fournière, Midway, Piché-Harvey,  Rand Malartic and Camflo properties, form one contiguous block for a total area of 13,516 hectares that straddles the Cadillac Larder Lake Fault Zone over 16 kilometres.

As part of the regional exploration program at Canadian Malartic, three rigs drilled 20 drill holes totalling 16,086 metres (100% basis) during the first nine months of 2021.  On the Rand Malartic property, located immediately adjacent to the east of the Canadian Malartic mine property, the testing of deep targets is ongoing, including the eastern extensions of the Odyssey and East Gouldie deposits.

Rand Malartic

As reported in the Company's news releases dated April 29, 2021, and July 8, 2021, drilling from surface at the Rand Malartic property identified the extension of the East Gouldie deposit in drill holes RD21-4680A and RD20-4674. These holes encountered wide gold-mineralized intercepts up to 970 metres east of the easternmost drill hole drilled to date in the East Gouldie mineralized envelope (previously reported hole MEX20-180) and approximately 1,150 metres from the current eastern limit of the East Gouldie mineral resources reported at year-end 2020.  The drilling also intersected a new, sub-parallel gold-mineralized horizon located approximately 400 metres south of the East Gouldie Extension zone.

New results from the regional program in the third quarter of 2021 include hole RD21-4678, which intersected 6.3 g/t gold over 4.8 metres at 1,989 metres depth in the East Gouldie Extension zone within the Rand Malartic property, which now extends the zone up to approximately 1.5 kilometres east of the East Gouldie mineral resource.  This hole represents the easternmost intersection of the East Gouldie Extension zone to date.

Another highlight is hole RD21-4680A, which first intersected the East Gouldie Extension as reported in the Company's July 8, 2021 news release, and then was extended during the third quarter of 2021 and intersected the new horizon approximately 400 metres south of the East Gouldie deposit, grading 1.9 g/t gold over 5.0 metres at 2,303 metres depth.  The intersection represents the second hole to pierce this new mineralized horizon at a depth 200 metres deeper and approximately 225 metres to the east of the first hole RD20-4674 thus confirming the horizon's status as a target that warrants further exploration.

All intervals in the East Gouldie Extension and the new horizon consist of sheared metasedimentary rocks of the Pontiac Group, with pyrite mineralization associated with sericite, carbonate and chlorite alteration.

East Amphi

In the first nine months of 2021, the Partnership drilled 7,886 metres on the East Amphi property, located three kilometres northwest of the Canadian Malartic pit, where past production totaled 468,400 tonnes at 3.96 g/t gold for nearly 60,000 ounces of gold.

The current program is designed to test the lateral and vertical extension of the mineralized zone under the former East Amphi mine and it has already identified several new zones such as the Nessie and Kraken zones.

Hole EA21-4196 returned 8.3 g/t gold over 1.7 metres at 470 metres depth in a high-grade interval 100 metres on strike with the Nessie Zone.  Hole EA21-4197 returned 2.0 g/t gold over 29.8 metres at 544 metres depth, with one interval potentially being the northwestern extension of the Kraken target, located 100 metres from its discovery interval.

The historical residual mineral resources at East Amphi are being re-assessed in light of the most recent drilling results for the long-term optionality they could provide for the Partnership's operations, considering the processing capacity that will become available as mine production transitions from the Canadian Malartic open pits towards the Odyssey underground project.

Camflo

In June 2021, the Partnership completed the acquisition for $5.4 million of the historic Camflo, property located approximately one kilometre northeast of the Canadian Malartic property.

The Partnership is compiling historic data from the site as a first step in determining the potential for the property to host near-surface, low-grade mineralization suitable for open-pit mining and the potential for deep extensions of the historical mine area as well as new targets on the rest of the property.

Exploration Program in 2021

At Canadian Malartic in 2021, the Company expects to spend $11.9 million (50% basis) for 141,400 metres (100% basis) of exploration and conversion drilling focused on continued development of the East Gouldie deposit.

The additional regional exploration budget was increased from $3.2 million (50% basis) to $4.4 million (50% basis) to drill additional pierce points into the newly defined eastern extension of the East Gouldie deposit.  The regional targets at Canadian Malartic include the Rand Malartic property to target the Odyssey and East Gouldie eastern extensions and the East Amphi property.

Kirkland Lake Project – 2021 Drilling Focused on Infilling and Expanding Mineral Resources at Upper Beaver Deposit at Shallow and Deeper Depths in Preparation for Technical Evaluation in 2022

The 100% owned Kirkland Lake project in northeastern Ontario covers 25,506 hectares (approximately 35 kilometres long by 17 kilometres wide) in the prolific Kirkland Lake mining district.

Approximately 57,000 metres of drilling were completed during the first nine months of 2021 at the Kirkland Lake project, with a focus on conversion and expansion drilling at the Upper Beaver deposit in the north-east of the property.  Regional exploration is also ongoing over different areas of the large land package owned by Agnico Eagle in the Kirkland Lake district, including Upper Canada, Munro, Skead and Bidgood areas.

The Upper Beaver deposit is a gold-copper rich orebody that contains both vein and replacement-style mineralization.  It extends from surface to approximately two kilometres below surface and remains open at depth.  Gold mineralization occurs either as free/visible gold that is relatively common throughout the deposit or associated with sulphides.  Copper mineralization occurs predominantly as chalcopyrite and occasionally as bornite in disseminations or in stringers/stockwork veinlets.

During the first nine months of 2021 at Upper Beaver, 147 holes totalling 50,196 metres were drilled in both the shallow conversion program between surface and 500 metres depth and the conversion and expansion drilling at depths between 800 and 1,500 metres that targeted the Porphyry, Footwall and Gap zones.

Selected recent intercepts from drilling at the Upper Beaver deposit are set out in the table, plan map and composite longitudinal section below.

Selected recent exploration drill results from the Upper Beaver deposit at the Kirkland Lake project

Drill hole

Zone

From (metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
mid-
point
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)*

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(capped)**

Copper
grade
(%)
(uncapped)

Shallow conversion program

KLUB21-518E

499-Footwall

530.0

541.0

483

7.8

11.1

7.5

1.02

KLUB21-706

East South
contact zone

265.5

270.4

197

3.2

13.6

9.7

0.04

KLUB21-718

North Contact

45.0

58.5

42

6.8

8.8

8.8

0.00

incl.

North Contact

45.0

51.3

39

3.2

16.0

16.0

0.01

KLUB21-727

West Porphyry

83.9

87.6

81

3

25.4

10.2

0.57

and

West Porphyry

135.1

139.1

121

3.2

111.8

6.1

0.04

KLUB21-732

Q Zone

181.5

198.0

153

9.9

2.8

2.8

0.61

incl.

Q Zone

184.0

187.5

150

2.1

7.8

7.8

1.12

KLUB21-738

Q Zone

50.7

67.1

36

9.4

8.8

8.8

0.20

KLUB21-740

East Porphyry

332.0

346.0

265

10.3

6.1

5.2

0.14

KLUB21-747

Q Zone

24.5

37.7

18

10.1

2.1

2.1

0.20

KLUB21-749A

Q Zone

268.0

273.5

208

4.2

27.9

10.2

0.04

KLUB21-750

499-Footwall

441.0

454.1

390

6.6

5.5

5.5

0.06

KLUB21-752

East Porphyry

299.5

309.5

275

7

9.3

5.4

0.76

incl.

East Porphyry

299.5

304.0

272

3.2

19.1

10.5

0.58

KLUB21-754

East Porphyry

237.5

242.0

204

3.2

20.5

17.6

0.00

KLUB21-755

North Contact

121.6

131.3

118

8.2

11.3

10.6

0.17

incl.

North Contact

124.6

127.9

118

2.8

26.1

24.1

0.00

KLUB21-757

West Porphyry

229.6

247.0

174

14.3

15.5

5.3

0.16

incl.

West Porphyry

237.9

244.5

176

5.4

38.9

12.2

0.06

KLUB21-758

East Porphyry

346.0

363.0

259

10.9

5.0

5.0

0.06

and

East Porphyry

412.0

425.5

306

10.2

2.7

2.7

0.65

and

East Porphyry

452.0

461.0

331

7.6

10.9

10.2

1.45

KLUB21-758W1

East Porphyry

442.2

459.4

328

15.6

5.9

5.0

0.87

incl.

East Porphyry

453.9

459.4

332

5.0

13.0

10.3

1.44

and

499-Footwall

553.5

558.3

401

3.1

88.5

20.1

0.04

KLUB21-760A

East Porphyry

324.0

339.0

265

12.8

5.3

5.3

0.11

and

499-Footwall

560.0

564.5

453

2.8

18.4

11.1

0.44

KLUB21-762A

499-Footwall

643.0

652.6

517

8.4

4.3

4.3

0.93

incl.

499-Footwall

645.2

649.0

516

3.3

8.9

8.9

1.33

Deep conversion program

KLUB21-137W1

Porphyry

872.9

884.0

852

7.8

4.0

4.0

0.00

incl.

Porphyry

872.9

874.9

847

1.4

17.2

17.2

0.00

and

156-Footwall

973.6

978.5

944

2.9

3.3

3.3

0.09

KLUB21-163W17

Footwall

1,267.0

1,285.0

1,147

12.8

3.2

3.2

0.40

incl.

Footwall

1,274.5

1,285.0

1,150

7.5

4.6

4.6

0.21

KLUB21-307W12

Porphyry

1,615.0

1,636.1

1,421

18.3

3.6

3.6

0.13

incl.

Porphyry

1,625.0

1,628.0

1,422

2.6

8.4

8.4

0.23

KLUB21-307W13

Porphyry

1,633.2

1,652.6

1,435

18.2

8.7

8.7

0.81

incl.

Porphyry

1,633.2

1,640.0

1,430

6.4

16.2

16.2

1.24

incl.

Porphyry

1,642.6

1,646.0

1,436

3.2

12.3

12.3

0.70

KLUB21-307W14

Porphyry

1,610.0

1,615.6

1,398

4.6

13.3

13.3

0.99

and

Porphyry

1,638.0

1,645.0

1,421

4.9

18.5

18.5

0.88

KLUB21-328W9

Porphyry

1,657.0

1,661.5

1,447

4.1

6.2

6.2

0.23

and

Footwall

1,702.2

1,706.0

1,482

2.8

7.2

7.2

0.53

KLUC21-295E

Brock North

623.0

640

401

13.2

1.5

15

-

*Estimated true width values are preliminary.

**Holes in the shallow basalts and crown pillar at the Upper Beaver deposit use a capping factor of 30 g/t gold.  Holes in the Deep East Porphyry and Footwall zones of the Upper Beaver deposit use a capping factor of 90 g/t gold

[Kirkland Lake Project – Upper Beaver Composite Longitudinal Section and Geology Plan Map]

Shallow Conversion Program

From surface to approximately 500 metres depth, the Upper Beaver deposit consists of multiple, stacked mineralized zones characterized by steeply-dipping (50°-70°), northeast-striking quartz-carbonate veining or chalcopyrite-magnetite disseminated mineralization and veinlets hosted in basaltic volcanic rocks.

Recent results from the shallow conversion drilling demonstrate significant intersections in a variety of zones.

Hole KLUB21-758W1 returned 5.0 g/t gold and 0.87% copper over 15.6 metres at 328 metres depth in the East Porphyry Zone and 20.1 g/t gold over 3.1 metres at 401 metres depth in the 499-Footwall Zone.  Drilling in the same area returned highlights of 5.2 g/t gold over 10.3 metres at 265 metres depth in hole KLUB21-740 in the East Porphyry Zone and 7.5 g/t gold and 1.02% copper over 7.8 metres at 483 metres depth in hole KLUB21-518E in the 499-Footwall Zone.

An intersection of the North Contact Zone in hole KLUB21-718 returned 8.8 g/t gold over 6.8 metres at 42 metres depth and an intersection in the Q Zone in hole KLUB21-749A returned 10.2 g/t gold over 4.2 metres at 208 metres depth.

Deep Conversion Program

The deep conversion drilling program has extended the Footwall Zone upwards from depth as a follow-up on the previously announced hole KLUB21-163W12, which returned 13.8 g/t gold over 33.2 metres at 1,212 metres depth (see news release dated April 29, 2021).

The new drilling is infilling an under-explored area following a reinterpretation of the Footwall Zone's strike and the possible continuity between known mineralization at 1,200 metres depth, the 156-Footwall Zone at 800 metres depth and the 499-Footwall Zone at 400 to 500 metres depth.  All three zones are located inside the same corridor and display similar strike and dip.

Hole KLUB21-163W17 intersected 3.2 g/t gold over 12.8 metres at 1,147 metres depth, confirming a wide mineralized zone warranting follow-up drilling.

At greater depth, the Footwall Zone continues to be expanded, with hole KLUB21-328W9 returning 7.2 g/t gold over 2.8 metres at 1,482 metres depth.

The Porphyry Zone is dominant below 500 metres depth at the Upper Beaver deposit.  Between 1,400 and 1,450 metres depth, four intersections from the conversion drilling confirmed the zone's thickness, continuity and geometry with strong gold grades plus significant copper values.  Highlights include hole KLUB21-307W13, which returned 8.7 g/t gold and 0.81% copper over 18.2 metres at 1,435 metres depth and hole KLUB21-307W14, which returned 13.3 g/t gold and 0.99% copper over 4.6 metres at 1,398 metres depth.  Conversion drilling is ongoing further at depth in the Porphyry Zone.

These recent results are expected to have a positive impact on the next mineral reserve and mineral resource estimate to be included in the internal technical evaluation of the Upper Beaver deposit expected to be completed in 2022.

Upper Canada Deposit and Regional Exploration

In the first nine months of 2021, drilling at the Upper Canada deposit totaled eight holes for 6,812 metres.  Drilling at Upper Canada's Brock North Zone intersected the down-strike extension of a historical mineralized zone, with drill hole KLUC21-295E returning 1.5 g/t gold over 13.2 metres at 451 metres depth.  Brock North and the geologically similar Northland Zone at the Kirkland Lake project are both being targeted by the Company for their potential bulk tonnage mineralization.

The regional exploration program at the Kirkland Lake project included a high-resolution drone magnetic survey totalling 4,026 line-kilometres that was completed and processed in the third quarter of 2021.  The survey covered the majority of the Company's Kirkland Lake project claims with full coverage of the gold-favourable Timiskaming sedimentary formation, Larder Lake Cadillac Deformation Zone and the Upper Beaver-Blake River Group areas.

The results show several anomalies that highlight previously unmapped geological features that are obscured by Quaternary sediments but are associated with historical gold occurrences, including underground mine workings at several historic mines in the survey area.  These new structural interpretations will assist in generating targets for future drilling programs.

NUNAVUT

Agnico Eagle considers Nunavut a politically attractive and stable jurisdiction with enormous geological potential.  With the Company's Meliadine mine and Meadowbank Complex (including the Amaruq satellite deposit), together with the recently acquired Hope Bay mine and other exploration projects, Nunavut has the potential to be a strategic operating platform for the Company with the ability to generate strong gold production and cash flow over several decades.

Meliadine – Significant Exploration Results at Tiriganiaq, Normeg and Wesmeg Confirm and Expand High Grade Gold Mineralization; Regional Exploration Discovers Additional Shallow High-Grade Mineralization at Aquarius

The Meliadine property includes seven gold deposits, six of which are part of the current mine plan.  Tiriganiaq is the largest of the deposits with a strike length of approximately 3.0 kilometres at surface and a known depth of 812 metres.

Exploration drilling during the first nine months of 2021 at the Meliadine property focused on Tiriganiaq (19 holes totalling 5,313 metres), infilling inferred mineral resources at depth in the Normeg/Wesmeg deposits (14 holes totalling 3,002 metres), deep exploration drilling at the Pump deposit (21 holes totalling 9,600 metres) and exploration of the Wolf deposit (2 holes totalling 1,235 metres).

Detailed exploration results from the Pump deposit at Meliadine were reported in the Company's news release dated July 8, 2021 and results from the Discovery deposit were reported in the Company's news release dated February 11, 2021.

Recent exploration highlights from the Meliadine property are set out in the table and composite longitudinal section below.  The drill hole collar coordinates are in the Appendix.

Selected recent exploration drill results from the Tiriganiaq, Normeg, Wesmeg and Wolf deposits and regional exploration at Meliadine

Deposit

Drill hole

Lode

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width
(metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(capped*)

Tiriganiaq

M21-2933

1374

813.7

821.6

695

7.9

3.6

3.6

Tiriganiaq

M21-3276-W1C

1050

710.2

712.4

650

2.2

5.7

5.7

Tiriganiaq

M425-156-F1

Interlode

26.1

55.9

380

27.4

21.1

21.0

Normeg

M20-3185

901

100.2

103.3

84

3.1

8.6

8.6

Normeg

M21-3285

902

63.4

66.5

54

3.1

10.6

10.6

Normeg

ML250-9325-D4

930

7.1

11.2

224

4.1

8.3

8.3

and


911

46.9

49.9

230

3.0

6.6

6.6

Wesmeg

M20-2966

650

234.6

241.4

207

6.8

2.3

2.3

and


625

246.0

254.8

218

8.8

7.0

7.0

Wesmeg

M20-2967

710

240.0

243.5

193

3.5

4.2

4.2

and


650

250.6

256.5

202

5.9

2.9

2.9

and


625

281.1

284.2

224

3.1

4.1

4.1

Wesmeg

M21-3285

650

195.0

200.2

158

5.2

6.8

6.8

and


600

245.0

250.0

196

5.0

3.0

3.0

Wesmeg

M21-3287

650

137.4

152.8

111

15.4

2.2

2.2

and


625

161.9

165.0

124

3.1

4.0

4.0

Wesmeg

ML250-9325-D4

650

156.4

159.4

248

3.0

5.5

5.5

Wolf

M21-3306

2130

509.5

513.6

427

4.1

6.8

6.8

and


2125

519.4

522.6

434

3.2

3.9

3.9

Itiqlak-Aquarius

M21-3270

-

140.1

144.7

37

4.2

3.6

3.6

Itiqlak-Aquarius

M21-3290

-

202.6

204.8

97

4.2

5.4

5.4

* A capping factor of 70 g/t gold is used in this portion of the interlode area at the Tiriganiaq deposit, and a capping factor of 40 g/t gold is used in the 650 lode at the Wesmeg deposit.

[Meliadine Mine – Plan Map & Tiriganiaq Composite Longitudinal Section]

Mine Site Conversion and Exploration Drilling Updates

Conversion and exploration drilling at the Tiriganiaq, Wesmeg and Normeg deposits on the Meliadine property continues to confirm and expand high grade gold mineralization.

At Tiriganiaq, exploration hole M21-2933 intersected 3.6 g/t gold over 7.9 metres at 695 metres depth in lode 1374 in the deepest and westernmost portion of the main oreshoot, suggesting the potential for additional gold mineralization along trend at depth.

Highlights from drilling at Normeg include hole M21-3285, which intersected 10.6 g/t gold over 3.1 metres at 158 metres depth in lode 902 at the edge of the mineral resource; and hole ML250-9325-D4, which intersected 8.3 g/t gold over 4.1 metres at 224 metres depth in lode 930 in an area of inferred mineral resources.

At Wesmeg, hole M20-2966 intersected 7.0 g/t gold over 8.8 metres at 218 metres depth in lode 625 at the edge of the mineral resource; and hole M21-3285 intersected 6.8 g/t gold over 5.2 metres at 54 metres depth in lode 650 in an area already categorized as inferred mineral resources.

Regional Exploration

In regional exploration, drilling is continuing to test targets around the Discovery deposit including the Itiqlak-Aquarius target located 15 kilometres southeast of the mine and three kilometres northwest of the Discovery deposit.  Itiqlak-Aquarius is characterized by a mineralized fold nose in iron formation similar to the Tiriganiaq, Pump, F-Zone and Discovery deposits at Meliadine.

Initial drilling in 2021 at Itiqlak-Aquarius returned 21.7 g/t gold over 3.5 metres at 93 metres depth in hole M21-3262 in the North Limb of the folded banded iron formation, as reported in the Company news release dated July 8, 2021.

During the first nine months of 2021 at Itiqlak-Aquarius, 16 drill holes totalling 3,245 metres were drilled to define shallow mineralized shoots in the South Limb and the thickening and extensions of the banded iron formation along the fold hinge.  Additional drilling in the South Limb at depth intercepted mineralization in the structurally higher North Limb, North Hinge and East Limb banded iron formations, providing zone stacking potential.

Recent drill results from Itiqlak-Aquarius include hole M21-3270, which returned 3.6 g/t over 4.2 metres at 37 metres depth and hole M21-3290, which returned up to 5.4 g/t over 4.2 metres at 97 metres depth.

Assays are pending for drilling in the South Limb but results from the last five drill holes within the fold hinge area are all displaying favourable geology with visible gold in quartz veining within the iron formation units.

At Meliadine in 2021, the Company expects to spend $8.3 million for 44,000 metres of capitalized drilling with a focus on conversion at the Tiriganiaq, Normeg and Wesmeg deposits, as well as exploration drilling of the Tiriganiaq, Wesmeg, Pump, F-Zone and Wolf deposits.  The Company budgeted an additional $1.5 million for 7,000 metres of regional exploration drilling on the wider Meliadine property.

Meadowbank – Exploration Drilling Extends IVR Deposit and Whale Tail Deposit in the Mammoth Lake Area; Regional Exploration Discovers Shallow High-Grade Mineralization at Sheeba Prospect

The 100% owned Meadowbank Complex is located approximately 110 kilometres by road north of Baker Lake in the Kivalliq District of Nunavut, Canada.  The Complex consists of the Meadowbank mine and mill and the Amaruq satellite deposit, which is located 50 kilometres northwest of the Meadowbank mine.  The Meadowbank mine achieved commercial production in March 2010, and mining activities at the site were completed by the fourth quarter of 2019.

The Amaruq mining operation uses the existing infrastructure at the Meadowbank minesite.  Additional infrastructure has also been built at the Amaruq site.  Amaruq ore is transported using long haul off-road type trucks to the mill at the Meadowbank site for processing.  The Amaruq satellite deposit achieved commercial production on September 30, 2019.

Detailed exploration drill results at Amaruq were last reported in the Company's news release dated February 13, 2020.

At the Meadowbank Complex in 2021, $7.0 million is budgeted for 34,900 metres of drilling, including 23,900 metres of conversion drilling and 11,000 metres of exploration drilling focused on testing extensions of the IVR deposit and the Whale Tail deposit in the Mammoth Lake area, and on regional exploration targets.  Approximately 17,000 metres of drilling were completed at the complex during the first nine months of the year.

Recent exploration highlights from the Amaruq property at the Meadowbank Complex are set out in the table, plan map and composite longitudinal section below.  Drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent exploration drill results from the IVR deposit, Mammoth zone and Sheeba target at Meadowbank

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*)

AMQ21-2565

IVR

287.0

290.0

247

2.6

26.6

26.6

AMQ21-2579A

IVR

414.8

417.8

364

2.8

3.7

3.7

AMQ21-2608

IVR

322.7

328.9

239

5.4

3.7

3.7

AMQ21-2657

IVR

430.0

440.0

370

7.1

3.0

3.0

and

IVR

473.6

477.4

403

3.3

7.7

7.7

AMQ21-2662

IVR

606.9

613.3

504

5.8

3.3

3.3

and

IVR

588.7

593.5

489

3.4

5.9

4.8

AMQ21-2562

Mammoth

243.1

248.0

179

4.7

5.1

5.1

AMQ21-2603

Mammoth

288.4

345.1

264

36.4

4.4

4.4

including

Mammoth

288.4

321.1

254

18.8

6.2

4.7

including

Mammoth

329.3

345.1

280

12.9

2.7

2.6

AMQ21-2615

Mammoth

361.6

366.6

270

4.1

3.5

3.5

and

Mammoth

372.0

375.0

277

3.0

3.7

3.7

7001-21-028

Sheeba SW

62.2

63.0

46

0.8**

5.5

n/a

and


92.0

92.6

68

0.6**

1.5

n/a

and


93.3

94.0

69

0.7**

108.0

n/a

and


103.0

103.5

76

0.5**

29.4

n/a

and


127.2

128.6

94

1.4**

3.0

n/a

7001-21-031

Sheeba SW

147.0

147.6

111

0.6**

2.7

n/a

and


147.6

148.2

112

0.6**

297.0

n/a

* Holes at IVR deposit use a capping factor of 20 g/t gold.  Holes at Mammoth use a capping factor of 15 g/t gold

**Core length. True width undetermined.

[Meadowbank Complex – Amaruq Plan Map]

[Meadowbank Complex – Amaruq Composite Longitudinal Section]

Whale Tail and IVR Deposits

Exploration in 2021 was focused in the area between the Whale Tail and IVR underground mineral resources.  Highlights from the 2021 drilling program include hole AMQ21-2565, which intersected 26.6 g/t gold over 2.6 metres at 247 metres depth and hole AMQ21-2608, which returned 3.7 g/t gold over 5.4 metres at 239 metres depth, demonstrating potential for mineral resources to be discovered between Whale Tail and IVR near the planned underground mine infrastructure.

A follow up program in this area in 2022 will aim to increase confidence in the continuity of the expanded mineralization as well as to extend any inferred mineral resources developed during this year's program.

Mammoth Zone

During the first nine months of 2021, 12 exploration drill holes were completed in the Mammoth Zone, approximately 600 metres west of the Whale Tail pit to test for the western extension of underground mineral resources.

Recent results include hole AMQ21-2603, which targeted the western extension of the Mammoth Zone at depth and returned 4.4 g/t gold over 36.4 metres at 264 metres depth, including 4.7 g/t gold over 18.8 metres at 254 metres depth in a newly discovered oreshoot in the Mammoth Zone that remains open at depth.  Hole AMQ21-2615, drilled approximately 60 metres west of AMQ21-2603, confirmed the thickness of Mammoth Zone and returned 3.5 g/t gold over 4.1 metres at 270 metres depth and 3.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 277 metres depth.  These holes have the potential to add new mineral resources beyond the current Mammoth Zone mineral resources.

Hole AMQ21-2562 intersected 5.1 g/t gold over 4.7 metres at 179 metres depth in a newly discovered area of mineralization approximately 40 metres north of the Mammoth Zone.

A follow up drilling program is currently under way at Mammoth Zone with the focus on improving understanding of the mineralization geometry as well as extending known mineralization.

Regional Exploration

In the first nine months of 2021, 54 drill holes totalling 9,685 metres were completed in regional exploration around Meadowbank and Amaruq.  From this total, 28 holes totalling 5,087 metres were completed in the third quarter into the Sheeba target to test the continuity of the mineralization in proximity to the historical Sheeba showing at depth and along strike.

Mineralization at Sheeba is hosted in quartz pyrite-sphalerite-galena veins that have returned high grade, so far narrow, results, such as 297 g/t gold (uncapped) over 0.6 metres at 112 metres depth in hole 7001-21-031.  Follow-up drilling is ongoing along strike to identify a wider zone along the horizon, with assays pending.  Drilling is also ongoing near the Vault deposit to test the favourable stratigraphy along the Vault East occurrence.

At the Greyhound property (a joint venture with Gold79 Mines Ltd.) located along the road to Baker Lake and 50 kilometres south of the Meadowbank mine, 9 holes totalling 1,815 metres were completed in 2021 on the Dingo, Aura and Outstanding Lake targets, where polymetallic volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization has been identified in surface boulders by prospecting.

Hope Bay – Drilling Prioritizes Doris and Madrid Deposits in Initial Phase of Program; New Zone of Mineralization Discovered at Naartok

On February 2, 2021 the Company completed its acquisition of TMAC Resources Inc. ("TMAC") which holds a 100% interest in the Hope Bay mine in Nunavut.  The 181,677-hectare property hosts two 80-kilometre long greenstone belts (Hope Bay and Elu) where the Company sees tremendous potential to validate and further increase the historical mineral reserves and mineral resources.

The Hope Bay project has seen significant historical exploration activity, including more than one million metres of drilling with approximately 90% of the drilling occurring on the established deposits of Doris, Madrid and Boston.  As a result, the project hosts a large historical mineral resource of 1.6 million tonnes of measured mineral resources grading 9.5 g/t gold (481,000 ounces of gold), 20.2 million tonnes of indicated mineral resources grading 7.2 g/t gold (4.7 million ounces of gold) and 10.9 million tonnes of inferred mineral resources grading 6.1 g/t gold (2.1 million ounces of gold), as at December 31, 2019.  The historical measured and indicated mineral resources include historical proven mineral reserves of 99,000 tonnes grading 4.1 g/t gold (13,000 ounces of gold) and historical probable mineral reserves of 16.8 million tonnes grading 6.5 g/t gold (3.5 million ounces of gold).  See "Historical Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource at Hope Bay" below.

In 2021, the Company is carrying out delineation, conversion and exploration drilling programs at the Hope Bay property using three rigs from underground and four rigs at surface.  At the northern end of the Hope Bay greenstone belt, the Doris operation hosts all of Hope Bay's mining, processing and camp facilities.  The Madrid deposit is located eight kilometres south of the Doris mine and can be accessed year-round by road.  Approximately 55 kilometres south of Doris is the Boston deposit, which also has an exploration camp and exploration ramp infrastructure.

During the third quarter of 2021, 135 drill holes totalling 28,302 metres were completed at the Doris and Madrid deposits, and year to date a total of 71,453 metres have been completed compared to a budget of 69,600 metres.

Doris Deposit Exploration

At the Doris deposit during the third quarter of 2021, three drill rigs were operating underground delineating and exploring the BTD Zone and West Valley Zone extensions and initiating infill drilling in the DCN Zone, while one surface drill rig was testing the northern extension of the BTD Zone.

Selected recent drill intercepts from the Doris deposit are set out in the table and composite longitudinal section below.  The drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent drill results from the Doris deposit at Hope Bay

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)*

DBE21-50344

BTD Ext West

114.7

119.5

338

3.9

42.3

14.5

DBE21-50381

BTD Ext West

154.9

158.0

312

3.8

18.2

17.7

and

BTD Ext East

172.6

175.8

305

3.1

15.2

10.9

DBE21-50408

BTD Ext West

119.0

122.3

328

3.1

23.9

20.9

DBE21-50410

BTD Ext West

120.7

126.0

329

5.2

28.7

16.0

and

BTD Ext West

138.0

141.0

324

3.0

20.1

10.0

DBE21-50411

BTD Hinge Zone

136.0

140.0

317

3.1

6.4

6.4

and

BTD Hinge Zone

149.1

153.0

311

3.3

23.7

12.9

DBE21-50469

BTD Ext West

130.0

134.4

319

3.2

56.9

32.0

DCN21-50284

West Valley Vein

27.3

30.6

281

3.3

21.4

21.4

DCN21-50384

West Valley Vein

34.3

44.6

298

9.0

10.9

8.5

DCN21-50385A

WV Vein West

33.0

42.7

299

6.6

6.6

6.6

DCN21-50413

DCN Vein 1

0.5

9.5

255

8.6

23.8

13.5

DCN21-50417

DCN Vein 1

0.0

9.5

258

9.5

16.0

12.0

DCN21-50418

DCN Vein 1

0.0

13.0

254

12.6

21.9

12.9

DCN21-50419

DCN Vein 1

2.0

14.0

250

8.7

38.1

12.2

DCN21-50420

DCN Vein 1

1.0

7.6

260

5.3

7.0

7.0

DCN21-50422

DCN Vein 1

2.0

13.5

249

8.0

11.1

8.6

and

DCN Vein 2

28.0

37.9

234

7.5

5.8

5.3

DCN21-50441

West Valley Vein

38.0

49.0

302

8.0

30.9

19.1

DCN21-50446

DCN Vein 1

88.9

97.0

231

7.3

8.7

8.7

DCN21-50474

DCN Vein 1

30.4

37.0

247

6.4

14.5

12.1

DCN21-50475

DCN Vein 1

25.5

39.2

238

13.6

9.6

9.6

DCN21-50487

DCN Vein 1

31.5

43.8

216

8.6

11.6

11.3

DCN21-50488

DCN Vein 1

26.9

37.0

231

9.7

11.8

9.4

DCN21-50664

DCN Vein 1

29.0

38.9

244

9.5

5.1

5.1

DCN21-50665

DCN Vein 1

32.2

39.5

229

7.1

16.9

6.9

DCN21-50666

DCN Vein 1

31.7

46.7

213

13.1

13.8

8.3

*Results from the Doris deposit at Hope Bay use a capping factor of 50 g/t gold.

[Doris Deposit at Hope Bay Mine – Composite Longitudinal Section]

Drilling in the BTD Extension Zone has confirmed that the main hinge zone is rising in elevation and extending north.  Recent highlights include 32.0 g/t gold over 3.2 metres at 319 metres depth in hole DBE21-50469, 16.0 g/t gold over 5.2 metres at 329 metres depth in hole DBE21-50410, and 17.7 g/t gold over 3.8 metres at 312 metres depth in hole DBE21-50381.  The high-grade plunge proximal to the hinge remains open on strike to the north.

Drilling in the West Valley Zone has confirmed the extension of the West Valley Zone to the south and above the dike.  High grade highlights include 19.1 g/t gold over 8.0 metres at 302 metres depth in hole DCN21-50441, 8.5 g/t gold over 9.0 metres at 298 metres depth in hole DCN21-50384, and 21.4 g/t gold over 3.3 metres at 281 metres depth in hole DCN21-50284.

Development of the West Valley exploration drift is under way and it will be used to target the gap in the West Valley between the dike and the previously defined West Valley mineral resources to the north.

In the DCN area, exploration during the third quarter of 2021 was focused on delineation drilling and confirming thicknesses and grades, with highlights of 12.9 g/t gold over 12.6 metres at 254 metres depth in hole DCN21-50418; 9.6 g/t gold over 13.6 metres at 238 metres depth in hole DCN21-50475; and 13.5 g/t gold over 8.6 metres at 255 metres depth in hole DCN21-50413.

The Company believes there is good potential to extend the deposit along strike to the north and to add to the mineral resources at Doris beneath the diabase dike with continued drilling on the BTD Extension, BTD Connector/West Valley and BTD Central zones.

Madrid Deposit Exploration

In the Madrid area, several mineralized zones have been delineated within a north-south trending package of sheared and altered mafic volcanic, gabbroic and ultramafic rocks.  The gold mineralization typically occurs with pyrite in quartz-carbonate stockworks with a strong silicification and albitization.

Drilling in the shallow portion of the Madrid deposit is testing the area around the ramp portal in the Naartok West Zone to delineate the upper portion of the deposit while investigating potential parallel structures in the hanging wall and footwall of the main ore zone.

Selected recent drill intercepts from definition drilling in the Naartok West Zone and East zones at the Madrid deposit are set out in the table and composite longitudinal section below.  The drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent drill results from Naartok West and East zones at Madrid deposit at Hope Bay

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)*

HBM21-002

Naartok West Main-Madrid

203.5

207.0

163

2.7

153.1

13.5

HBM21-003

Naartok West-N Splay-Madrid

243.8

249.5

227

5.5

4.6

4.6

and

Naartok West-N Splay-Madrid

266.7

272.9

247

5.9

10.5

10.3

and

Naartok West-N Splay-Madrid

305.7

314.1

283

8.3

6.9

6.6

and

Naartok West-N Splay-Madrid

323.4

326.6

296

3.1

14.3

10.1

HBM21-007

Naartok West Main-Madrid

245.0

252.5

209

7.4

7.9

7.9

HBM21-007A

Naartok West Main-Madrid

265.4

269.0

238

3.0

18.1

7.1

HBM21-008

Naartok West Main-Madrid

255.5

265.6

205

8.1

5.4

5.4

HBM21-010

Naartok East-Madrid

263.3

276.9

238

13.7

8.0

8.0

HBM21-015

Naartok West-N Splay-Madrid

360.3

364.0

339

3.7

15.5

7.7

HBM21-023

Naartok East-Madrid

294.6

299.9

224

5.3

6.9

6.9

HBM21-024

Naartok East-Madrid

254.9

261.0

217

6.0

11.0

11.0

and

Naartok East-Madrid

272.0

276.3

231

4.2

8.3

8.3

NWS21-80075

Naartok West Main-Madrid

98.0

104.4

91

6.2

5.1

5.1

NWS21-80083

Naartok West Main-Madrid

142.5

148.4

157

3.4

11.5

11.5

and

Naartok West Main-Madrid

165.0

169.0

177

3.2

13.1

12.2

and

Naartok West Main-Madrid

187.0

191.0

198

2.5

7.0

7.0

*Results from the Naartok West and East zones at the Madrid deposit at Hope Bay use a capping factor of 50 g/t gold.

[Madrid Deposit at Hope Bay Mine – Composite Longitudinal Section]

Exploration drilling at Madrid during the third quarter of 2021 continued to return strong results.

Drilling has confirmed the extension of the Naartok East Zone further north with intersections of 11.0 g/t gold over 6.0 metres at 217 metres depth in hole HBM21-024 and 8.0 g/t gold over 13.7 metres at 238 metres depth in hole HBM21-010.  The Naartok East Zone remains open to the north along strike and at depth with drilling planned to further test the extent of the zone.

Drilling at the Naartok West Zone has confirmed grade and thickness continuity of the Main Zone with intersections including 7.9 g/t gold over 7.4 metres at 209 metres depth in hole HBM21-007.  The Naartok West Zone remains open along strike and at depth with further drilling planned to test the extent of the zone.

Exploration in the western Naartok West area has also resulted in the discovery of a new zone of north-trending stacked splays that returned drill results of 10.3 g/t gold over 5.9 metres at 247 metres depth and 6.6 g/t gold over 8.3 metres at 283 metres depth in drill hole
HBM21-003.  This new zone remains open in all directions and drilling is ongoing.

These results in the Naartok West Zone are returning intercepts in line with expectations in the main mineralized zone and are identifying the potential to add mineral resources.

Exploration Plan and Budget

The Company has budgeted $16.2 million for drilling at the Hope Bay property in 2021, including $5.5 million for approximately 29,800 metres of delineation drilling at the Doris mine and $10.7 million for approximately 39,800 metres of drilling on exploration targets around Doris, Madrid and other regional targets along the Hope Bay greenstone belt.  The Company continues to evaluate exploration priorities and metres allocated on each program and may adjust the allocation of drilling during the remainder of 2021.

A review of the historical estimates for mineral reserves and mineral resources at Hope Bay is ongoing.  The Hope Bay project was not included in the Company's 2020 year-end mineral reserve and mineral resource estimate considering the timing of its acquisition on February 2, 2021.

There is also excellent exploration potential at the Boston deposit and on a regional scale within the Hope Bay and Elu greenstone belts.  The majority of historical and recent exploration has focused on defining and expanding the known deposits.  However, to date, over 90 regional exploration targets have been defined by surface mapping and sampling, and geophysical and geochemical surveys.

FINLAND

Agnico Eagle's Kittila mine in Finland is the largest primary gold producer in Europe and hosts the Company's largest mineral reserve.  The expansion of the Kittila mill to 2.0 million tonnes per annum was completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.  An underground shaft is under construction and is expected to be commissioned in 2022.

Kittila – Drilling Confirms and Extends Main and Sisar Zones in Roura and Rimpi Areas; Mineralization Discovered in New Target Area Below Shaft Currently Under Construction 

The Kittila mine and the Suurikuusikko property are hosted by Proterozoic rocks of the Svecofennian province.  Gold mineralization is refractory with the gold occurring mainly within arsenopyrite and pyrite.  The large, 19,213 hectare Kittila property hosts additional parallel structures that have similarities to the Suurikuusikko main break.

Near mine exploration remains the main focus as the deposit remains open at depth and laterally.

The 2021 exploration and conversion program at Kitilla plans for 74,500 metres of drilling that aims to further explore and expand Kittila's mineral reserve and mineral resource potential.  A main objective is to demonstrate the economic potential of the Sisar Zone as a new mining horizon at Kittila below the current mineral resource limit at 1,540 metres depth to assess the full potential of the project.

During the first nine months of 2021 at the Kittila mine, exploration drilling totaled 20 holes (14,344 metres) and conversion drilling totaled 67 holes (23,911 metres).

Selected recent drill results from the Kittila mine are set out in the table and composite longitudinal section below.  The drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent drill results from the Main and Sisar zones in the Roura and Rimpi areas at the Kittila mine

Drill hole

Zone

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true width (metres)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

ROD21-701

Main Roura

108.0

115.0

1,092

3.6

3.5

and

Main Roura

243.0

251.0

1,194

4.2

4.3

and

Main Roura

285.7

294.2

1,225

4.6

3.1

and

Sisar Central

514.0

520.1

1,390

3.5

3.3

ROD21-702

Main Roura

236.5

244.4

1,209

3.1

12.8

ROD21-751C

Sisar Deep

577.0

589.0

1,447

6.6

4.6

ROD21-751E

Sisar Deep

656.0

678.7

1,529

11.5

6.1

RIE21-700B

Sisar Deep

1,128.6

1,132.2

1,931

2.9

5.5

RIE21-601

Sisar Central

396.0

400.0

1,241

3.0

6.7

[Kittila Mine – Composite Longitudinal Section]

During the third quarter of 2021, conversion drilling in the Sisar Deep Zone intersected 6.1 g/t gold over 11.5 metres at 1,529 metres depth in hole ROD21-751E and 4.6 g/t gold over 6.6 metres at 1,447 metres depth in hole ROD21-751C, confirming the presence of gold mineralization at the southern edge of the Sisar Zone at a moderate depth.

In a new target area below the shaft currently under construction, exploration drilling returned 12.8 g/t gold over 3.1 metres at 1,209 metres depth hole in the Main Zone in hole ROD21-702 and 3.3 g/t gold over 3.5 metres at 1,390 metres depth in the Sisar Zone in hole ROD21-701.  These first two holes drilled into the target demonstrate that the Main and Sisar zones extend southward into this area in proximity to planned mining infrastructure.

In the deep exploration campaign in the Sisar Zone around previously reported hole ROD15-704D (reported in February 2016), hole RIE21-700B intersected 5.5 g/t gold over 2.9 metres at 1,931 metres depth, further confirming gold mineralization in the deepest portions of the Sisar Zone encountered to date.

The drilling campaign in this portion of the Sisar Zone at 1,800 to 2,100 metres below surface will continue into 2022.

In the Sisar Zone within the Rimpi area, exploration hole RIE20-601 returned 6.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 1,241 metres depth, demonstrating the potential to extend the zone towards the north.

MEXICO

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

Pinos Altos – Drilling at Cubiro and Pinos Altos Deep Confirms and Extends High-Grade Gold Mineralization

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

Exploration drilling during the first nine months of 2021 focused on two targets: the Cubiro deposit, located nine kilometres northwest of the Pinos Altos mine site; and multiple gold deposits in the western depths of the Pinos Altos mine, as part of the Pinos Altos Deep project.

The Company drilled 85 exploration holes (20,786 metres) on the Pinos Altos property in the first nine months of 2021, which were comprised of 35 holes (9,765 metres) at Cubiro, 10 holes (2,811 metres) at Reyna de Plata and 40 holes (8,201 metres) at Pinos Altos Deep.

At Cubiro, drilling focused on evaluating the westernmost lateral and upward projection of the central portion of main Cubiro corridor.  Exploration was also conducted to confirm and extend the North Cubiro structure laterally and at depth.

At the Pinos Altos Deep project, exploration and step out holes were drilled in the Cerro Colorado, Santo Niño and Oberon de Weber zones, with the aim of extending structures laterally at depth and up to 200 metres below the lowest production level.

Selected recent intercepts from drilling at the Cubiro deposit and the Pinos Altos Deep project at the Pinos Altos mine are set out in the table and composite longitudinal sections below.  Drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent exploration drill results from the Cubiro deposit and Pinos Altos Deep project at the Pinos Altos mine

Drill hole

Area

From
(m)

To

(m)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(m)

Estimated
true width
(m)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(capped)

Silver
grade (g/t)
(uncapped)

Silver
grade (g/t)
(capped)

CBUG21-145

Cubiro

166.7

170.0

216

3.3

3.6

3.6

8

8

and

Cubiro

183.4

187.8

217

4.3

4.9

4.9

13

13

CBUG21-146

Cubiro

157.3

172.9

219

9.1

4.9

4.9

4

4

CBUG21-148

Cubiro

171.0

176.0

224

4.5

2.1

2.1

16

16

CBUG21-153

Cubiro

120.3

124.5

295

4.2

5.4

4.4

6

6

UG21-212

PA Deep

139.0

145.5

607

6.5

5.7

4.0

380

196

UG21-213

PA Deep

147.2

152.3

630

5.0

7.8

4.3

665

200

UG21-215

PA Deep

78.0

82.2

684

3.6

3.7

3.7

83

83

UG21-216

PA Deep

12.7

21.0

638

6.3

3.2

3.2

46

46

and


78.0

87.0

726

6.8

1.6

1.6

124

124

UG21-221

PA Deep

179.0

184.0

827

4.0

3.3

3.3

83

83

*Results from the Cubiro deposit and Pinos Altos Deep project at Pinos Altos mine use a capping factor of 10 g/t gold and 200g/t silver.

[Pinos Altos Mine – Cubiro and Pinos Altos Composite Longitudinal Sections]

At the Cubiro deposit, drilling from the underground ramp intersected high-grade gold mineralization in the North Cubiro structure in a gap between mineral resources and mineral reserves above the ramp, with hole CBUG21-146 returning 4.9 g/t gold and 4 g/t silver over 9.1 metres at 219 metres depth, demonstrating the potential to grow mineral resources and mineral reserves in the northwestern portion of the deposit.

A surface drilling program at Cubiro of four holes totalling 1,600 metres evaluated the eastern projection of North Cubiro and identified lateral vein extensions exceeding 400 metres.

At the Pinos Altos Deep project, hole UG21-213, drilled into the Cerro Colorado zone, intersected 4.3 g/t gold and 200 g/t silver over 5.0 metres at 630 metres depth in a gap between mineral resources located down-plunge to the southwest of the mine workings, further demonstrating the potential to grow mineral resources at depth in the Cerro Colorado zone.

Hole UG21-216 intersected 1.6 g/t gold and 124 g/t silver over 6.8 metres at 726 metres depth in the transition area between the Cerro Colorado and Santo Niño zones.

The program to date at Pinos Altos Deep continues to confirm narrow high-grade gold mineralization within broader, low-grade mineralization, further demonstrating the potential to add to the mine's mineral resources and mineral reserves.

During 2021 at Pinos Altos, the Company budgeted $3.9 million for 20,000 metres of exploration drilling that includes conversion drilling at the Pinos Altos mine, and further exploration work at Cubiro, the Pinos Altos Deep project and Reyna East.

La India - Regional Exploration at La India Remains Focused on Chipriona Deposit and Other Sulphide Opportunities

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

In regional exploration at La India, during the first nine months of 2021, the Company continued its program of infill and step-out drilling of the gold- and silver-rich Chipriona polymetallic sulphide deposit and associated mineralized veins within the 3.2-kilometre-long Chipriona structural corridor as well as other sulphide targets near the La India oxide gold operations.  The Chipriona deposit is located approximately one kilometre north of the La India mine.

At December 31, 2020, the Chipriona open pit deposit had indicated mineral resources of 44,000 ounces of gold, 2.0 million ounces of silver and 16,600 tonnes of zinc (1.3 million tonnes grading 1.08 g/t gold, 49.81 g/t silver and 1.31% zinc) and inferred mineral resources of 278,000 ounces of gold, 31.1 million ounces of silver and 103,900 tonnes of zinc (12.8 million tonnes grading 0.68 g/t gold, 75.59 g/t silver and 0.81% zinc).

In the first nine months of 2021, the Company drilled 179 holes totalling 21,384 metres into shallow, open-pit targets at the La India Complex, comprised of 71 holes (12,627 metres) at Chipriona, 57 holes (4,995 metres) at the El Realito deposit and 51 holes (3,762 metres) at the Main Zone deposit.

Selected recent drill intercepts from the Chipriona deposit and Main Zone are set out in the table and plan map below.  The drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent drill intercepts from the Chipriona deposit and Main Zone at the La India property

Drill hole

From

(m)

To

(m)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(m)

Estimated
true width
(m)

Gold grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Silver grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Lead
grade

(%)

Zinc

grade

 (%)

CHP-21-045

11.9

22.7

22

8.3

0.6

181

0.5

0.3

CHP-21-048

73.0

98.0

57

19.2

0.8

82

0.1

0.3

CHP-21-049

126.3

132.0

124

4.7

0.9

163

0.2

0.3

CHP-21-056

84.0

89.0

52

4.7

0.6

170

1.8

1.6

and

187.0

192.0

116

4.7

0.6

101

0.0

0.2

and

197.2

202.7

124

5.2

0.6

113

0.1

0.3

CHP-21-057

37.4

53.0

40

14.2

0.8

337

1.3

0.9

CHP-21-058

79.5

106.7

79

25.6

1.3

110

0.9

1.9

CHP-21-059

3.0

6.7

3

3.4

2.1

47

0.3

0.0

and

190.0

196.9

97

6.4

1.6

120

0.3

0.7

CHP-21-060

9.0

51.0

12

36.3

0.9

109

1.7

1.9

and

54.0

65.0

28

9.5

0.8

233

1.2

1.7

and

68.4

78.0

31

8.3

0.7

23

0.4

0.8

CHP-21-061

100.0

108.7

103

7.9

1.0

397

0.3

0.4

INMRC21-2479

101.0

111.0

94

6.3

1.2

5

-

-

INMRC21-2509

102.0

135.0

125

25.3

1.3

5

-

-

[La India Mine – Chipriona Geology Plan Map]

Mineral resource conversion and expansion drilling at Chipriona in the first nine months of 2021 focused on evaluating parallel mineralized structures within the major corridor and testing the down-dip projection of the corridor north the Chipriona open pit outline.

Hole CHP21-057, drilled into the central portion of Chipriona, intersected 0.8 g/t gold and 337 g/t silver over 14.2 metres at 40 metres depth and hole CHP21-061, drilled approximately 100 metres to the southeast, intersected 1.0 g/t gold and 397 g/t silver over 7.9 metres at 103 metres depth.  The intersections further demonstrate the wide, shallow intersections with high-grade silver values that typify the Chipriona sulphide deposit in contrast to the traditional low-grade oxide ore of the La India heap-leach operations.

With the continued success in conversion and step-out drilling this year at Chipriona, the Company expects an increase in mineral resources estimated at year-end 2021.

The significant polymetallic mineralization being intersected near surface at Chipriona over substantial widths continues to suggest the potential for bulk mining of lower-grade mineralization in stockwork zones that surround high-grade feeder zones.

Drilling in the western extension of the Main Zone has intersected sulphide mineralization at depth, including in hole INMRC21-2479 which returned 1.2 g/t gold and 5 g/t silver over 6.3 metres at 94 metres depth and hole INMRC21-2509 which returned 1.3 g/t gold and 5 g/t silver over 25.3 metres at 125 metres depth.  The sulphide intersections show the potential for future synergies between any sulphide mining operation developed at Chipriona and remnant satellite sulphide deposits located elsewhere on the La India property.

At the La India property in 2021, the Company has budgeted $4.0 million for 20,000 metres of drilling (now surpassed, with 21,384 metres drilled in 2021) to grow and infill the Chipriona deposit and investigate other near-surface sulphide and oxide targets.

Regional exploration around the La India mine continues to generate targets displaying polymetallic sulphide style of mineralization, including: La Dulzura, 3 de Mayo, Ramona and Pinos.  Exploration is also ongoing around the Tarachi deposit and on the recently acquired Ostimuri concession (currently under registration transfer) adjacent to the north of the La India North zone to identify new drill targets.

Santa Gertrudis – Exploration Program Extends Mineralized Structures at the Amelia, El Toro and Santa Teresa Zones; Proof of Concept Drilling Discovers High-Grade Sulphide Structure at Centauro Zone

Agnico Eagle acquired its 100% interest in the Santa Gertrudis gold property in November 2017.  The 44,145-hectare property is located approximately 180 kilometres north of Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico.

The property was the site of historic heap-leach operations that produced approximately 565,000 ounces of gold at a grade of 2.1 g/t gold between 1991 and 2000.  The property has substantial surface infrastructure, including pre-stripped pits, haul roads, water sources and several buildings.

Exploration is ongoing at Santa Gertrudis with $11 million budgeted for 30,000 metres of drilling in 2021, focused on expanding the mineral resources, testing new targets and continuing metallurgical studies.  The mineral resource estimate for the project is expected to be updated for the year-end of 2021.

During the third quarter of 2021, drilling at Santa Gertrudis totaled 15,606 metres in 27 holes focused on advancing the Amelia, Santa Teresa, El Toro, Centauro, Bertha and other zones.  The year-to-date drilling program totaled 43,298 metres in 96 holes, as the drill program was expanded following positive results.

Selected recent drill results from the Santa Gertrudis project are set out in the table, local geology map and composite longitudinal section below.  Drill hole collar coordinates are set out in the Appendix.

Selected recent exploration drill results from the Amelia, Santa Teresa, El Toro and Centauro zones at the Santa Gertrudis project

Drill hole

Area

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)*

SGE21-468

Centauro

379.7

385.5

2176

5.5

2.4

2.4

3

3

SGE21-469

Santa Teresa

15.0

26.0

10

10.2

1.3

1.3

1

1

SGE21-473

Santa Teresa

74.6

78.0

73

3.0

3.6

3.6

30

30

SGE21-477

Centauro

299.0

320.0

252

15.0

6.6

5.8

9

9

including

Centauro

309.5

315.0

255

3.9

18.2

14.9

14

14

and

Centauro

342.0

349.0

279

5.8

19.4

15.1

13

13

SGE21-488

Bertha

167.0

171.0

120

4.0

6.3

6.3

2

2

and

Bertha

289.5

292.5

207

3.0

17.5

17.4

6

6

SGE21-491

Amelia

700.0

704.0

617

3.4

4.6

4.6

5

5

and

Amelia

739.9

744.1

649

4.2

3.6

3.6

18

18

and

Amelia

789.7

793.0

680

2.8

10.2

10.2

8

8

SGE21-496

Amelia

674.2

678.0

557

3.7

4.1

4.1

8

8

SGE21-502

Amelia

766.8

782.5

740

12.8

5.1

4.5

13

13

SGE21-506

El Toro

358.9

364.8

309

3.9

2.7

2.7

59

59

SGE21-512

El Toro

197.0

201.0

199

3.0

2.5

2.5

2

2


*Holes use a capping factor of 25 g/t gold and 1,000 g/t silver.  The cut-off grade used for these intervals is 0.3 g/t gold in oxide material and 1.0 g/t gold in sulphide material.

[Santa Gertrudis Project – Local Geology Map]

[Santa Gertrudis Project – Amelia Composite Longitudinal Section]

As at December 31, 2020, the Amelia deposit is the only zone with underground mineral resources at the Santa Gertrudis project.

The drilling campaign in 2021 at Amelia continues to delineate and expand the deposit.  Hole SGE21-491 encountered multiple parallel structures where extensions of the mineral resources were projected: 4.6 g/t gold and 5 g/t silver over 3.4 metres at 617 metres depth, 3.6 g/t gold and 18 g/t silver over 4.2 metres at 649 metres depth and 10.2 g/t gold and 8 g/t silver over 2.8 metres at 680 metres depth.

Hole SGE21-502 encountered the projection of one of the high-grade gold mineralized structures approximately 300 metres below previously known mineralization, intersecting 4.5 g/t gold and 13 g/t silver over 12.8 metres at 740 metres depth.  Located 208 metres west from hole SGE21-502, hole SGE21-496 intersected 4.1 g/t gold and 8 g/t silver over 3.7 metres at 557 metres depth, demonstrating that the high-grade mineralization remains open to the west.

The drilling program at Amelia for the remainder of 2021 will continue to explore the ore-shoot extension at depth for additional high-grade mineral resources.

At the Santa Teresa Zone located 3.2 kilometres south of the Amelia deposit, exploration drilling continues to intersect shallow oxide mineralization to the east of previously reported results, extending the strike length of the known mineralized structures from 600 metres to 1,200 metres.  Hole SGE21-473 intersected 3.6 g/t gold and 30 g/t silver over 3.0 metres at 73 metres depth.  Located 221 metres southwest of hole SGE20-473, hole SGE21-469 intersected 1.3 g/t gold and 1 g/t silver over 10.2 metres at 10 metres depth.

Exploration success at the Santa Teresa target is expected to lead to an initial mineral resource estimation of the zone at year-end.  Exploration drilling for additional oxide mineralization will continue along the horizon hosting Santa Teresa as the zone remains open along strike in both directions.  Drilling is expected to be initiated soon to test for additional shallow oxide mineralization into the Santo Niño and Veronica targets.

Approximately 3.3 kilometres southeast of the Santa Teresa Trend in the Central Trend (hosting the El Toro, Becerros, Dora, Centauro and Bertha zones), drilling continues to return positive results that are expanding the known mineralized zones.  In the El Toro Zone, hole SGE21-506 intersected 2.7 g/t gold and 59 g/t silver over 3.9 metres at 309 metres depth.  In the Bertha Zone, hole SGE21-488, located 807 metres from hole SGE21-506, intersected 6.3 g/t gold and 2 g/t silver over 4.0 metres at 120 metres depth and 17.4 g/t gold and 6 g/t silver over 3.0 metres at 207 metres depth.

Drilling at the Centauro Zone has resulted in the discovery of significant high-grade sulphide structures.  Located 777 metres from hole SGE21-488, hole SGE21-477 intersected 5.8 g/t gold and 9 g/t silver over 15.0 metres at 252 metres depth, including 14.9 g/t gold and 14 g/t silver over 3.9 metres at 255 metres depth and 15.1 g/t gold and 13 g/t silver over 5.8 metres at 279 metres depth.

The Company is currently looking to initiate an infill drilling program to convert the oxide mineral resources into mineral reserves. 

Regional exploration at Santa Gertrudis in 2021 has generated multiple new targets such as La Leona, Santo Niño, Veronica, Mirna and Cieneguita that will be progressively drill tested moving forward.

About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company, producing precious metals from operations in Canada, Finland and Mexico. It has a pipeline of high-quality exploration and development projects in these countries as well as in the United States and Colombia. Agnico Eagle is a partner of choice within the mining industry, recognized globally for its leading environmental, social and governance practices.  The Company was founded in 1957 and has consistently created value for its shareholders, declaring a cash dividend every year since 1983.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release has been prepared as at November 2, 2021.  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".  All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address circumstances, events, activities or developments that could, or may or will occur are 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: statements regarding anticipated future exploration; the estimated timing and conclusions of technical studies and evaluations; the methods by which ore will be extracted or processed; statements concerning the Company's expansion plans at Kittila, and the Odyssey project, including the timing, funding, completion and commissioning thereof and production therefrom; statements about the Company's plans at the Hope Bay mine; statements concerning projected exploration, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; statements regarding timing and amounts of expenditures; estimates of future mineral reserves and mineral resources; statements regarding 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; the effect of drill results and other factors on future mineral reserves and mineral resources; and 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, 2020 filed with Canadian securities regulators and that are included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2020 ("Form 40-F") filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") as well as: that governments, the Company or others do not take additional measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise that, individually or in the aggregate, materially affect the Company's ability to operate its business; that cautionary measures taken in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic do not affect productivity; that measures taken relating to, or other effects of, the COVID-19 pandemic do not affect the Company's ability to obtain necessary supplies and deliver them to its mine sites and exploration sites; that there are no significant disruptions affecting operations; that production, permitting, development, expansion and the ramp up of operations 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 seismic activity at the Company's operations at LaRonde, Goldex and other properties is as expected by the Company; 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 extent and manner to which COVID-19, and measures taken by governments, the Company or others to attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, may affect the Company, whether directly or through effects on employee health, workforce productivity and availability (including the ability to transport personnel to the Meadowbank Complex, Meliadine mine and the Hope Bay mine which operate as fly-in/fly-out camps), travel restrictions, contractor availability, supply availability, ability to sell or deliver gold doré bars or concentrate, availability of insurance and the cost thereof, the ability to procure inputs required for the Company's operations and projects or other aspects of the Company's business; uncertainties with respect to the effect on the global economy associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, any of which could negatively affect financial markets, including the trading price of the Company's shares and the price of gold, and could adversely affect the Company's ability to raise capital; 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; seismic activity at the Company's operations, including the LaRonde Complex and Goldex mine; mining risks; community protests, including by First Nations groups; risks associated with foreign operations; 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

The mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates contained in this news release have been prepared in accordance with the Canadian Securities Administrators' NI 43-101.  These standards are similar to those used by SEC Industry Guide No. 7, as interpreted by the SEC staff.  However, the definitions in NI 43-101 differ in certain respects from those under SEC Industry Guide 7.  Accordingly, mineral reserve and mineral resource information contained in this news release may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by United States companies.  Under the SEC's Industry Guide 7, 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.

For United States reporting purposes, the SEC has adopted amendments to its disclosure rules (the "SEC Modernization Rules") to modernize the mining property disclosure requirements for issuers whose securities are registered with the SEC under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), which became effective February 25, 2019.  The SEC Modernization Rules more closely align the SEC's disclosure requirements and policies for mining properties with current industry and global regulatory practices and standards, including NI 43-101, and replace the historical property disclosure requirements for mining registrants that were included in SEC Industry Guide 7.  Issuers must begin to comply with the SEC Modernization Rules in their first fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, though Canadian issuers that report in the United States using the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System ("MJDS") may still use NI 43-101 rather than the SEC Modernization Rules when using the SEC's MJDS registration statement and annual report forms.

As a result of the adoption of the SEC Modernization Rules, the SEC now recognizes estimates of "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred mineral resources."  In addition, the SEC has amended definitions of "proven mineral reserves" and "probable mineral reserves" in the SEC Modernization Rules, with definitions that are substantially similar to those used in NI 43-101.

United States investors are cautioned that while the SEC now recognizes "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred mineral resources", investors should not assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into a higher category of mineral resources or into mineral reserves.  These terms have a great amount of uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility.  Under Canadian regulations, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in limited circumstances.  Investors are cautioned not to assume that any "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources", or "inferred mineral resources" that the Company reports in this news release are or will be economically or legally mineable.

Further, "inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility.  It cannot be assumed that any part or all of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category.

The mineral reserve and mineral resource data set out in this news release are estimates, and no assurance can be given that the anticipated tonnages and grades will be achieved or that the indicated level of recovery will be realized.  The Company does not include equivalent gold ounces for by-product metals contained in mineral reserves in its calculation of contained ounces and mineral reserves are not reported as a subset of mineral resources.

Scientific and Technical Information

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release related to exploration activities has been approved by Guy Gosselin, Eng. and P.Geo., Senior Vice-President, Exploration, who 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 Dyane Duquette, P.Geo., Corporate Director, Reserves Development of the Company; relating to mineral reserves and mineral resources at the Canadian Malartic mine and other Partnership projects such as the Odyssey project, has been approved by Sylvie Lampron, Eng., Senior Project Mine Engineer at Canadian Malartic Corporation (for engineering) and Pascal Lehouiller, P.Geo., Senior Resource Geologist at Canadian Malartic Corporation (for geology), each of whom is a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

Note Regarding Drill Results Tables

The pierce points for the drill results in this news release are shown on accompanying composite longitudinal sections.  When the drill results for a project are not displayed graphically in three dimensions in this news release, the drill collar coordinates for each hole are set out in a table in the Appendix.  Intercepts reported show uncapped and capped grades when appropriate over estimated true widths, based on geological interpretation that is being updated as new information becomes available with further drilling.

APPENDIX

Detailed Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource at December 31, 2020




MINERAL RESERVES




As of December 31, 2020

OPERATION

PROVEN

PROBABLE

PROVEN & PROBABLE

GOLD

Mining Method

Ownership

000
Tonnes

g/t

000
Oz Au

000
Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz
Au

000
Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz
Au

LaRonde

Underground

100%

4,338

5.11

712

10,828

6.53

2,272

15,166

6.12

2,984

LaRonde Zone 5

Underground

100%

5,155

2.09

346

6,601

2.08

442

11,756

2.08

788

LaRonde Complex Total

9,493

3.47

1,058

17,429

4.84

2,713

26,922

4.36

3,772

Canadian Malartic

Open Pit

50%

25,370

0.85

696

36,068

1.31

1,518

61,438

1.12

2,214

Goldex

Underground

100%

942

2.45

74

21,179

1.53

1,040

22,121

1.57

1,115

Akasaba West

Open Pit

100%

-


-

5,413

0.85

147

5,413

0.85

147

Amaruq

Open Pit

100%

950

2.06

63

18,920

3.72

2,261

19,870

3.64

2,324

Amaruq

Underground

100%

-


-

3,316

5.29

564

3,316

5.29

564

Amaruq Total



950

2.06

63

22,236

3.95

2,825

23,186

3.87

2,888

Meadowbank

Open Pit

100%

34

2.34

3

-


-

34

2.34

3

Meadowbank Complex Total

983

2.07

65

22,236

3.95

2,825

23,220

3.87

2,891

Meliadine

Open Pit

100%

181

4.10

24

5,460

4.70

826

5,640

4.68

850

Meliadine

Underground

100%

1,288

7.28

301

14,342

6.23

2,874

15,629

6.32

3,175

Meliadine Total

1,468

6.89

325

19,801

5.81

3,700

21,270

5.89

4,025

Upper Beaver

Underground

100%

-


-

7,992

5.43

1,395

7,992

5.43

1,395

Hammond Reef

Open Pit

100%

-


-

123,473

0.84

3,323

123,473

0.84

3,323

Kittila

Underground

100%

2,999

4.23

408

27,434

4.15

3,659

30,433

4.16

4,067

Pinos Altos

Open Pit

100%

62

0.88

2

3,605

1.26

146

3,667

1.25

148

Pinos Altos

Underground

100%

2,691

2.21

191

7,105

2.36

539

9,796

2.32

731

Pinos Altos Total

2,753

2.18

193

10,710

1.99

685

13,463

2.03

878

La India

Open Pit

100%

89

0.35

1

11,939

0.66

255

12,029

0.66

256

Totals



44,098

1.99

2,821

303,675

2.18

21,261

347,773

2.15

24,082













SILVER

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

LaRonde

Underground

100%

4,338

15.59

2,173

10,828

18.81

6,548

15,166

17.89

8,722

Pinos Altos

Open Pit

100%

62

13.24

27

3,605

33.68

3,904

3,667

33.34

3,931

Pinos Altos

Underground

100%

2,691

54.31

4,698

7,105

49.28

11,257

9,796

50.66

15,956

Pinos Altos Total

subtotal


2,753

53.38

4,725

10,710

44.03

15,162

13,463

45.94

19,886

La India

Open Pit

100%

89

1.38

4

11,939

3.01

1,155

12,029

3.00

1,159

Totals



7,180

29.90

6,902

33,478

21.24

22,865

40,658

22.77

29,767













COPPER

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Cu

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Cu

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Cu

LaRonde

Underground

100%

4,338

0.21

9,291

10,828

0.28

29,826

15,166

0.26

39,117

Akasaba West

Open Pit

100%

-


-

5,413

0.48

25,891

5,413

0.48

25,891

Upper Beaver

Underground

100%

-


-

7,992

0.25

19,980

7,992

0.25

19,980

Totals



4,338

0.21

9,291

24,233

0.31

75,696

28,571

0.30

84,987













ZINC

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Zn

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Zn

000 Tonnes

%

tonnes Zn

LaRonde

Underground

100%

4,338

0.53

22,894

10,828

0.85

92,560

15,166

0.76

115,454

Totals



4,338

0.53

22,894

10,828

0.85

92,560

15,166

0.76

115,454

 




MINERAL RESOURCES - As of December 31, 2020

OPERATION

MEASURED

INDICATED

MEASURED & INDICATED

INFERRED

GOLD

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Au

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Au

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Au

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Au

LaRonde

Underground

100%

-


-

4,904

3.55

560

4,904

3.55

560

6,369

4.54

931

LaRonde Zone 5

Underground

100%

-


-

12,218

1.98

776

12,218

1.98

776

15,130

2.88

1,399

LaRonde Complex Total

-


-

17,122

2.43

1,336

17,122

2.43

1,336

21,499

3.37

2,330

Canadian Malartic

Open Pit

50%

149

0.55

3

538

0.59

10

686

0.58

13

3,532

0.74

85

Canadian Malartic

Underground

50%

-


-

2,028

1.42

92

2,028

1.42

92

156

1.52

8

Canadian Malartic Total

149

0.55

3

2,566

1.24

103

2,715

1.21

105

3,688

0.78

92

Odyssey

Underground

50%

-


-

1,000

1.90

61

1,000

1.90

61

13,853

2.05

913

East Malartic

Underground

50%

-


-

5,658

2.03

368

5,658

2.03

368

43,444

1.91

2,669

East Gouldie

Underground

50%

-


-

-


-

-


-

31,469

3.17

3,209

Goldex

Underground

100%

12,360

1.86

739

19,247

1.53

944

31,607

1.66

1,683

24,812

1.49

1,191

Akasaba West

Open Pit

100%

-


-

4,870

0.63

98

4,870

0.63

98

-


-

Zulapa

Open Pit

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

391

3.14

39

Meadowbank

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,145

2.46

90

1,145

2.46

90

4

2.06

0

Amaruq

Open Pit

100%

-


-

7,022

2.53

570

7,022

2.53

570

886

2.65

75

Amaruq

Underground

100%

-


-

6,571

4.28

904

6,571

4.28

904

7,924

4.70

1,198

Amaruq Total

-


-

13,593

3.37

1,474

13,593

3.37

1,474

8,810

4.50

1,273

Meadowbank Complex Total


-


-

14,738

3.30

1,564

14,738

3.30

1,564

8,814

4.49

1,274

Meliadine

Open Pit

100%

-


-

6,917

3.00

668

6,917

3.00

668

816

4.23

111

Meliadine

Underground

100%

81

3.66

10

11,779

3.83

1,452

11,860

3.83

1,461

11,451

5.94

2,186

Meliadine Total

81

3.66

10

18,697

3.53

2,120

18,777

3.53

2,129

12,267

5.82

2,297

Hammond Reef

Open Pit

100%

47,063

0.54

819

86,304

0.53

1,478

133,367

0.54

2,298

-


-

Upper Beaver

Underground

100%

-


-

3,636

3.45

403

3,636

3.45

403

8,688

5.07

1,416

AK Project

Underground

100%

-


-

1,268

6.51

265

1,268

6.51

265

2,373

5.32

406

Anoki-McBean

Underground

100%

-


-

1,868

5.33

320

1,868

5.33

320

2,526

4.70

382

Upper Canada

Open Pit

100%

-


-

2,006

1.62

104

2,006

1.62

104

1,020

1.44

47

Upper Canada

Underground

100%

-


-

8,433

2.28

618

8,433

2.28

618

17,588

3.21

1,816

Upper Canada Total

-


-

10,439

2.15

722

10,439

2.15

722

18,608

3.11

1,863

Kittila

Open Pit

100%

-


-

229

3.41

25

229

3.41

25

373

3.89

47

Kittila

Underground

100%

4,748

2.44

372

17,999

2.51

1,452

22,747

2.49

1,824

11,620

3.77

1,408

Kittila Total

4,748

2.44

372

18,228

2.52

1,477

22,976

2.50

1,849

11,993

3.77

1,454

Kuotko

Open Pit

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

284

3.18

29

Kylmäkangas

Underground

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

1,896

4.11

250

Barsele

Open Pit

55%

-


-

3,178

1.08

111

3,178

1.08

111

2,260

1.25

91

Barsele

Underground

55%

-


-

1,158

1.77

66

1,158

1.77

66

13,552

2.10

914

Barsele Total

-


-

4,335

1.27

176

4,335

1.27

176

15,811

1.98

1,005

Pinos Altos

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,734

0.81

45

1,734

0.81

45

468

1.18

18

Pinos Altos

Underground

100%

-


-

15,701

1.66

837

15,701

1.66

837

3,090

1.86

185

Pinos Altos Total

-


-

17,436

1.57

882

17,436

1.57

882

3,558

1.77

203

La India

Open Pit

100%

9,781

0.87

274

1,309

0.73

31

11,091

0.85

305

419

0.55

7

Tarachi

Open Pit

100%

-


-

22,665

0.40

294

22,665

0.40

294

6,476

0.33

68

Chipriona

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,266

1.08

44

1,266

1.08

44

12,799

0.68

278

El Barqueño Gold

Open Pit

100%

-


-

8,834

1.16

331

8,834

1.16

331

9,628

1.13

351

Santa Gertrudis

Open Pit

100%

-


-

5,778

0.60

111

5,778

0.60

111

19,691

1.18

746

Santa Gertrudis

Underground

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

7,980

3.43

879

Santa Gertrudis Total

-


-

5,778

0.60

111

5,778

0.60

111

27,671

1.83

1,625

Totals



74,182

0.93

2,216

267,264

1.53

13,130

341,446

1.40

15,346

282,965

2.57

23,351
















SILVER

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

000 Tonnes

g/t

000 Oz Ag

LaRonde

Underground

100%

-


-

4,904

21.39

3,372

4,904

21.39

3,372

6,369

23.98

4,911

Kylmäkangas

Underground

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

1,896

31.11

1,896

Pinos Altos

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,734

16.45

917

1,734

16.45

917

468

42.00

632

Pinos Altos

Underground

100%

-


-

15,701

44.18

22,303

15,701

44.18

22,303

3,090

50.41

5,008

Pinos Altos Total

-


-

17,436

41.42

23,221

17,436

41.42

23,221

3,558

49.31

5,640

La India

Open Pit

100%

9,781

5.37

1,690

1,309

4.04

170

11,091

5.22

1,860

419

3.09

42

Chipriona

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,266

49.81

2,028

1,266

49.81

2,028

12,799

75.59

31,104

El Barqueño Silver

Open Pit

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

4,393

124.06

17,523

El Barqueño Gold

Open Pit

100%

-


-

8,834

4.73

1,343

8,834

4.73

1,343

9,628

16.86

5,218

Santa Gertrudis

Open Pit

100%

-


-

5,778

4.39

816

5,778

4.39

816

19,691

1.90

1,200

Santa Gertrudis

Underground

100%

-


-

-


-

-


-

7,980

25.39

6,515

Santa Gertrudis Total

-


-

-


-

-


-

27,671

8.67

7,715

Totals



9,781

5.37

1,690

39,528

24.35

30,950

49,309

20.59

32,640

66,733

34.51

74,050
















COPPER

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Cu

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Cu

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Cu

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Cu

LaRonde

Underground

100%

-


-

4,904

0.13

6,371

4,904

0.13

6,371

6,369

0.27

17,352

Akasaba West

Open Pit

100%

-


-

4,870

0.37

18,246

4,870

0.37

18,246

-


-

Upper Beaver

Underground

100%

-


-

3,636

0.14

5,135

3,636

0.14

5,135

8,688

0.20

17,284

Chipriona

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,266

0.03

404

1,266

0.03

404

12,799

0.13

16,670

El Barqueño Gold

Open Pit

100%

-


-

8,834

0.19

16,400

8,834

0.19

16,400

9,628

0.22

21,152

Totals



-


-

23,511

0.20

46,555

23,511

0.20

46,555

37,484

0.19

72,458
















ZINC

Mining Method

Ownership

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Zn

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Zn

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Zn

000 Tonnes

%

Tonnes Zn

LaRonde

Underground

100%

-


-

4,904

0.81

39,560

4,904

0.81

39,560

6,369

1.96

124,660

Chipriona

Open Pit

100%

-


-

1,266

1.31

16,569

1,266

1.31

16,569

12,799

0.81

103,906

Totals

-


-

6,171

0.91

56,129

6,171

0.91

56,129

19,168

1.19

228,566

Mineral reserves are not a subset of mineral resources.  Tonnage amounts and contained metal amounts set out in this table have been rounded to the nearest thousand, so aggregate amounts may differ from column totals.  Mineral reserves are in-situ, taking into account all mining recoveries, before mill or heap leach recoveries.

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 uses price assumptions that are below the three-year averages.

Assumptions used for the December 31, 2020 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

Operations and projects

$1,250

$17

$2.75

$1.00

$1.30

MXP18.00

EUR1.15

Hammond Reef

$1,350

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$1.30

Not applicable

Not applicable

Upper Beaver

$1,200

Not applicable

$2.75

Not applicable

$1.25

Not applicable

Not applicable

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.

Historical Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource at Hope Bay

The Hope Bay Project has been subject to a significant amount of diamond drilling both by TMAC and previous operators.  A NI 43-101 technical report filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) by TMAC on March 30, 2020, titled "NI 43-101 Technical Report On The Hope Bay Property, Nunavut, Canada" set out estimated mineral reserves and mineral resources at Hope Bay.  While the Company reviewed this historical estimate as part of its due diligence investigation of TMAC and believes it to be relevant and reliable, a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves and the Company is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.  TMAC's technical report contained measured mineral resources of 0.48 million ounces of gold (1.6 million tonnes grading 9.5 g/t gold) and indicated mineral resources of 4.69 million ounces (20.2 million tonnes grading 7.2 g/t gold).  Contained within the measured and indicated mineral resources were proven mineral reserves of 0.01 million ounces (0.1 million tonnes grading 4.1 g/t gold) and probable mineral reserves of 3.53 million ounces (16.8 million tonnes at 6.5 g/t gold).  In addition, there was also inferred mineral resources of 2.13 million ounces (10.9 million tonnes at 6.1 g/t gold).  The mineral reserve estimate above was prepared using an average long-term gold price of US$1,325 per ounce, a C$/US$ exchange rate of 1.34 and a cut-off grade of 4.0 g/t gold for longhole stopes, 3.0 g/t gold for incremental development ore required for mining and 2.0 g/t gold for the Madrid North crown pillar surface mining.  The mineral resource estimate above was prepared using an average long-term gold price of US$1,500 per ounce, a C$/US$ exchange rate of 1.34 and a block cut-off grade of 3.5 g/t gold.

Additional Information

Additional information about each of the Company's material mineral projects including information regarding data verification, key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and mineral resources and the risks that could materially affect the development of the mineral reserves and mineral resources required by sections 3.2 and 3.3 and paragraphs 3.4(a), (c) and (d) of NI 43-101 can be found in the Company's AIF and MD&A filed on SEDAR each of which forms a part of the Company's Form 40-F filed with the SEC on EDGAR and in the following technical reports filed on SEDAR in respect of the Company's material mineral properties: 2005 LaRonde Mineral Resource & Mineral Reserve Estimate Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. LaRonde Division (March 23, 2005); NI 43-101 Technical Report Canadian Malartic Mine, Québec, Canada (March 25, 2021); Technical Report on the December 31, 2009, Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimate and the Suuri Extension Project, Kittila Mine, Finland (March 4, 2010); Technical Report on the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves at Meadowbank Gold Complex including the Amaruq Satellite Mine Development, Nunavut, Canada as at December 31, 2017 (February 14, 2018); and the Updated Technical Report on the Meliadine Gold Project, Nunavut, Canada (February 11, 2015).

EXPLORATION DRILL HOLE COLLAR COORDINATES

LaRonde

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

LR-284-01

690506

5347184

250

196

-37

637

LR-317-04

690149

5347040

219

171

-38

638

BZ-2021-001

687178

5347100

310

357

-63

740

BZ-2021-002

687178

5347100

310

1

-59

702

BZ-2021-003

687179

5347100

310

9

-65

759

*Coordinate System NAD 83 UTM Zone 17N

 

CMC East Amphi

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

EA21-4196

711650

5336567

325

12

-57

615

EA21-4197

711500

5336652

322

23

-63

685

*Coordinate System NAD 83 UTM Zone 17N

 

Kirkland Lake

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

KLUC21-295E

587467

5332903

332

348

-51

762

*Coordinate System NAD 83 UTM Zone 17N

 

Meliadine

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

M20-3185

540529

6988087

101

183

-59

190

M21-3285

540625

6988087

101

182

-57

276

ML250-9325-D4

539325

6988354

98

170

-7

177

M21-3276-W1C

539779

6988948

101

188

-79

744

M21-2933

538690

6989285

101

202

-76

1005

M20-2966

540485

6988140

101

177

-62

342

M20-2967

540540

6988165

101

178

-56

285

M21-3270

552407

6982720

67

196

-47

186

M21-3290

552469

6982765

66

197

-47

248

M21-3285

540625

6988087

101

182

-57

276

M21-3287

540595

6988052

101

182

-54

234

M21-3306

535434

6989489

101

198

-68

660

M425-156-F1

539858

6988517

968

359

-3

85

7001-21-028

627073

7222682

131

310

-47

150

7001-21-031

627204

7222710

136

312

-49

228

*Coordinate System NAD 1983 UTM Zone 14

Meadowbank

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

AMQ21-2565

607275

7255758

51

324

-63

393

AMQ21-2579A

607345

7255750

52

340

-66

507

AMQ21-2608

607298

7255771

52

319

-51

387

AMQ21-2657

607250

7255668

52

324

-62

479

AMQ21-2662

607531

7255682

52

317

-60

627

AMQ21-2562

605651

7254936

52

340

-46

402

AMQ21-2603

605371

7254716

52

314

-59

372

AMQ21-2615

605062

7255005

52

142

-47

498

7001-21-028

627073

7222682

131

310.4

-47

150

7001-21-031

627204

7222710

136

312.2

-49

228

*Coordinate System NAD 1983 UTM Zone 14  

 

Hope Bay

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

DBE21-50344

433955

7560277

-342

95

26

204

DBE21-50381

433955

7560277

-342

80

27

207

DBE21-50408

433955

7560277

-341

93

30

213

DBE21-50410

433955

7560277

-341

87

31

212

DBE21-50411

433955

7560277

-341

80

32

211

DBE21-50469

433954

7560278

-340

87

31

196

DCN21-50284

433743

7557805

-227

89

-30

112

DCN21-50384

433741

7557791

-228

107

-50

73

DCN21-50385A

433742

7557792

-228

87

-55

62

DCN21-50413

433814

7557626

-216

62

13

75

DCN21-50417

433814

7557624

-217

110

-8

74

DCN21-50418

433814

7557624

-216

110

19

75

DCN21-50419

433814

7557625

-214

102

36

84

DCN21-50420

433814

7557626

-218

65

-30

76

DCN21-50422

433814

7557625

-214

80

39

87

DCN21-50441

433741

7557791

-228

120

-51

68

DCN21-50446

433742

7557791

-225

94

27

160

DCN21-50474

433781

7557642

-199

87

-13

110

DCN21-50475

433781

7557642

-199

90

2

106

DCN21-50487

433785

7557691

-197

92

35

12

DCN21-50488

433785

7557691

-198

92

14

99

DCN21-50664

433791

7557713

-198

75

-10

82

DCN21-50665

433791

7557713

-197

73

15

91

DCN21-50666

433791

7557713

-196

72

37

87

HBM21-002

433038

7550586

60

149

-53

248

HBM21-003

433100

7550738

53

196

-64

470

HBM21-007

433051

7550627

60

153

-58

261

HBM21-007A

433051

7550627

60

153

-63

380

HBM21-008

433051

7550627

60

153

-54

367

HBM21-010

433381

7550984

63

90

-63

386

HBM21-015

433099

7550827

65

172

-71

664

HBM21-023

433381

7550984

63

90

-51

347

HBM21-024

433366

7550943

60

90

-57

371

NWS21-80075

433235

7550522

41

154

-45

283

NWS21-80083

433080

7550517

43

184

-74

246

*Coordinate System NAD 1983 UTM Zone 13N

 

Kittila

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

RIE21700B

2558645

7538639

-778

90

-75

1254

RIE21601

2558715

7539010

-831

82

-30

420

ROD21701

2558696

7537319

-787

89

-50

786

ROD21702

2558695

7537319

-787

90

-57

993

ROD21751C

2558692

7537954

-777

90

-60

704

ROD21751E

2558692

7537954

-777

90

-60

769

*Finnish Coordinate System KKJ Zone 2

 

Pinos Altos

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

CBUG21-145

758062

3136608

1,228

52

25

270

CBUG21-146

758016

3136625

1,229

50

34

327

CBUG21-148

757969

3136642

1,231

50

40

378

CBUG21-153

757908

3136664

1,231

50

27

360

UG21-212

763523

3130613

1649

222

-23

171

UG21-213

763523

3130613

1648

222

-35

204

UG21-215

763866

3130255

1550

180

-45

113

UG21-216

763722

3130339

1553

180

-52

99

UG21-221

763667

3130478

1559

199

-50

258

*Coordinate System UTM NAD 27

 

La India

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM North

UTM East

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

CHP21-045

706450

3180984

1588

225

-45

120

CHP21-048

706602

3181318

1529

270

-55

171

CHP21-049

706628

3181245

1551

270

-60

180

CHP21-056

706625

3180915

1660

225

-45

273

CHP21-057

706595

3180782

1626

225

-45

132

CHP21-058

707097

3180472

1539

225

-45

201

CHP21-059

707209

3180259

1554

220

-50

201

CHP21-060

707075

3180373

1566

225

-45

120

CHP21-061

706769

3180670

1550

225

-45

250

INMRC21-2479

706535

3176046

1653

90

-65

150

INMRC21-2509

706428

3176148

1653

90

-50

145

*Coordinate System UTM WGS84 12N

 

Santa Gertrudis

Drill hole collar coordinates*

Drill hole

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation (metres above sea level)

Azimuth (degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length (metres)

SGE21-468

544055

3388010

1,388

62

-50

501

SGE21-469

540797

3389936

1,153

135

-60

201

SGE21-473

540613

3390059

1,137

135

-50

264

SGE21-477

544515

3388199

1,405

40

-50

369

SGE21-488

543826

3388559

1,401

200

-50

402

SGE21-491

542343

3393033

1,295

180

-58

1,038

SGE21-496

542152

3392949

1,239

180

-50

801

SGE21-502

542343

3393033

1,295

180

-68

912

SGE21-506

543909

3389360

1,435

220

-65

585

SGE21-512

543734

3389498

1,406

215

-60

600

*Coordinate System UTM WGS84 12N

 

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