Stock Symbol:      AEM (NYSE and TSX)

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

TORONTO, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) (TSX: AEM) ("Agnico Eagle" or the "Company") today reported financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2022.

First quarter of 2022 highlights:

  • Solid quarterly production and costs despite COVID-19 challenges – Payable gold production1 in the first quarter of 2022 was 660,604 ounces at production costs per ounce of $1,002, total cash costs per ounce2 of $811 and all-in sustaining costs ("AISC") per ounce3 of $1,079. These results include a full quarter of production from the Agnico Eagle mines and 52 days of production from the legacy Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. ("Kirkland Lake Gold") mines (Detour Lake, Macassa and Fosterville) reflecting the period after the closing of the merger between Agnico Eagle and Kirkland Lake Gold on February 8, 2022 (the "Merger"). Including a full quarter of production from the legacy Kirkland Lake Gold mines, total payable gold production in the first quarter of 2022 was 806,329 ounces with total cash costs per ounce approximately in line with the mid-point of 2022 total cash cost guidance announced in February 2022
  • Several key cornerstone assets delivered strong operational performance in the first quarter of 2022 – The LaRonde Complex and the Detour Lake and Fosterville mines all encountered higher grades which resulted in better than expected gold production and costs. At LaRonde, production was 105,037 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $560. In the post-Merger period, Detour Lake produced 100,443 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $600, while Fosterville produced 81,827 ounces of gold at total cash costs per ounce of $309. The strong operational performance in the first quarter of 2022 puts these mines in a good position to deliver on 2022 guidance forecasts
  • COVID-19 challenges seen in late 2021 and early 2022 appear to be moderating – Most of the Company's operations were affected by COVID-19 over the past few months, but production levels and costs in the first quarter of 2022 were generally in line with forecasts. All sites are still maintaining active protocols but risks now appear to be more manageable and the situation improved through the quarter. As a result, the Company began the reintegration of its Nunavummiut workforce (which had been sent home in December 2021) in mid-March, after consultation with the Nunavut Government and other local stakeholders. The reintegration was completed in early April 2022
  • Gold production, cost and capital expenditure guidance reiterated for 2022 – Expected payable gold production in 2022 remains unchanged at approximately 3.2 to 3.4 million ounces with total cash costs per ounce expected to be between $725 and $775 and AISC per ounce expected to be between $1,000 and $1,050. Total capital expenditures (excluding capitalized exploration) for 2022 are still estimated to be approximately $1.4 billion. Guidance for 2022 includes production, costs and capital for the period commencing January 1, 2022 for the Detour Lake, Macassa and Fosterville mines
  • Inflationary cost environment continues to evolve – Cost pressures were relatively minor in the first quarter of 2022, largely due to cost savings initiatives, long-term agreements with local suppliers, existing fuel hedges and the predominantly locally sourced labour force. The inflationary cost environment continues to be dynamic given the changing political landscape and the effects of COVID-19. As such, the Company will continue to monitor and assess any impacts on forecast costs in the coming months as inflation could have more of an effect during the remainder of the year
  • Merger completed February 8, 2022; Focus Now on Delivering Synergies and Maximizing Value Drivers – The Merger with Kirkland Lake Gold was completed on February 8, 2022 and the integration process is gaining momentum. The senior management team has been finalized and is focused on optimizing and leveraging best practices to deliver on corporate and operational synergies and to maximize value drivers:
    • Expected Corporate G&A synergies (before tax) are now expected to be up to $200 million in the first five years (up from previous guidance of $145 million) and up to $400 million over the next ten years (up from previous guidance of $320 million)
    • The estimate for potential operational synergies remains unchanged at approximately $130 million per year ($440 million over five years, $1.1 billion over 10 years). The estimate of strategic opportunities to reduce current and future expenditures as part of the project pipeline also remains unchanged at up to $240 million over five years and $590 million over 10 years. While realization of these benefits will be a multi-year endeavour, encouraging progress was made in the first quarter of 2022
    • Updates on key value drivers are set out below and additional summaries are provided in the operational section of this news release
  • Update on key value drivers
    • Odyssey project – Underground development and surface construction activities remain on schedule and on budget. Inflationary cost pressures remain manageable at this time. From a labour perspective, the Company is successfully building a highly skilled team and the Odyssey project is considered an employer of choice in the Abitibi. Fifteen drills are active on the property, with three underground drills completing infill drilling on the Odyssey South deposit and 12 surface drills focused on infilling and expanding the East Gouldie mineralization. Shaft sinking is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first underground production is expected to commence in the first half of 2023
    • Detour Lake – Mill optimization projects are progressing as planned and drilling continues to intersect mineralization west of the resource pit shells, including 30.9 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold over 16.0 metres at 451 metres depth. Additional mineralization has also been encountered at depth (3.5 g/t over 45.1 metres at 822 metres depth), further supporting the potential for future underground mining. A technical evaluation is underway with the goal of converting a portion of last year's measured and indicated mineral resources into mineral reserves in the second quarter of 2022
    • Kirkland Lake regional update – At the Amalgamated Kirkland ("AK") deposit, the underground ramp from Macassa has been extended by 225 metres and nine drill holes have been completed in the higher-grade portion of the deposit (assays pending). AK ore could complement the feed at the Macassa mill as early as 2024. At Upper Beaver, infill drilling continues to intersect significant mineralization, including 7.4 g/t gold and 0.4% copper over 14.2 metres at 1,582 metres depth. In addition, drilling appears to have encountered a new zone of mineralization 500 metres southeast of the main mineralized zone (assays pending)
    • Hope Bay – Drilling at the Doris deposit has discovered extensions to the known mineralized zones. Deep exploration drilling in the BTD Connector area returned highlights of 23.0 g/t gold over 5.0 metres at 502 metres depth and 9.4 g/t gold over 14.9 metres at 491 metres depth. Additional drills are expected to begin operating in the coming weeks. Exploration is expected to continue through 2023 while a larger production scenario is being evaluated
  • Strong investment grade balance sheet; normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") expected to commence in early May 2022 – On February 9, 2022, Fitch Ratings placed Agnico Eagle's BBB credit rating on a Positive Outlook. At March 31, 2022, the Company's net debt4 totaled $503.7 million. Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company repaid with cash the $125 million 6.77% Series C senior notes at maturity on April 7, 2022. Under the proposed NCIB, the Company intends to purchase up to $500 million of its common shares (up to a maximum of 5% of its issued and outstanding common shares)
  • A quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share has been declared

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1  Payable production of a mineral means the quantity of a mineral produced during a period contained in products that have been or will be sold by the Company whether such products are shipped during the period or held as inventory at the end of the period.
2  Production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are non-GAAP ratios that are not standardized financial measures under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis in this news release.  For the detailed calculation of production costs per ounce and the reconciliation to production costs and for total cash costs on a co-product basis, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".
AISC per ounce is a non-GAAP ratio that is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis in this news release.  For a reconciliation to production costs and for all-in sustaining costs on a co-product basis, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".
4  Net debt is a non-GAAP measure that is not a standardized measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements.  For a reconciliation to long-term debt see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures – Reconciliation of Long-Term Debt to Net Debt".  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".


"I am pleased to report that our newly consolidated operations have performed very well in the first quarter of 2022 despite challenges related to COVID-19.  Supported by strong metal prices, the first quarter generated solid operating cash flow which allowed the Company to continue to deliver on shareholder returns while paying down debt, and investing in our operations and pipeline projects," said Ammar Al-Joundi, Agnico Eagle's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "During the quarter, we made good progress on the integration of the Kirkland Lake Gold management team, workforce and mining operations, and corporate synergies from the merger are now expected to be better than originally expected.  While most of our operations are keeping costs in line with forecast, we do remain cautious as inflation and the global political and economic context has increased pressure on costs and supply chains," added Mr. Al-Joundi.

First Quarter 2022 Financial and Production Results

In the first quarter of 2022, net income was $109.8 million ($0.29 per share).  This result includes the following items (net of tax): a non-cash fair value adjustment on inventory sold during the quarter related to the Merger included in production costs of $78.8 million ($0.20 per share), severance costs of $34.5 million ($0.09 per share), transaction costs relating to the Merger of $31.3 million ($0.08 per share), derivative gains on financial instruments of $16.0 million ($0.04 per share) and various other adjustment gains of $2.8 million ($0.01 per share).  Excluding these items would result in adjusted net income5 of $235.6 million or $0.61 per share for the first quarter of 2022.  For the first quarter of 2021, the Company reported net income of $145.2 million or net income of $0.60 per share.

Included in the first quarter of 2022 net income, and not adjusted above, is a non-cash stock option expense of $6.1 million ($0.02 per share), care and maintenance costs of $6.3 million ($0.02 per share) and workforce costs of employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (primarily Nunavut-based) of $5.2 million ($0.01 per share).

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5  Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are non-GAAP measures that are not standardized financial measures under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements.  For a reconciliation to net income and net income per share see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".


For financial reporting purposes, the Merger has been determined to be a business combination with Agnico Eagle identified as the acquirer.  As a result, the purchase consideration was allocated to the identifiable assets and liabilities of Kirkland Lake Gold based on their fair values as of February 8, 2022 (the "Purchase Price Allocation") and was recorded in the first quarter of 2022.  The finalization of the Purchase Price Allocation will take place within twelve months following the acquisition date.

Upon closing of the Merger, under the Purchase Price Allocation, any gold inventory held by Kirkland Lake Gold on February 8, 2022 was revalued at the forecasted gold price in the period the inventory was expected to be sold.  The revalued inventory subsequently sold during the first quarter of 2022 resulted in additional production costs of approximately $113.7 million ($78.8 million after tax) during the quarter.  Given the extraordinary nature of the fair value adjustment on inventory related to the Merger, this non-cash adjustment, which increased the cost of inventory sold during the quarter, was normalized from net income and net income per share and adjusted out of the total cash costs per ounce and AISC in the first quarter of 2022.

The decrease in net income in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior-year period is primarily due to Merger costs recognized in the quarter, including a fair value adjustment on inventory sold during the quarter (included in production costs) and transaction and severance costs.  In addition, higher exploration and development costs, higher amortization due to the inclusion of the Detour, Macassa and Fosterville mines and higher general and administrative costs contributed to the decrease in net income in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior-year period.  These higher costs were partially offset by higher operating margins6 (higher average realized metal prices and higher sales volumes) and higher gains on derivatives.

In the first quarter of 2022, cash provided by operating activities was $507.4 million ($366.0 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital), compared to the first quarter of 2021 when cash provided by operating activities was $366.6 million ($425.5 million before changes in non-cash components of working capital).  The non-cash fair value adjustment on inventory related to the Merger of $113.7 million was included in production costs and as result included in cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash components of working capital for the first quarter of 2022.  The non-cash fair value adjustment on inventory was then reversed through changes in non-cash components of working capital.

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6  Operating margin is a non-GAAP measure.  For a reconciliation to net income see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".


Excluding the non-cash fair value adjustment on inventory of $113.7 million related to the Merger, cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash components of working capital was $479.7 million in the first quarter of 2022 and increased when compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher realized prices.  The cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash components of working capital of $479.7 million included non-recurring costs related to the Merger of $34.8 million in transaction costs and $46.0 in severance costs.

In the first quarter of 2022, the Company's payable gold production was 660,604 ounces.  Including the entire quarter's production from the legacy Kirkland Lake Gold mines, total gold production in the first quarter of 2022 was 806,329 ounces.  This compares to quarterly payable gold production of 516,804 ounces in the prior-year period.

Gold production in the first quarter of 2022, when compared to the prior-year period, was higher primarily due to the inclusion of the production from the Detour Lake, Macassa and Fosterville mines.  This was partially offset by lower production at the Meadowbank Complex and the Meliadine mine largely due to the reduction of activities at the beginning of the quarter due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 were $1,002, compared to $821 in the prior-year period.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 were $811, compared to $734 in the prior-year period.  Including the entire quarter's production from the Kirkland Lake Gold mines, total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 were approximately in line with the mid-point of the 2022 cost guidance.

In the first quarter of 2022, production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher minesite costs per tonne and lower production at various operations including the Meadowbank Complex and the Meliadine, Kittila and Pinos Altos mines.  Production costs per ounce also increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the fair value adjustment on inventory sold during the quarter as discussed above.  A detailed description of the minesite costs per tonne at each mine is set out below.

AISC per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 were $1,079, compared to $1,007 in the prior-year period.  AISC per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher total cash costs per ounce, partially offset by lower sustaining capital expenditures.7

Integration Process Gaining Momentum; Focus on Maximizing Key Value Drivers

The senior management team has now been finalized and is working at optimizing and leveraging best practices across the Company's combined operations, with a focus on delivering previously announced synergies and maximizing value creation.  With the second quarter of 2022 being the first full quarter of combined operations, the Company expects to add further value in 2022 through increased production and operating cash flow per share.

Key value drivers are listed below with additional details set out in the operational section of this news release.

  • Detour Lake mine – An updated life of mine plan is expected to be included in the second quarter of 2022 news release in July. The Company is also evaluating the potential to expand operations to 32 million tonnes per year and develop an underground mining operation
  • Kirkland Lake region – At Macassa, the focus is on completing Shaft #4 infrastructure and ramping up production. The Company is also evaluating the potential integration of the AK deposit (potential production start in 2024) and the Upper Beaver project with the existing regional infrastructure
  • Odyssey project – The Canadian Malartic GP (the"Partnership remains focused on maintaining the project schedule and budget and finding additional sources of ore to maximize the production profile especially early in the mine life
  • Kittila mine – The key priority is the completion of the shaft project and the potential increase in throughput to 2.35 million tonnes per year
  • Meliadine mine – The Phase 2 expansion to 6,000 tonnes per day ("tpd") is expected to be complete by mid-2024. Exploration efforts are focused on increasing mineral reserves and mineral resources to extend mine life
  • Meadowbank Complex – At Amaruq, the focus remains on optimizing open pit operations and ramping up underground production starting in the second half of 2022
  • Hope Bay project – Exploration activities are ramping up with a primary focus on the Doris, Madrid and Boston deposits. The Company is also evaluating the potential to develop a larger production scenario

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7  Sustaining capital is a non-GAAP measure that is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements.  See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".


2022 Synergy and Optimization Benefits Ahead of Estimates

Work continued in the first quarter of 2022 to realize the previously disclosed synergy and optimization benefit estimates of $800 million before tax over the next five years and $2 billion over the next ten years.  More opportunities were realized in the first quarter of 2022 than expected, with approximately $45 million of synergies achieved to date, $35 million of which are expected to be repeatable on an annual basis.  The Company now expects 2022 Merger-related synergies to be at the top end of the previously disclosed range of $40 million to $60 million.

Corporate General and Administrative ("G&A") Synergies Ahead of Plan

Corporate G&A synergies were the primary driver of realized synergies in the first quarter of 2022 as the Company exceeded its original full-year 2022 estimate of $15-$25 million, and the Company also surpassed the expected annual run rate of $35 million per year earlier than expected.  The Company now anticipates being able to achieve $40 million to $50 million of corporate G&A synergies in future years.

The key components of the realized corporate G&A synergies are:

  • Streamlining of the business resulting in personnel cost savings estimated to be approximately $25 million in 2022, expected to grow to $30 million by 2024
  • Lower finance and insurance costs of approximately $10 million on an ongoing basis
  • Reduction and consolidation of regional office space, resulting in savings of approximately $9 million (a combination of one-time and ongoing)
  • Streamlining of service contracts and the elimination of external service providers resulting in IT savings of $3 million per year

As a result of the success to date, the Company is revising upwards its expected corporate G&A synergies to up to $200 million before tax in the first five years (up from $145 million) and to up to $400 million over the next ten years (up from $320 million).

Operational Synergies

The Company is maintaining its estimate for potential operational synergies in excess of $130 million per year ($440 million over five years, ramping up to $1.1 billion over 10 years).  While realization of these benefits will be a multi-year endeavour, encouraging progress was made in the first quarter of 2022.

Procurement

  • The Kirkland Lake Gold and Agnico Eagle procurement teams have been combined to create one global team for the combined business
  • The process to tender/renegotiate contracts to take advantage of economies of scale has started, with the largest categories taking priority
  • The team maintains its objective of ramping up to annual savings of between $35 million and $50 million by 2024, expecting up to $10 million of savings in 2022

Operational Improvements

  • The Company is evaluating the potential of implementing best practices from the Canadian Malartic mill to improve overall availability. An improvement of 1% in mill availability could result in approximately 7,000 ounces of additional gold production
  • The Company continues to evaluate increasing the slope angle of the Detour North pit wall which could result in a reduced strip ratio. This reduction in strip ratio could potentially result in savings totaling more than $100 million over the life of mine

Other Operational Synergies

  • Planning has started to implement the first local centralized control room in the Abitibi region. This will be a pilot project, developing strategies and systems to de-risk a larger deployment in the future
  • Discussions with refining partners are underway to optimize the fee structure having regard to the Company's larger production volume. These benefits are expected to begin in the second half of 2022
  • Enhanced data analysis on energy consumption across the business was initiated in the first quarter of 2022. This analysis will be incorporated into energy management systems to develop strategies to optimize energy usage and cost. The Company believes these efforts could result in significant annual savings starting in 2024
  • Core scanning technology that is being implemented in the Quebec and Ontario regions is expected to improve ore body definition, saving time and cost as compared to traditional geological interpretation tools
  • Taken together, these operational synergies are estimated to generate between $75 million to $100 million in annual savings by 2024

The Company estimates the operational synergies and other cost reduction measures have the potential to reduce production costs by up to $10 per ounce in 2022, and up to $30-$40 per ounce in later years.  Given the work and complexity involved in attaining these synergies, and given the volatile and inflationary price environment, these synergies were not reflected in the February 2022 production and cost guidance.

Strategic Optimization

The Company continues its review of strategic opportunities to reduce current and future expenditures as part of its project pipeline, maintaining the original estimate of up to $240 million over five years and $590 million over 10 years.

Mining the AK deposit from Macassa Infrastructure

  • Ore from the AK deposit could complement the feed at the Macassa mill as early as 2024, with the potential of ramping up to an average of 40,000 extra ounces of gold per year
  • At current spot prices, based on preliminary estimates, this could generate approximately $40 million of incremental annual pre-tax cash flow
  • During the first quarter of 2022, 225 metres of a planned 984 metre exploration decline from Macassa's existing Near Surface Ramp was completed
  • The decline will allow a planned exploration campaign to better delineate the AK deposit
  • Permitting work continues and a production decision could be reached later in 2022

Upper Beaver project review

  • To date, roughly $20 million of potential savings for the Upper Beaver project have been identified resulting from equipment synergies with Macassa's #4 shaft
  • Using the experienced workforce from Macassa's shaft-sinking project at Upper Beaver would lower overall shaft sinking costs and potentially accelerate the schedule
  • Work continues on evaluating the potential to use existing infrastructure, reducing capex and operating costs

Strong Financial Position Allows for Asset Development, Debt Repayment and Shareholder Returns

Cash and cash equivalents increased to $1,062.0 million at March 31, 2022, from the December 31, 2021 balance of $185.8 million, primarily due to the cash and cash equivalents of $838.7 million acquired as a result of the closing of the Merger during the quarter and higher cash flow from operations (higher sales volumes and realized gold prices).  As of March 31, 2022, the outstanding balance on the Company's unsecured revolving bank credit facility was nil, and available liquidity under this facility was approximately $1.2 billion, not including the uncommitted $600 million accordion feature.

At March 31, 2022, the Company's net debt totaled $503.7 million.  Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company further reduced gross debt with the cash repayment of the $125 million 6.77% Series C senior notes at maturity on April 7, 2022.

Approximately 39% of the Company's remaining 2022 estimated Canadian dollar exposure is hedged at an average floor price above 1.25 C$/US$.  Approximately 45% of the Company's remaining 2022 estimated Mexican peso exposure is hedged at an average floor price above 20.35 MXP/US$.  Approximately 24% of the Company's remaining 2022 estimated Euro exposure is hedged at an average floor price of approximately 1.18 US$/EUR.  The Company's remaining 2022 Australian dollar exposure is currently unhedged.  The Company's full year 2022 cost guidance is based on assumed exchange rates of 1.25 C$/US$, 20.00 MXP/US$, 1.20 US$/EUR and 1.32 A$/US$.

Including the diesel purchased for the Company's Nunavut operations on the 2021 sealift (consumed to mid-year 2022), approximately 40% of the Company's diesel exposure for 2022 is hedged at an average price below the 2022 cost guidance assumption of C$0.90 per litre.  These hedges have partially mitigated the effect of inflationary pressures to date and are expected to provide a degree of protection against inflation for the 2022 sealift diesel costs.

The Company will continue to monitor market conditions and anticipates continuing to opportunistically add to its operating currency and diesel hedges to strategically support its key input costs.  Current hedging positions are not factored into 2022 guidance.

On February 23, 2022, the Company announced that it intended to launch a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB").  The Company has now submitted draft documentation to the TSX for approval of an NCIB pursuant to which the Company would be permitted to purchase up to $500 million of its common shares (up to a maximum of 5% of its issued and outstanding common shares).  Purchases under the NCIB may continue for up to one year from the expected commencement date of May 4, 2022.  If approved, purchases under the NCIB will be made through the facilities of the TSX, the NYSE or other designated exchanges and alternative trading systems in Canada and the United States in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.  All common shares purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled.

Dividend Record and Payment Dates for the Second Quarter of 2022

Agnico Eagle's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per common share, payable on June 15, 2022 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2022.  Agnico Eagle has declared a cash dividend every year since 1983.

Expected Dividend Record and Payment Dates for the 2022 Fiscal Year

Record Date

Payment Date

June 1, 2022*

June 15, 2022*

September 1, 2022

September 15, 2022

December 1, 2022

December 15, 2022

*Declared

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

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

Capital Expenditures

In the first quarter of 2022, capital expenditures (including sustaining capital) were $223.5 million and capitalized exploration expenditures were $26.6 million, for a total of $250.1 million.  Capital expenditures were lower than forecast primarily due to the timing of the expenditures.  Capital expenditures during the quarter were also affected by COVID-19 challenges.  Capital spending is expected to return to more normalized levels over the balance of the year and the total capital expenditures in 2022 are still expected to be approximately $1.4 billion (excluding capitalized exploration).

The following table sets out capital expenditures and capitalized exploration in the first quarter of 2022.

 

Capital Expenditures

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)



Capital Expenditures*


Capitalized Exploration



Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



31-Mar-22


31-Mar-22

Sustaining Capital Expenditures





LaRonde mine


$18,273


$393

LaRonde Zone 5


2,390


347

LaRonde Complex


20,663


740

Canadian Malartic mine


10,734


Goldex mine


5,981


646

Detour Lake mine


12,642


Macassa mine


4,433


224

Meliadine mine


8,942


139

Meadowbank Complex


10,804


Fosterville mine


8,498


209

Kittila mine


9,646


1,704

Pinos Altos mine


4,835


72

La India mine


806


8

Total Sustaining Capital


$97,984


$3,742






Development Capital Expenditures8





LaRonde mine


$12,463


$ —

LaRonde Zone 5


3,434


LaRonde Complex


15,897


Canadian Malartic mine


19,816


2,936

Goldex mine


4,763


845

Detour Lake mine


21,256


7,604

Macassa mine


14,362


2,694

Meliadine mine


10,735


2,870

Meadowbank Complex


819


Amaruq underground project


15,028


333

Fosterville mine


4,222


4,261

Kittila mine


10,536


Pinos Altos mine


5,918


La India mine


1,841


Other


346


1,277

Total Development Capital


$125,539


$22,820

Total Capital Expenditures


$223,523


$26,562






 * Excludes capitalized exploration





 

8 Growth projects or Development capital expenditures is a non-GAAP measure that is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements.  See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance" and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Performance Measures – Reconciliation of Sustaining Capital Expenditures to Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow"


2022 Guidance Unchanged

Expected gold production in 2022 remains unchanged at approximately 3.2 to 3.4 million ounces with total cash costs per ounce expected to be between $725 and $775 and AISC per ounce expected to be between $1,000 and $1,050.  Total capital expenditures for 2022 are still estimated to be approximately $1.4 billion.  Guidance for 2022 includes production, costs and capital for the period commencing January 1, 2022 at the Detour Lake, Macassa and Fosterville mines.

The estimated 2022 depreciation and amortization expense provided on February 23, 2022 considered a preliminary fair value allocation to the Kirkland Lake Gold assets.  The 2022 depreciation and amortization expense guidance remains unchanged at this time (between $1.37 to $1.47 billion for the full year 2022).  The finalization of the Purchase Price Allocation will take place within the twelve months following the acquisition date and, as such, the depreciation estimate is subject to change.

Cost Inflation

Supply costs from the fourth quarter of 2021 are in line with costs in the first quarter of 2022 and early in the second quarter of 2022.  Cost pressures were relatively minor in the first quarter of 2022, largely due to cost savings initiatives, long-term agreements with local suppliers, existing fuel hedges and the predominantly locally sourced labour force.  Overall, the Company has not experienced any significant supply issues and is closely monitoring the supply chain for signs of stress or potential disruptions.

The inflationary cost environment continues to be dynamic given the changing political landscape and the impacts of COVID-19.  The Company will continue to monitor and assess any impacts on forecasted costs in the coming months as inflation could have more of an effect during the remainder of the year.

Demonstrating strong ESG performance

In December 2021, as a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases at its Nunavut operations, the Company took precautionary steps to further protect the continued health of its Nunavut workforce and local residents in the communities in which it operates.  In collaboration with the Nunavut public health authorities, the Company sent home the Nunavummiut from the Nunavut operations and exploration projects.  As the COVID-19 situation improved and after consultation with the Nunavut Government and other local stakeholders, the Company began the reintegration of its Nunavummiut workforce in mid-March.  The reintegration was completed in early April 2022.

During the first quarter of 2022, COVID-19 continued to be a challenge at the Company's operations, but production levels and costs in the first quarter of 2022 were generally in line with forecasts.  Risks now appear to be more manageable and the situation improved through the quarter.  Rigorous protocols and hygiene measures remain in place in order to keep the Company's employees and communities safe while the mines continue to operate.  This remains an evolving situation and the Company is monitoring activities at its operations and reassesses its response on an ongoing basis.

Agnico Eagle continues to be recognized for its ESG practices in the first quarter of 2022.  During the quarter, the Detour Lake mine was awarded the Leading Practice Award by the International Network for Acid Prevention in recognition of its research and progressive rehabilitation program.  This award recognizes leading acid mine drainage mitigation and prevention practice at a specific operating site.

The Company expects to publish its 2021 sustainability report in the second quarter of 2022, which will include information with respect to the legacy Kirkland Lake Gold operations.  Following the Merger, Agnico Eagle continues to have one of the lowest greenhouse gas intensities among gold miners globally.  The Company has committed to a net zero target for 2050 and pathways to achieve net zero, including specific reduction targets and other key climate-related targets, continue to be evaluated.  An update on the Company's climate strategy is expected to be provided later in 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Results Conference Call and Webcast Tomorrow

Agnico Eagle's senior management will host a conference call on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8:30 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss the Company's first quarter of 2022 financial and operating 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 1-416-764-8630 or toll-free 1-888-390-0608.  To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay archive:

Please dial 1-416-764-8677 or toll-free 1-888-390-0541, access code 747635#.  The conference call replay will expire on May 29, 2022.

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

Annual Meeting

The Company will host its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the "AGM") on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:00 am (E.D.T).  During the AGM, management will provide an overview of the Company's activities.

Hybrid Format

The AGM will be held in person at the Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2Y4 and online at: https://meetnow.global/MX6S7HV.

The Company is conducting a hybrid meeting that will allow registered shareholders and duly appointed proxyholders to participate both online and in person.  The Company is providing the virtual format in order to provide shareholders with an equal opportunity to attend and participate at the AGM, regardless of the particular constraints, circumstances or risks that they may be facing as a result of COVID-19.

For details explaining how to attend, communicate and vote virtually at the AGM please see the Company's Management Information Circular dated March 21, 2022, filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.  Shareholders who have questions about voting their shares or attending the AGM may contact Investor Relations by telephone at 1-416-947-1212, by toll-free telephone at 1-888-822-6714 or by email at info@agnicoeagle.com.

ABITIBI REGION, QUEBEC

Agnico Eagle is currently Quebec's largest gold producer with a 100% interest in the LaRonde Complex (which includes the LaRonde and LaRonde Zone 5 ("LZ5") mines), the Goldex mine and a 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine.  These mines are located within 50 kilometres of each other, which provides operating synergies and allows for the sharing of technical expertise.

LaRonde Complex – Higher Grades at the East Mine and Lower Operating Costs Drive Strong Operational Performance; Underground Exploration Drifts Advancing as Planned and Drilling is Now Underway

The 100% owned LaRonde mine in northwestern Quebec achieved commercial production in 1988.  The LZ5 property lies adjacent to and west of the LaRonde mine and previous operators exploited the zone by open pit mining.  The LZ5 mine achieved commercial production in June 2018.

LaRonde Complex – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


735


764

Tonnes of ore milled per day


8,167


8,489

Gold grade (g/t)


4.72


4.02

Gold production (ounces)


105,037


93,078

Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                               108


$                                108

Minesite costs per tonne9 (C$)


$                               121


$                                108

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


$                               596


$                                688

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


$                               560


$                                541


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher gold grades, partially offset by lower mill throughput.  In the first quarter of 2022, the LaRonde Complex benefited from the mining of high grade stopes in the East mine, originally scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2021, as well as a higher than anticipated grade in these stopes.  The lower mill throughput resulted from lower mine productivity due to lower than planned workforce availability related to COVID-19.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 were the same when compared to the prior-year period primarily as a result of the timing of unsold concentrate inventory, being offset by lower throughput levels and higher unit costs for fuel, materials and reagents.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily as a result of higher gold production.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower throughput levels and higher unit costs for fuel, materials and reagents.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher minesite cost per tonne, partially offset by higher gold production.

Operational Highlights

  • Production in the first quarter of 2022 was better than expected, despite challenges with COVID-19, due to higher grades as described above. The strong operational performance in the first quarter of 2022 puts the LaRonde Complex in a good position to deliver on 2022 guidance
  • Development activities during the quarter were also affected due to lower than planned workforce availability due to COVID-19. As a result of slower than expected development and a change in mining sequence, production in the second half of 2022 is expected to be slightly weaker than the first half of 2022
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the main drivers of lower total cash costs per ounce than forecast were higher gold production and lower operating costs resulting from increased amounts of development work being classified as capital expenditures, offset by higher fuel and material costs. Total cash costs per ounce were also positively affected by currency and inventory adjustments
  • In the first quarter of 2022, approximately 23% of the gold produced was sourced from the West mine area in line with expectations (20-25%), while the mining rate at the LZ5 mine averaged approximately 3,134 tpd, slightly below the target production rate of 3,200 tpd
  • During the second quarter of 2022, a planned mill shutdown (approximately 4 days) is expected to take place in late April and early May
  • The LaRonde Complex has been successful at incrementally implementing automation for its production activities. During the first quarter of 2022, at the LaRonde mine, 31% of the production mucking was done in automated mode with operators based on surface, which was in line with the 2022 target of 30%. At the LZ5 mine, 21% of the production mucking was done in automated mode with operators based on surface during the first quarter of 2022, compared to the 2022 objective of 23%

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9  Minesite costs per tonne is a non-GAAP measure that does not have a standardized meaning under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company's financial statements.  For a reconciliation to production costs see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Performance Measures" below.  See also "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance".


Project Highlights

  • At Zone LR11-3 (which is at the past producing Bousquet 2 mine), development of the haulage drift on level 146 and 149 began and the ramp between level 146 and 143 was completed.  Gold production from LR11-3 development ore is expected to begin in late 2022 and production is expected to start in the first half of 2023
  • The construction of the drystack tailings facilities is progressing on schedule. The filter press installation is almost complete and electrical and instrumentation work began in late March. The drystack tailings facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2022

Canadian Malartic – Operational Performance In Line With Expectations; Underground Development and Surface Construction Activities at Odyssey Remain on Schedule and on Budget

In June 2014, Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold Inc. ("Yamana") acquired Osisko Mining Corporation (now Canadian Malartic Corporation) and created the Canadian Malartic GP (the "Partnership").  The Partnership owns the Canadian Malartic mine in northwestern Quebec and operates it through a joint management committee.  Each of Agnico Eagle and Yamana has a direct and indirect 50% ownership interest in the Partnership.  All volume data in this section reflect the Company's 50% interest in the Canadian Malartic mine, except as otherwise indicated.  The Odyssey underground project was approved for construction in February 2021.

Canadian Malartic Mine – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes) (100%)


4,824


5,262

Tonnes of ore milled per day (100%)


53,600


58,467

Gold grade (g/t)


1.14


1.18

Gold production (ounces)


80,509


89,550

Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                   30


$                                   27

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                   34


$                                   28

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


$                                 707


$                                 619

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


$                                 792


$                                 617


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower mill throughput and slightly lower gold grades, partially offset by higher metallurgical recovery.  As planned, starting in February 2022, the mill throughput levels were reduced to 51,500 tpd (on a 100% basis) in an effort to optimize the production profile during the transition to the underground Odyssey project.  The mill throughput is forecast to return to full capacity of approximately 60,000 tpd (on a 100% basis) in the second half of 2024.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher mine and mill production costs resulting from lower throughput levels and higher fuel costs, a lower deferred stripping adjustment and the timing of inventory.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher production costs per tonne, the strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar and lower gold grades.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher mine and mill production costs resulting from lower throughput levels and higher fuel costs, and a lower deferred stripping adjustment.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher production costs per tonne, the strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar and lower gold grades.

Operational Highlights

  • During the first quarter of 2022, production was generally in line with forecast despite the challenging conditions in January and February (lower than planned workforce availability due to COVID-19 and extreme cold temperatures) and slightly lower grade than expected
  • In February 2022, the Partnership adjusted the milling rate to 51,500 tpd to optimize the processing plan to improve the production profile during the transition to the Odyssey underground project. This optimization is expected to enhance the financial performance and cash flow in the near-term

Project Highlights

Odyssey Project:

  • The Odyssey project remains on schedule and budget. Inflationary cost pressures remain manageable at this time. From a labour perspective, the Company is successfully building a highly skilled team and the Odyssey project is considered an employer of choice in the Abitibi
  • Underground development in the first quarter of 2022 was generally in line with forecast, with 375 metres of ramp completed and 1,079 metres of lateral development achieved. Development rates are expected to continue increasing over the remainder of the year
  • The headframe and hoistroom construction continued in the first quarter of 2022 and the structural steel installation began in early January. Shaft sinking is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, and the first underground production is expected to commence in the first half of 2023
  • Surface construction activities continue to progress with the maintenance garage and warehouse expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022. Construction of the paste plant is ongoing and is expected to be ready for production in 2023
  • During the first quarter of 2022, the Partnership repurchased the 2% NSR royalty on the Rand Malartic property for $7 million
  • Fifteen drills are active on the property, with three underground drills carrying out infill drilling on the Odyssey South deposit and 12 surface drills focused on infilling and expanding the East Gouldie mineralization

Other Opportunities

  • In 2021, the Camflo property, which lies to the north, was added to the Partnership's land holdings. The Camflo property covers the past producing Camflo mine which had historical production of approximately 1.6 million ounces of gold. An initial evaluation of the Camflo property has identified porphyry hosted gold mineralization that could potentially be mined via an open pit. Additional studies are underway to fully evaluate this mineralization and additional potential in adjacent rock types

Goldex – Mill Throughput Positively Affected by Strong Performance from the Rail-Veyor and the South Zone

The 100% owned Goldex mine in northwestern Quebec began production from the M and E zones in September 2013.  Commercial production from the Deep 1 Zone commenced on July 1, 2017.

Goldex Mine – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


743


727

Tonnes of ore milled per day


8,256


8,078

Gold grade (g/t)


1.63


1.64

Gold production (ounces)


34,445


34,650

Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                   45


$                                   39

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                   46


$                                   39

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


$                                 761


$                                 650

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


$                                 777


$                                 623


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 decreased slightly when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower metallurgical recoveries and slightly lower gold grades being offset by higher throughput levels.  In the first quarter of 2022, the Goldex mine continued to deliver a solid performance in line with the production plan and past performance despite lower than planned workforce availability related to COVID-19.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher mine development and production costs resulting from higher labour and ground support costs, higher mill costs resulting from higher unit costs for reagents and grinding media and the timing of unsold inventory.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher production costs per tonne.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher mine development and production costs resulting from higher labour and ground support costs and higher mill costs resulting from higher unit costs for reagents and grinding media.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to the factors causing higher minesite costs per tonne.

Operational Highlights

  • During the first quarter of 2022, gold production was in line with forecast despite challenges with lower than planned workforce availability related to COVID-19. This was driven by higher throughput levels from higher tonnage from the South Zone and M&E zones and strong performance by the Rail-Veyor system in March
  • In March 2022, the Rail-Veyor system set a record at an average of 7,592 tpd (above its design capacity of 7,000 tpd) and had the best single day performance ever at 10,752 tonnes
  • Ore production from the South Zone was 960 tpd in the first quarter of 2022 and reached a record 1,689 tpd in March
  • Mining at South Zone sector #2B started ahead of schedule and good exploration results were reported from between levels 094 and 098 (7.2 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 933 metres depth and 10.0 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 956 metres depth in hole GD90-182 and 21.2 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 955 metres depth in hole GD90-180)
  • South Zone Sector #3 also yielded strong conversion and delineation drill results, including 10.2 g/t gold over 5.3 metres at 1,288 metres depth in hole GD-128-050 and 19.4 g/t gold over 5.7 metres at 1,264 metres depth in hole GD128-048

ABITIBI REGION, ONTARIO

Agnico Eagle acquired the Detour Lake and Macassa mines on February 8, 2022 as a result of the Merger with Kirkland Lake Gold.  With the inclusion of these two assets in its portfolio, the Company is now Ontario's largest gold producer.  Furthermore, the proximity of these mines to the Company's operations located in the Abitibi region of Quebec provides operating synergies and allows for the sharing of technical expertise.

Detour Lake – Strong Gold Production and Low Cash Costs Driven by Higher Gold Grades; Mill Optimization Projects Progressing as Planned

The Detour Lake operation is located in northeastern Ontario, approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Timmins and 185 kilometres by road northeast of Cochrane, within the northernmost Abitibi Greenstone Belt.

In 1987, Placer Dome Inc. began underground gold production at the Detour Lake property and during the initial 12 years of mining (from 1987 to 1999) production was approximately 1.7 million ounces of gold from approximately 14.3 million tonnes grading 3.82 g/t gold.  In 2013, Detour Gold Corporation restarted gold production via open pit mining.  The Detour Lake mine is the largest gold producing mine in Canada with the largest gold reserves and substantial growth potential.  It has an estimated mine life of approximately 21 years.

Detour Lake – Operating Statistics*






Three Months Ended




March 31, 2022


Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


3,270


Tonnes of ore milled per day


62,885


Gold grade (g/t)


1.03


Gold production (ounces)


100,443


Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 46


Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 24


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


$                            1,194


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


$                               600


*In the first quarter of 2022, the operating statistics are reported for the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022.


For the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022, gold production at the Detour Lake mine was 100,443 ounces, with production costs per tonne of C$46, production costs per ounce of $1,194, minesite costs per tonne of C$24 and total cash costs per ounce of $600.

The difference between production costs per tonne and minesite costs per tonne and the difference between production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are primarily due to the inventory re-valuation at the forecasted gold price in the period the inventory was expected to be sold done as part of the Purchase Price Allocation following the completion of the Merger.

Operational Highlights

  • For the complete first quarter of 2022, gold production at Detour Lake was 181,834 ounces
  • On April 13, 2022, the Detour Lake mine poured its five millionth ounce of gold since commercial production began at the site in 2013 while owned by Detour Gold Corporation
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the Detour Lake mine was awarded the International Network for Acid Prevention Leading Practice Award in recognition of their research and progressive rehabilitation program
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the Detour Lake mine received the Overall Benefit Permit for woodland caribou and the Forestry Resource License for the Sunday Creek Project. With the permit, the Company will be able to proceed with the construction of access roads to support the construction of two waterlines and infrastructure to carry water at a maximum of 65,000 cubic metres per day seasonally from the Mine Water Pond to Sunday Creek. The discharge of surplus run off and non-process affected water will reduce the need for additional water storage capacity on site. The Environmental Compliance Approval, which will allow the construction of the waterlines and infrastructure to commence, is under review by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. This project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023
  • In the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, the Detour Lake mine benefited from a combination of a higher grade mining sequence from Phase 2 and a positive reconciliation observed when mining around historical underground workings
  • The open pit mine delivered solid performance in the first quarter of 2022, with the tonnage moved in line with expectations. Adjustments to the mining sequence resulted in a higher strip ratio than forecast for the quarter
  • Tonnage milled was slightly under forecast primarily due to lower mill availability associated with the timing of the planned mill liner replacement
  • In the first quarter of 2022, despite cost pressures related to higher fuel and higher electricity prices, the Detour Lake mine achieved lower total cash costs per ounce than guided primarily due to higher gold grade. With the optimization efforts ongoing and the strong first quarter of 2022, the Company believes that the Detour Lake mine is in a good position to deliver on 2022 production and cost guidance

Project Highlights

  • In 2021, a record 24.1 million tonnes were milled at the Detour Lake mine. The Company has undertaken several projects to progressively increase the mill throughput to 28 million tonnes by 2025. Key project updates are provided below:
  • ◦ Pre-screening before the secondary crusher is expected to help debottleneck the grinding circuit and contribute approximately 2 million tonnes per year to the mill throughput. The project is approximately 43% complete and is expected to be fully competed in the fourth quarter of 2022
    • The construction of four additional carbon-in-pulp (CIP) leach tanks are expected to increase the leach retention time and capacity by approximately 20% and improve gold recovery. Engineering is expected to be completed in 2022; foundation work is planned to be completed in 2023 with the tank installation planned for 2024
    • An upgrade to the gravity circuit is planned which is expected to increase free gold recovery from 25% to approximately 40%. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022 with commissioning expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022
    • The mine is building a new automated laboratory to analyze samples from delineation and production drilling. The laboratory will have the capacity to process up to 900 gold and 1,200 multi-element samples per day. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, the project was approximately 67% complete. The assay laboratory is expected to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2022
    • An upgrade of the 230kV main substation is planned to improve the power quality at the mine. In addition, the upgrade will improve the site readiness for future power expansion for projects such as the trolley assist mine haulage system. The upgrade is expected to be completed in late 2023
  • A technical evaluation is progressing with the goal of converting a portion of 2021 measured and indicated mineral resources into mineral reserves, update the life of mine plan and incorporate the mill optimization projects designed to increase the mill throughput to 28 million tonnes per year by 2025. Highlights from the evaluation will be provided in the Company' second quarter 2022 news release in July
  • An evaluation is also being planned to assess the potential for an underground operation and the expansion of production to 32 million tonnes per year

Exploration

In regional exploration at Detour Lake during the first quarter, the drilling priority remained the completion of infill drilling in the Saddle and West Detour portions of the deposit to update mineral resources and mineral reserves at mid-year 2022.  Drilling also continued to test the underground potential as drilling in the westerly plunge of the deposit is returning wide intervals including a higher grade portion that supports the potential to continue growing the "out-pit" mineralization.  Drilling will further investigate the westerly plunge of the deposit in the upcoming quarters to continue to assess the underground potential.

This year's budget also incorporates a plan to investigate the Sunday Lake deformation zone along strike to the west and to the east of the mine, as well as the lower Detour area that includes the 58 North deposit.

Recent highlight holes from the deep westerly plunge of the deposit in the West Pit area include: hole DLM-22-404W, intersecting 38.2 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 616 metres depth and 3.5 g/t gold over 45.1 metres at 822 metres depth approximately 500 metres west of previously defined mineralized intersections at depth in the West Detour Pit area; and hole DLM-22-422W, intersecting 13.1 g/t gold over 8.7 metres at 688 metres depth, including 28.6 g/t gold over 3.5 metres at 690 metres depth and 2.8 g/t gold over 14.0 metres at 714 metres depth approximately 250 metres west of previously defined mineralized intersections at depth in the West Detour Pit area.

Macassa – Higher than Planned Development Rates and Stope Availability Drive Underground Performance; #4 Shaft Project and Ventilation Upgrade on Schedule for Commissioning in Late 2022

The Macassa Mine, located in northeastern Ontario, began production in 1933.  Operations have been continuous except for a brief period, when they were suspended in 1999 due to the depressed gold price.  Underground mining restarted in 2002 and over the last 10 years production has been predominately from two production areas: the South Mine Complex (SMC) and the Main Break (MB).

Macassa Mine – Operating Statistics*






Three Months Ended




March 31, 2022


Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


47


Tonnes of ore milled per day


902


Gold grade (g/t)


16.64


Gold production (ounces)


24,488


Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 871


Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 523


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


$                              1,320


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


$                                 787


*In the first quarter of 2022, the operating statistics are reported for the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022.


For the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022, gold production at Macassa mine was 24,488 ounces, with production costs per tonne of C$871, production costs per ounce of $1,320, minesite costs per tonne of C$523 and total cash costs per ounce of $787.

The difference between production costs per tonne and minesite costs per tonne and the difference between production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are primarily due to the inventory re-valuation at the forecasted gold price in the period the inventory was expected to be sold done as part of the Purchase Price Allocation following the completion of the Merger.

Operational Highlights

  • For the complete first quarter of 2022, gold production at Macassa was 43,943 ounces, in line with forecast. The higher than forecast mined and milled tonnage was offset by lower mined grades than anticipated
  • Increased underground operational efficiencies due to better than expected development rates (47% ahead of forecast) and stope availability drove the higher than forecast ore tonnage mined
  • The lower than anticipated gold grade was primarily due to variability in the high-grade nature of the mineralization. This variability in grade can result in significant variations in gold production quarter over quarter

Project Highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2022, the planned work on the #4 Shaft project remained on schedule. On level 6300, the focus was on developing the new conveyor drift and loading pocket. The development work to connect the new shaft infrastructure to the existing mining areas advanced as planned. Completion of the #4 Shaft project is expected in late 2022
  • The upgrade of the ventilation system progressed as planned. This upgrade is expected to increase ventilation capacity from approximately 300,000 cubic feet per minute to 750,000 cubic feet per minute to support the increase in underground production in 2023 and 2024. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, three of the four ventilation raises are completed and the fourth ventilation raise is expected to break through to surface in the second quarter of 2022
  • The underground excavation of the chamber for the main exhaust fans began in the first quarter of 2022. The two 3,000 HP fans have been purchased and delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2022. The fans are expected to be installed in the third quarter of 2022 and commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2022
  • Construction to facilitate the increase in the power supply at Macassa from 22 megawatts to 67 megawatts is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022 and the upgrade is expected to be completed in late 2023

Exploration Highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2022, approximately 29,000 metres of exploration and definition drilling was carried out. The main focus was on testing the Main Break, the South Mine Complex eastern extension and west of the Amikougami fault. Highlights include 20.5 g/t gold over 0.8 metres at 2,210 metres depth at the Main Break and 14.2 g/t gold over 1.4 metres at 1,651 metres depth at the South Mine Complex eastern extension

Kirkland Lake Regional Update

AK Deposit

In the first quarter of 2022, the previously identified opportunity to mine the AK deposit from Macassa infrastructure progressed, with 225 metres of a planned 984 metre exploration decline from the existing Near Surface Ramp completed to date.  The decline is associated with an exploration campaign planned to be completed in 2022 to better delineate the deposit and understand how the AK mineral resources could complement the feed at the Macassa mill, potentially starting in 2024.

Infill drilling of the AK deposit from surface was initiated in the first quarter of 2021 [NTD: Confirm date], targeting one of the higher grade mineral resource areas where historical hole KLAKC15-87 intercepted 8.8 g/t gold over 14.0 metres (core length) at a depth of 104 metres.  In the first quarter of 2022, two drill rigs completed nine holes (2,556 metres).  Assays results are expected in the second quarter of 2022.

Upper Beaver – Exploration

In the first quarter of 2022 at Upper Beaver, 18 drill holes were completed totalling 8,100 metres.  Work focused on filling the gap in the Footwall Zone between 600 and 1,000 metres depth, and converting inferred mineral resources in the Porphyry and Footwall zones below 1,400 metres depth.

The latest holes continued to return good gold and copper grades over significant widths.  Among the holes drilled below 1,400 metres depth, highlight hole KLUB21-328W7 intersected 11.4 g/t gold and 0.38% copper over 4.6 metres at 1,499 metres depth in the Porphyry zone and 13.1 g/t gold and 0.58% copper over 4.3 metres at 1,536 metres depth in the Footwall zone, including 35.7 g/t gold and 1.27% copper over 1.3 metres at 1,534 metres depth; and hole KLUB21-328W13 intersected 3.5 g/t gold and 0.27% copper over 21.6 metres at 1,556 metres depth in the Porphyry zone and 7.4 g/t gold and 0.40% copper over 14.2 metres at 1,582 metres depth in the Footwall zone.

Exploration drilling is also underway to investigate for new mineralized zones at depth along strike laterally.  Recent drilling appears to have encountered a new zone of mineralization 500 metres southeast of the main mineralized zone (assays pending).

The Company continues to review project development scenarios for Upper Beaver.

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 Hope Bay project 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 flows over several decades.

In December 2021, as a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases at its Nunavut operations, the Company took the precautionary step to send home the Nunavut based workforce and reduce site activities.  All site activities ramped back to normal operating levels from mid-January into February 2022.  The return of the Nunavut based workforce started on March 14, 2022, after consultation with the Nunavut Government and other local stakeholders.  The reintegration was completed in early April 2022.

Meliadine Mine – Millionth Gold Ounce Poured; Full Year Guidance Unchanged Despite COVID-19 Challenges

Located near Rankin Inlet in the Kivalliq District of Nunavut, Canada, the Meliadine project was acquired in July 2010.  The Company owns 100% of the 98,222-hectare property.  In February 2017, the Company's Board of Directors approved the construction of the Meliadine project and commercial production was declared on May 14, 2019.

Meliadine Mine – Operating Statistics*





All metrics exclude pre-commercial production tonnes and ounces


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


432


338

Tonnes of ore milled per day**


4,800


4,612

Gold grade (g/t)


6.03


7.47

Gold production (ounces)


80,704


88,003

Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                230


$                                226

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                241


$                                219

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


$                                975


$                                679

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


$                             1,002


$                                628


*In the first quarter of 2021, the Tiriganiaq open pit had 8,123 ounces of pre-commercial gold production.

**Excluding tonnes milled on a pre-commercial production basis, the mill operated for an equivalent of 73 days in the first quarter of 2021


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower gold grades resulting from an increase in tonnage sourced from the open pit and lower grade stockpiles, partially offset by higher throughput levels resulting from the planned expansion of the mill to 4,800 tpd.  The COVID-19 pandemic affected the underground mine activities particularly in December 2021 and January 2022.  To compensate for the shortfall in mine production in the first quarter of 2022, low-grade stockpile ore was used to feed the mill.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to inventory adjustments resulting from the consumption of the low-grade stockpile and the contribution of open pit production costs, partially offset by higher throughput levels, lower mining costs as a result of lower underground activities related to lower workforce availability due to COVID-19 and the timing of unsold inventory.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold grades and lower production costs per tonne, partially offset by the timing of unsold inventory.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to inventory adjustments resulting from the consumption of the low-grade stockpile and the contribution of open pit production costs, partially offset by higher throughput levels and lower mining costs as a result of lower underground activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold grades and higher minesite costs per tonne.

Operational Highlights

  • On March 9, 2022, the Meliadine mine poured its millionth ounce of gold. Since the start of the operation in 2019, the Meliadine mine quickly became a key cornerstone asset for the Company, with yearly production ranging from 360,000 to 390,000 ounces of gold and generating strong operating margins
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in lower than planned workforce levels which primarily affected the underground mine. Both underground development and ore production were lower than forecast. The processing plant operated as per planned during the quarter, achieving a run rate of approximately 4,800 tpd
  • On April 11, 2022, the Government of Nunavut announced the end of the Public Health Emergency and the Company expects impacts from COVID-19 to reduce considerably going forward. Production is expected to return to more normal levels for the remainder of the year. With an expected increase in the grade profile, the Company believes the mine is well positioned to deliver higher gold production and declining costs quarter over quarter in 2022
  • The permit for the construction of the discharge waterline was received on January 31, 2022. The construction of the waterline is expected to start later in 2022 and to be completed in time to start discharging in 2024. Once built, the discharge waterline will be used on a seasonal basis to discharge saline water to the sea
  • With lower than predicted inflows of saline water underground and the completion of the surface saline water storage facilities in 2021, the mine is expected to have sufficient capacity to manage saline water levels at site until completion of the discharge waterline. As a result, the Company has decided to suspend the trucking of saline water for discharge to sea in 2022, which will reduce costs and the environmental impact associated to trucking

Projects

  • The Phase 2 mill expansion is expected to be completed in mid-2024 when the processing rate is forecast to increase to 6,000 tpd. Engineering work and procurement activities are progressing as per plan. The main contracts for construction of the CIL, filter-press and power plant buildings and the CIL process tank were awarded in the second quarter of 2022

Exploration

  • In the first quarter of 2022, the Tiriganiaq exploration drift was advanced by approximately 109 metres and the development of the second drilling bay was completed. Initial drilling from the first drill bay is underway and assay results are expected in the second quarter of 2022
  • In the first quarter of 2022, infill and exploration drilling at the Tiriganiaq and Pump deposits returned significant results. Highlight intercepts from Tiriganiaq include: Hole M21-3251 in lode 1257 intersecting 6.8 g/t gold over 6.1 metres at 81 metres depth and 33.2 g/t gold over 2.7 metres at 117 metres depth, demonstrating potential for near surface mineral resources addition close to infrastructure; and hole M21-3300 in lode 1000 intersecting 15.7 g/t gold over 6.6 metres at 508 metres depth in a new ore shoot discovered during the fourth quarter of 2021 that remains open at depth

Meadowbank Complex – Record Daily Mill Throughput in March 2022; Operations Well Positioned to Ramp Up Production Through 2022

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 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.

Meadowbank Complex – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


892


924

Tonnes of ore milled per day


9,911


10,267

Gold grade (g/t)


2.26


2.94

Gold production (ounces)


59,765


79,965

Production costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 137


$                                 122

Minesite costs per tonne (C$)


$                                 156


$                                 130

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


$                              1,618


$                              1,092

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


$                              1,811


$                              1,123


In the first quarter of 2022, gold production decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower gold grades resulting from an increase in tonnage sourced from low grade stockpile and from a lower grade sequence in the open pit.  In the first quarter of 2022, the Meadowbank Complex was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and activities were reduced to essential services from December 22, 2021 to January 10, 2022.  Subsequently, production activities were gradually ramped up to normal operating levels into early February 2022.  Low grade stockpile was used to feed the mill as the open pit activities ramped up in January and to complement open pit production as the mill performed above forecast in March 2022.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to inventory adjustments resulting from the consumption of the low-grade stockpile and higher service costs to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by the timing of unsold inventory.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold grades and higher production costs per tonne, partially offset by the timing of unsold inventory.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to inventory adjustments resulting from the consumption of the low-grade stockpile and higher service costs to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by higher capitalized costs.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower gold grades and higher production costs per tonne.

Operational Highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2022, the Meadowbank Complex successfully overcame significant challenges related to COVID-19. At the start of the year, site activities were reduced to essential services. The mining operation ramp-up began on January 10, 2022 and the mill restarted in mid-January 2022
  • In the first quarter of 2022, open pit production remained in line with forecast. Based on solid in-pit drilling performance, the broken muck inventory increased above two million tonnes before in preparation for the freshet season
  • In the first quarter of 2022, the mill operated above forecast. In March 2022, the Meadowbank Complex achieved a record monthly throughput (since the start-up of Amaruq) of approximately 377,000 tonnes milled, including an all-time daily record of 14,206 tpd
  • The High Pressure Grinding Rolls are expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022. Combined with the optimization projects carried out at the mill, the Company expects to continue to maximize the mill throughput for the remainder of the year
  • This year's caribou migration started in March and, as at the end of the first quarter of 2021, it has had a minimal impact on the operation. The Company factors the migration into its production forecast. Wildlife management is an important priority and, given the unpredictability of the seasonal migration, the Company continues to work with government and local stakeholders to optimize solutions to safeguard wildlife and minimize production disruptions
  • With the open pit entering a higher grade mining sequence and the ore contribution from underground starting in the second half of 2022, gold production at the Meadowbank Complex is expected to increase consistently over the next three quarters of 2022

Underground Project Highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2022, the lower workforce availability related to COVID-19 resulted in delays in the underground development and the construction of the underground mine infrastructure
  • As of the end of the first quarter of 2022, the underground development was behind schedule with 810 metres completed compared to the budgeted development target metres of 1,050 metres. The Company has established an action plan to mitigate the impact of the delay and is focused on advancing priority aspects of the project to ready for production as scheduled later this year
  • The commissioning of several key infrastructure projects is ongoing, including the cemented rock fill plant and the emulsion plant. The development of the main ventilation raise and the construction of the main ventilation system were delayed but are still expected to be delivered in time to achieve the production plan
  • Despite these challenges, the underground project remains on budget and on schedule. The extraction of a test stope is planned for the second quarter of 2022 and commercial production is expected to be achieved in the second half of 2022

Hope Bay Project – Drilling Activities Continue to Ramp-Up with an Ongoing Focus on the Doris Deposit; Madrid Drilling to Commence in April 2022

Located in the Kitikmeot District of Nunavut, Canada, approximately 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay, the Hope Bay project was acquired in February 2021.  The Company owns 100% of the 191,342-hectare property, which includes portions of the Hope Bay and Elu greenstone belts.  The 80-kilometre long Hope Bay greenstone belt hosts three gold deposits (Doris, Madrid and Boston) with mineral reserves and mineral resources and over 90 regional exploration targets.  At the time the Hope Bay project was acquired, construction at the Doris deposit was complete and commercial production had been achieved in the second quarter of 2017.

On February 18, 2022, the Company announced that it decided to maintain the suspension of production activities at the Doris mine, in order to dedicate the infrastructure of the Hope Bay site to exploration activities.  The Company ramped down the remaining operational activities at the Doris mine in an orderly fashion over the remainder of the quarter while ensuring the safety of employees and the sustainability of the infrastructure.  In parallel, exploration activities were increased, focusing primarily on Doris (both surface and underground).

In 2022 and 2023, production activities will remain suspended and the primary focus will be on accelerating exploration and the evaluation of larger production scenarios.  The Company remains confident in the long term potential of the Hope Bay property.

At the Hope Bay project in the first quarter of 2022, 15,600 metres were drilled in 59 drill holes which mostly tested the Doris deposit along strike and at depth.

The latest results at Doris show high grades over substantial widths in multiple areas, including the northern extension of BTD Extension, in the southern extension of Central (DCN) and at depth in BTD Connector where new, thick and high-grade intervals were reported.  The results further demonstrate the potential for the Doris mineral resources to grow significantly and to support the development of additional underground exploration platforms to further confirm the size, shape and grade of these new high-grade mineralized zones.

Highlights from conversion drilling in the southern portion of the Central area include: 30.8 g/t gold over 3.3 metres at 209 metres depth in hole HBDCN22-50912; and 14.3 g/t gold over 5.9 metres at 231 metres depth in hole HBDCN22-50916.

Highlights from deep exploration drilling in the BTD Connector area include: 23.0 g/t gold over 5.0 metres at 502 metres depth in hole HB21-013; 9.4 g/t gold over 14.9 metres at 491 metres depth in hole HB22-018; and 11.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at 569 metres depth in hole HB21-011.

AUSTRALIA

Agnico Eagle acquired the Fosterville mine on February 8, 2022 as a result of the Merger with Kirkland Lake Gold.  As the largest gold producer in the state of Victoria, Australia, the 100% owned Fosterville mine is a high-grade underground gold mine, located 20 kilometres from the city of Bendigo.  The operation features low-cost gold production, as well as extensive in-mine and district scale exploration potential.

Fosterville – Strong Gold Production due to Higher Than Expected Grade; Exploration Drifts at Robins Hill and Lower Phoenix Advancing as Planned

Gold production at the Fosterville mine commenced in 1991 from shallow oxide open pits and heap-leaching operations and was suspended in 2001 subsequent to the depletion of oxide ore.  In 2005, gold production restarted from an open pit, sulphide mining operation, with mining activities progressively transitioning to underground.  Based on exploration success, in particular the discovery of the high grade Eagle and Swan mineralized zones, the Fosterville mine output increased rapidly year over year from 2016 to 2020.  Exploration activities continue to expand its mineral reserves and mineral resources as the deposit remains open at depth in the Harrier, Lower Phoenix and Robbin's Hill areas.

Fosterville Mine – Operating Statistics*






Three Months Ended




March 31, 2022


Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


91


Tonnes of ore milled per day


1,758


Gold grade (g/t)


28.13


Gold production (ounces)


81,827


Production costs per tonne (A$)


$                              1,283


Minesite costs per tonne (A$)


$                                 367


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


$                              1,075


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


$                                 309



*In the first quarter of 2022, the operating statistics are reported for the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022.


For the period from February 8, 2022 to March 31, 2022, gold production at the Fosterville mine was 81,827 ounces, with production costs per tonne of A$1,283, production costs per ounce of $1,075, minesite costs per tonne of A$367 and total cash costs per ounce of $309.

The difference between production costs per tonne and minesite costs per tonne and the difference between production costs per ounce and total cash costs per ounce are primarily due to the inventory re-valuation at the forecasted gold price in the period the inventory was expected to be sold done as part of the Purchase Price Allocation following the completion of the Merger.

Operational Highlights

  • For the complete first quarter of 2022, the Fosterville mine delivered solid operational performance with gold production of 126,707 ounces, which was above forecast. The lower than forecast mined and milled tonnage was offset by higher mined grade than anticipated
  • Mine production was affected by lower workforce availability related to COVID-19, a reduction in the availability of paste backfill in January and February and primary ventilation operating restrictions related to low frequency noise constraints
  • The higher than anticipated gold grade resulted from a combination of grade over-performance from the stopes mined in the Swan Zone during February and March and slight adjustments to the mining sequence
  • Based on the mining sequence, Fosterville is expected to have lower gold production in the next two quarters and the fourth quarter is expected to be the strongest quarter of the year based on the expected timing of mining ultra-high grade stopes. Based on solid performance in the first quarter of 2022 and expected strong production in the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company believes the mine is well positioned to deliver on guidance for this year
  • The Fosterville mine has commenced an Environmental Effects Study that included the establishment of a stakeholder committee (which includes various Government regulatory bodies, indigenous peoples, City of Greater Bendigo representatives and local area landholders). A variety of risk impacts and mitigation strategies (air quality, water quality, noise abatement and other potential community impacts) will be addressed as part of the sustained operations project for the next 10 years

Project Highlights

  • The enclosure of the SAG mill building with attenuation paneling was completed in the first quarter of 2022. The objective of the project is to reduce noise by 10dB at the source and 2dB at receptors closer to neighbouring properties
  • The contract to raise bore four underground ventilation raises at Phoenix and Harrier has been awarded. Raise boring of the first ventilation raise is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022. Completion of the full ventilation upgrade project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2024

Exploration

  • In the first quarter of 2022, the development of Robins Hill twin exploration drifts was behind forecast due to the requirement for the installation of additional ground support. The development of the exploration drift at the Lower Phoenix was in line with forecast. Each of the exploration drifts are expected to be completed early in the third quarter of 2022. Once completed, these exploration platforms will provide key access for exploration and infill drilling in the Cygnet, Lower Phoenix and Robbins Hill areas with the objective to replace mineral reserves and to add to mineral resources
  • Drilling in the Cygnet area continues to return high grade but narrow intercepts, with highlight holes returning 174 g/t gold over 2.2 metres at 1,221 metres depth and 54.4 g/t gold over 1.4 metres at 1,296 metres depth. Exploration drilling in the Robins Hill area also confirmed the extension of the mineralization down plunge, with highlight intercept yielding 5.1 g/t gold over 6.1 metres at 1,377 metres depth at approximately 300 metres down-plunge of the current mineral resource envelope

FINLAND

Agnico Eagle's Kittila mine in Finland is the largest primary gold producer in Europe.  The expansion of the Kittila mill to 2.0 million tonnes per year was completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.  An underground shaft is under construction and is expected to be commissioned in late 2022 or early 2023.  Exploration activities continue to expand the mineral reserves and mineral resources at the Kittila mine.  Near mine exploration remains the main focus as the deposit remains open at depth and laterally.

Kittila – Lower Than Expected Mill Availability and Grades Impacted First Quarter Production; Mining Sequence Being Optimized to Improve Grades

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

Kittila Mine – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)


461


494

Tonnes of ore milled per day


5,122


5,489

Gold grade (g/t)


3.6


4.37

Gold production (ounces)


45,508


60,716

Production costs per tonne (EUR)


€                                   95


€                                   83

Minesite costs per tonne (EUR)


€                                   90


€                                   82

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


$                              1,087


$                                 801

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


$                              1,039


$                                 798


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower gold grades, lower throughput and lower metallurgical recoveries.  In the first quarter of 2022, the gold grades were lower than anticipated due to a delay in reaching the higher grade stopes in the Roura Zone due to poor ground conditions and as a result of higher dilution in the secondary stopes.  Throughput levels were affected by a slower start-up of the mill following a planned 10-day shutdown of the autoclave for regular maintenance.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher maintenance costs related to the planned 10-day shutdown of the autoclave and higher mine and mill production costs resulting from higher unit costs for fuel, power, ground support and consumables, partially offset by inventory adjustments.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold grades, higher production costs per tonne and the timing of unsold inventory, partially offset by the weakening of the Euro against the U.S. dollar.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to the reasons described above.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to lower gold grades and higher production costs per tonne, partially offset by the weakening of the Euro against the U.S. dollar.

Operational Highlights

  • Gold production of 45,508 ounces in the first quarter of 2022 was below forecast due to lower grades, lower throughput and lower recoveries as described above. The Company expects production levels to normalize over the remainder of the year
  • Mill feed tonnes were slightly below forecast mainly due to lower than expected autoclave availability during the restart of the mill after the planned shutdown in February 2022. Availability returned to more normal levels in March and achieved an all-time record in monthly mill feed volume at 191,316 tonnes
  • The Company is focused on grade management for the remainder of 2022. Optimization of the mining sequence, including the prioritization of the development of the higher grade stopes at Roura, is expected to improve grades in the second quarter of 2022
  • During the first quarter of 2022, production drilling was 80% completed via tele-remote assisted drilling. This was the highest percentage of tele-remote production drilling achieved to-date and has allowed for an increase in metres drilled per day. The Company continues to evaluate future automation opportunities while collaborating with equipment manufacturers

Project Highlights

  • Despite challenges from COVID-19, shaft construction continues to progress as planned. Work on the 875-level shaft station will continue until the end of May and shaft sinking is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. Commissioning of the production hoist remains on schedule for the fourth quarter of 2022
  • As part of the expansion project at the mine, the construction of a nitrogen removal plant is progressing as per schedule and is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2022

Exploration

  • In the first quarter of 2022, deep exploration drilling confirmed the potential to extend gold mineralization at depth, with highlight hole RIE21-700E returning 6.3 g/t gold over 13.6 metres at 1,948 metres depth (previously released February 23, 2022) and 5.7 g/t gold over 3.7 metres at 1,973 metres depth in the Sizar Zone

MEXICO

Agnico Eagle's Mexican operations have been a solid source of precious metals production (gold and silver) with stable operating costs and strong free cash flow since 2009.

Pinos Altos – Production Affected by Higher Than Expected Underground Rehabilitation; Initial Production Commences at Reyna de Plata; Cubiro Development Ore Yields Higher Grades Than Anticipated

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

Pinos Altos Mine – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)


384


493

Tonnes of ore processed per day


4,267


5,478

Gold grade (g/t)


2.14


1.91

Gold production (ounces)


25,170


29,175

Production costs per tonne


$                                   85


$                                   65

Minesite costs per tonne


$                                   87


$                                   69

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


$                              1,293


$                              1,097

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


$                              1,078


$                                 838


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower throughput levels resulting from lower open pit production following the depletion of the Sinter pit and the higher rehabilitation requirements at the Santo Niño and Cerro Colorado zones, partially offset by higher gold grades as production is solely originating from underground.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower throughput levels, higher mining costs resulting from higher ground support requirements, higher processing costs related to higher unit prices for reagents and grinding media and the timing of inventory, partially offset by lower open pit costs.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher production costs per tonne and the timing of the inventory, partially offset by higher gold grades.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to reasons described above.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher minesite costs per tonne and lower by-product revenues from lower silver volumes, partially offset by higher gold grades.

Operational Highlights

  • At Santo Niño and Cerro Colorado, significantly more rehabilitation work than expected and resulted in lower than planned advance in underground development and stope preparation. These delays affected overall underground production and resulted in low ore availability at the mill and lower than forecast gold production
  • At Sinter, the ventilation system was completed and commissioned in the first quarter of 2022. In the second quarter of 2022, the paste fill line is expected to be commissioned and Sinter underground is expected to reach its full production capacity
  • At Reyna de Plata, open pit pre-stripping activities at Pit 1 progressed as per plan and are approximately 25% complete. The lower section of Pit 2 provided initial ore production of approximately 47,000 tonnes
  • The increased production capacity at Sinter and the contribution of open pit ore from Reyna de Plata is expected to provide additional flexibility to the Pinos Altos production profile
  • At Creston Mascota, residual recovery from the heap leach pad continued throughout the first quarter of 2022 and resulted in a production of 1,006 ounces of gold at production costs per ounce of $611 and total cash costs of $407 per ounce. Irrigation of the heap leach pad and residual leaching will continue throughout the second quarter of 2022

Project Highlights

  • At the Cubiro deposit the main pumping system underground was completed and commissioned in the first quarter of 2022. Underground development advanced by 874 metres and included the excavation of approximately 8,000 tonnes of ore at a higher than expected gold grade of 4.37 g/t
  • Pre-production activities will continue through 2022 into 2023. Initial production is expected in the second half of 2023. Once production commences, Cubiro is expected to provide additional production flexibility to the Pinos Altos operations

La India – Solid Operating Performance and Optimization Initiatives Result in Cost Improvements; Pre-Stripping of El Realito Pit Ramping Up

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.

La India Mine – Operating Statistics







Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)


1,563


1,642

Tonnes of ore processed per day


17,367


18,244

Gold grade (g/t)


0.57


0.43

Gold production (ounces)


21,702


17,033

Production costs per tonne


$                                   11


$                                   10

Minesite costs per tonne


$                                   12


$                                   10

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


$                                 817


$                                 948

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


$                                 820


$                                 936


Gold production in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to higher gold grades and higher recovery as the heap leach still benefited from the delayed recovery of the ore stacked in the second quarter of 2021 and gradually irrigated through the second half of the year.

Production costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 were essentially the same when compared to the prior-year period.  Production costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher gold grades.

Minesite costs per tonne in the first quarter of 2022 increased when compared to the prior-year period primarily due to the higher cement and cyanide consumption related to the high clay content of the ore and higher open pit costs resulting from a higher stripping ratio at the Main Zone.  The impact of the clay content on cyanide consumption was partially offset by the improved irrigation at the heap leach pad with the installation of drippers.  Total cash costs per ounce in the first quarter of 2022 decreased when compared to the prior-year period due to higher gold grades and higher by-product revenues from higher silver volumes, partially offset by higher minesite costs per tonne.

Operational Highlights

  • In the first quarter of 2022, despite challenges related to COVID-19, the La India mine delivered a strong operational performance, with increased tonnage placed on the heap leach than forecast
  • The water storage facilities at the end of the first quarter of 2022 were at approximately 50% of their maximum capacities. With this water storage, the La India mine is expected to be able to operate until the start of the next rainy season which is expected in June 2022
  • The Main Zone pit is expected to be depleted in the third quarter of 2022. Ore production will then fully transition to the La India pit and the El Realito pit

Project Highlights

  • Pre-stripping of the El Realito pit is approximately 39% complete and the first gold production was started in the first quarter of 2022. Pre-stripping activities are in line with forecast and are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022

About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company, producing precious metals from operations in Canada, Australia, 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.

Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance

This news release discloses certain financial performance measures, including "total cash costs per ounce", "all-in sustaining costs per ounce", "minesite costs per tonne", "net debt", "adjusted net income", "adjusted net income per share", "realized prices", "sustaining capital expenditures", "development capital expenditures" and "operating margin" that are not standardized measures under IFRS.  These measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other gold mining companies.  For a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable financial information reported in the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS, other than adjusted net income, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures" below.

The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is reported on both a by-product basis (deducting by-product metal revenues from production costs) and co-product basis (without deducting by-product metal revenues).  The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) for by-product revenues, inventory production costs, operational care and maintenance costs due to COVID-19, realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs and other adjustments, which include smelting, refining and marketing charges and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced excluding production prior to the achievement of commercial production.  Certain line items such as operational care and maintenance costs due to COVID-19 and realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs were previously classified as "other adjustments" and have now been disclosed separately to provide additional detail on the reconciliation, allowing investors to better understand the impacts of such events on the cash operating costs per ounce and minesite cost per tonne.  The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis, except that no adjustment is made for by-product metal revenues.  Accordingly, the calculation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis does not reflect a reduction in production costs or smelting, refining and marketing charges associated with the production and sale of by-product metals.  As discussed above the Purchase Price Allocation was excluded from total cash costs and AISC.  The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is intended to provide information about the cash-generating capabilities of the Company's mining operations.  Management also uses this measure to, and believes it is helpful to investors so they can, understand and monitor the performance of the Company's mining operations.  The Company believes that total cash costs per ounce is useful to help investors understand the costs associated with producing gold and the economics of gold mining.  As market prices for gold are quoted on a per ounce basis, using the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis measure allows management and investors to assess a mine's cash-generating capabilities at various gold prices.  Management is aware, and investors should note, that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates and, in the case of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis, by-product metal prices.  Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using, and investors should also consider, these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.  Management also performs sensitivity analysis in order to quantify the effects of fluctuating metal prices and exchange rates.  Investors should note that total cash costs per ounce are not reflective of all cash expenditures as they do not include income tax payments, interest costs or dividend payments.  This measure also does not include depreciation or amortization.

Agnico Eagle's primary business is gold production and the focus of its current operations and future development is on maximizing returns from gold production, with other metal production being incidental to the gold production process.  Accordingly, all metals other than gold are considered by-products.

Total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is reported on a by-product basis because (i) the majority of the Company's revenues are from gold (ii) the Company mines ore, which contains gold, silver, zinc, copper and other metals, (iii) it is not possible to specifically assign all costs to revenues from the gold, silver, zinc, copper and other metals the Company produces (iv) it is a method used by management and the Board of Directors to monitor operations, and (v) many other gold producers disclose similar measures on a by-product rather than a co-product basis.  Investors should also consider these measures in conjunction with other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.

All-in sustaining costs per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis is calculated as the aggregate of total cash costs on a by-product basis, sustaining capital expenditures (including capitalized exploration), general and administrative expenses (including stock options), lease payments related to sustaining assets and reclamation expenses, and then dividing by the number of ounces of gold produced (excluding production prior to the achievement of commercial production).  These additional costs reflect the additional expenditures that are required to be made to maintain current production levels.  The AISC per ounce of gold produced on a co-product basis is calculated in the same manner as the AISC per ounce of gold produced on a by-product basis, except that the total cash costs on a co-product basis are used, meaning no adjustment is made for by-product metal revenues.  AISC per ounce seeks to reflect total sustaining expenditures of producing and selling an ounce of gold while maintaining current operations.  Management is aware, and investors should note, that these per ounce measures of performance can be affected by fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and, in the case of total cash costs per ounce and AISC of gold produced on a by-product basis, by-product metal prices.  Management compensates for these inherent limitations by using these measures in conjunction with minesite costs per tonne as well as other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.  Investors should note that AISC per ounce is not reflective of all cash expenditures as it does not include income tax payments, interest costs or dividend payments.  This measure also does not include depreciation or amortization.

The World Gold Council ("WGC") is a non-regulatory market development organization for the gold industry.  Although the WGC is not a mining industry regulatory organization, it has worked closely with its member companies to develop relevant non-GAAP measures.  The Company follows the guidance on all-in sustaining costs released by the WGC in November 2018.  Adoption of the AISC metric is voluntary and, notwithstanding the Company's adoption of the WGC's guidance, AISC per ounce of gold produced reported by the Company may not be comparable to data reported by other gold mining companies.  The Company believes that this measure provides helpful information about operating performance.  However, this non-GAAP measure should be considered together with other data prepared in accordance with IFRS as it is not necessarily indicative of operating costs or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Minesite costs per tonne are calculated by adjusting production costs as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) for inventory production costs, operational care and maintenance costs due to COVID-19, and other adjustments, and then dividing by tonnage of ore processed (excluding the tonnage processed prior to the achievement of commercial production).  As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced can be affected by fluctuations in by–product metal prices and foreign exchange rates, management believes, and investors should note, that minesite costs per tonne is useful to investors in providing additional information regarding the performance of mining operations, eliminating the impact of varying production levels.  Management also uses this measure to determine the economic viability of mining blocks.  As each mining block is evaluated based on the net realizable value of each tonne mined, in order to be economically viable the estimated revenue on a per tonne basis must be in excess of the minesite costs per tonne.  Management is aware, and investors should note, that this per tonne measure of performance can be affected by fluctuations in processing levels.  This inherent limitation may be partially mitigated by using this measure in conjunction with production costs prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Net debt is calculated by adjusting the total of the current portion of long-term debt and non-current long-term debt as recorded on the consolidated balance sheet for deferred financing costs and cash and cash equivalents. Management uses net debt to determine the overall debt position and to evaluate future debt capacity of the Company.

Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are calculated by adjusting the net income as recorded in the consolidated statements of income (loss) for the effects of certain items that the Company believes are not reflective of the Company's underlying performance for the reporting period, including foreign currency translation gains or losses, realized and unrealized gains or losses on derivative financial instruments, impairment loss charges and reversals, environmental remediation, income and mining taxes adjustments as well as other non-recurring, unusual items (which includes changes in estimates of asset retirement obligations at closed sites and gains and losses on the disposal of assets).  Adjusted net income per share is calculated by dividing adjusted net income by the number of shares outstanding on a basic and diluted basis.  The Company believes that these generally accepted industry measures allow for the evaluation of the results of continuing operations and are useful in making comparisons between periods.  Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are intended to provide investors with information about the Company's continuing income generating capabilities.  Management uses these measures to, and believes it is helpful to investors so they can, understand and monitor for the operating performance of the Company in conjunction with other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Operating margin is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers.  The Company believes that operating margin is a useful measure that represents the operating performance of its individual mines associated with the ongoing production and sale of gold and by-product metals without allocating company-wide overhead, including exploration and corporate development expenses, amortization of property, plant and mine development, general and administrative expenses, finance costs, gain and losses on derivative financial instruments, environmental remediation costs, foreign currency translation gains and losses, other expenses and income and mining tax expenses.  This measure is calculated by deducting production costs from revenue from mining operations.  In order to reconcile operating margin to net income as recorded in the consolidated financial statements, the Company adds the following items to the operating margin: income and mining taxes expense; other expenses (income); foreign currency translation (gain) loss; gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments; finance costs; general and administrative expenses; amortization of property, plant and mine development; exploration and corporate development expenses; and impairment losses (reversals).  Management uses this measure internally to plan and forecast future operating results.  This measure is intended to provide investors with additional information about the Company's underlying operating results and should be evaluated in conjunction with other data prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Realized prices are calculated as revenue from mining operations by metal divided by the volume of metal sold.  Management uses realized prices to, and believes is helpful to investors so they can, evaluate sales revenue in each reporting period.

Sustaining capital expenditures are expenditures incurred during the production phase to sustain and maintain the existing assets so they can achieve constant expected levels of production, from which the Company will derive economic benefits, this includes expenditure for assets to retain their existing productive capacity as well as to enhance performance and reliability of the operations.  Development capital expenditures represents the spending at new projects and/or expenditure at existing operations that is undertaken with the intention to increase production levels or mine life above the current plans.  Management uses these measures in the capital allocation process and to assess the effectiveness of its investments.  Management believes these measures are useful so investors can assess the purpose and effectiveness of the capital expenditures in each reporting period.  The classification between sustaining and development capital expenditures does not have a standardized definition in accordance with IFRS and other companies may classify expenditures in a different manner.

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

Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release has been prepared as at April 28, 2022.  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 the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the Company's future operations, including its employees and overall business; the Company's forward-looking guidance, including metal production, estimated ore grades, recovery rates, project timelines, drilling results, life of mine estimates, total cash costs per ounce, AISC per ounce, minesite costs per tonne, other expenses and cash flows; statements relating to the expected outcomes of the Merger including synergies arising therefrom and their expected quantum and timing; 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, Meliadine Phase 2, the Amaruq underground project 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 other expansion projects, recovery rates, mill throughput, optimization and projected exploration, including costs and other estimates upon which such projections are based; statements regarding timing and amounts of capital expenditures, other expenditures and other cash needs, and expectations as to the funding thereof; estimates of future mineral reserves, mineral resources, mineral production and sales; 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; statements regarding anticipated cost inflation and its effect on the Company's costs; estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources and the effect of drill results on future mineral reserves and mineral resources; statements regarding the Company's ability to obtain the necessary permits and authorizations in connection with its proposed or current exploration, development and mining operations and the anticipated timing thereof; statements regarding anticipated future exploration; the anticipated timing of events with respect to the Company's mine sites; statements regarding the sufficiency of the Company's cash resources; statements regarding future activity with respect to the Company's unsecured revolving bank credit facility; statements regarding the NCIB, future dividend amounts and payment dates; 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, 2021 filed with Canadian securities regulators and that are included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2021 ("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; 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; the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Merger or implementing the business plan for the combined company, including as a result of difficulty in integrating the businesses of the companies involved; the ability to realize synergies and cost savings at the times, and to the extent, anticipated; the potential impact on exploration activities; the potential impact of the consummation of the Merger on relationships, including with regulatory bodies, employees, suppliers, customers, competitors, First Nations and other key stakeholders; 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 fly-in/fly-out camps), travel restrictions, contractor availability, supply availability, ability to sell or deliver gold dore 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 ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Merger or implementing the business plan for new Agnico Eagle, including as a result of a delay or difficulty in integrating the businesses of the companies involved; 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' (the "CSA") National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").

For United States reporting purposes, the SEC 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 were required 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.  Accordingly, mineral reserve and mineral resource information contained in this news release may not be comparable to similar information disclosed by United States companies.

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 relating to Quebec operations has been approved by Daniel Paré, P.Eng., Vice-President, Quebec; relating to Nunavut and Finland operations has been approved by Dominique Girard, Eng., Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Nunavut, Quebec & Europe; relating to Ontario, Australia and Mexico operations has been approved by Natasha Vaz, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Ontario, Australia & Mexico; relating to exploration, mineral reserves and mineral resources have been approved by Guy Gosselin, Eng. and P.Geo., Executive Vice President, Exploration and Eric Kallio, P.Geo, Executive Vice President, Exploration Strategy & Growth, each of whom is a "Qualified Person" for the purposes of NI 43-101.

Assumptions used for the December 31, 2021 mineral reserves estimate at all mines and advanced projects held by Agnico Eagle on December 31, 2021


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

$18

$3.00

$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.

Assumptions used for the December 31, 2021 mineral reserves estimate at all mines and advanced projects held by Kirkland Lake Gold on December 31, 2021


Gold

(US$/oz)

C$ per

US$1.00

AUS$ per
US$1.00

Mineral Reserves

$1,300

$1.31

$1.36


The above metal price assumptions are below the three-year historic gold price average (from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021) of approximately $1,654 per ounce.

A mineral reserve is the economically mineable part of a measured and/or indicated mineral resource.  It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined or extracted and is defined by studies at pre-feasibility or feasibility level as appropriate that include application of modifying factors.  Such studies demonstrate that, at the time of reporting, extraction could reasonably be justified.  The mineral reserves presented in this news release are separate from and not a portion of the mineral resources.

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

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

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

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

Investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

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

Additional Information

Additional information about each of the Company's material mineral projects as at March 31, 2021, 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 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); the Updated Technical Report on the Meliadine Gold Project, Nunavut, Canada (February 11, 2015); the Detour Lake Operation Ontario, Canada NI 43-101 Technical report as at July 26, 2021 (October 15, 2021); and the Updated NI 43-101 Technical Report Fosterville Gold Mine in the State of Victoria, Australia as at December 31, 2018 (April 1, 2019).

 

APPENDIX – SELECTED EXPLORATION RESULTS AND DRILL COLLAR COORDINATES

Recent selected exploration drill results from Goldex, Detour Lake, Macassa, Amalgamated Kirkland, Upper Beaver, Meliadine, Hope Bay, Fosterville and Kittila

Mine or Project /
Zone

Drill hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Depth of
midpoint
below
surface
(metres)

Estimated
true
width
(metres)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(uncapped)

Gold
grade
(g/t)
(capped)

Copper
grade
(%)

Goldex / South Zone

GD90-180

160.0

164.0

955

3.0

21.1

21.1

-

Goldex / South Zone

GD90-182

110.0

117.0

933

3.0

7.2

7.2

-

Goldex / South Zone

GD128-048

202.0

208.0

1,288

5.7

19.4

19.4

-

Goldex / South Zone

GD128-050

85.0

92.0

1,288

5.3

10.2

10.2

-

Detour Lake / West Pit

DLM21-328+

555.5

572.9

451

16.0

30.9

30.9

-

Detour Lake / West Pit

DLM22-404W

729.0

732.3

616

3.0

38.2

38.2

-


and

978.0

1027.0

822

45.1

3.5

3.5

-

Detour Lake / West Pit

DLM22-422W

852.0

862.0

688

8.7

13.1

13.1

-


including

858.0

862.0

690

3.5

28.6

28.6

-


and

885.0

901.0

714

14.0

2.8

2.8

-

Macassa / SMC East

53-4552

300.4

302.4

1,651

1.4

14.2

14.2

-

Macassa / Main Break

58-723

406.4

408.4

2,210

0.8

20.5

20.5

-

Amalgamated Kirkland (historical)

KLAKC15-87

109.0

123.0

104

14.0***

8.8

8.8

-

Upper Beaver / Porphyry

KLUB21-328W7

1,679.7

1,685.3

1,499

4.6

11.4

11.4

0.38

Upper Beaver / Footwall

KLUB21-328W7

1,722.4

1,727.5

1,536

4.3

13.1

13.1

0.58


including

1,722.4

1,724.0

1,534

1.3

35.7

35.7

1.27

Upper Beaver / Porphyry

KLUB21-328W13

1,700.1

1,725.0

1,556

21.6

3.5

3.5

0.27

Upper Beaver / Footwall

KLUB21-328W13

1,732.5

1,751.0

1,582

14.2

7.4

7.4

0.40

Meliadine / Tiriganiaq Lode 1257

M21-3251

91.7

97.8

80.6

6.1

6.8

6.8

-

Meliadine / Tiriganiaq Lode 1087

and

133.5

136.2

116.8

2.7

46.8

33.2

-

Meliadine / Tiriganiaq Lode 1000

M21-3300

530.4

537.0

508

6.6

15.7

15.7

-


including

530.4

533.8

506

3.4

29.1

29.1

-

Hope Bay / Doris / BTD Ext

HBDBE22-50886

130.5

134.0

329

3.5

41.5

20.9


Hope Bay / /Doris / DCN 3

HBDCN22-50912

94.9

102.6

231

5.9

19.7

14.3

-

Hope Bay / Doris / DCN 3

HBDCN22-50916

116.4

120.9

209

3.3

45.1

30.8

-

Hope Bay / Doris / BCO WL

HBD-21-011

656.0

659.1

569

3.0

11.7

11.7

-

Hope Bay / Doris / BCO WL

HBD-21-013

614.5

619.7

502

5.0

23.0

23.0

-

Hope Bay / Doris / BCO WL

HBD-22-018

610.7

626.0

491

14.9

9.4

9.4

-

Fosterville / Cygnet / Ptarmigan

UDH4191

173

176

1,221

2.2

174.4

174.4

-

Fosterville / Cygnet / Pen

UDH4254

121

123

1,296

1.4

54.5

54.5

-

Fosterville / Robbin's Hill / Curie

UDR003A

1,029

1,047

1,377

6.1

5.1

5.1

-

Kittila / Sisar Deep

RIE21-700E**

1,137.3

1,157.0

1,948

13.6

6.3

6.3

-


and

1,195.8

1,201.0

1,973

3.7

5.7

5.7

-

* Holes for Detour Lake, Macassa, AK, Fosterville and Kittila are uncapped.  In the South Zone at Goldex, a capping factor was used for individual assays of 95 g/t gold and the mill-feed cut-off grade used varies between 1.73 and 1.93 g/t gold depending of the vein type.  At Upper Beaver, holes in the Deep East Porphyry and Footwall zones use a capping factor of 90 g/t gold.  At Meliadine, capping factors are 250 g/t gold for Lode 1000, 100 g/t gold for Lode 1087 and 160 g/t gold for Lode 1257.  Results from the Doris deposit at Hope Bay use a capping factor of 50 g/t gold. 

** The first intercept of hole RIE21-700E was previously released on February 23, 2022 and the second intercept is newly released.

*** Core length; true width undetermined.

+ Previously released on February 10, 2022.

 

EXPLORATION DRILL COLLAR COORDINATES

Drill hole

UTM North

UTM East

Elevation
(metres
above sea
level)

Azimuth
(degrees)

Dip (degrees)

Length
(metres)

Goldex

GD90-180

5330701

286606

-589

262

-24

183

GD90-182

5330702

286606

-589

268

-23

195

GD128-048

5330285

287036

-964

41

-2

313

GD128-050

5330368

287080

-958

359

-21

228

Detour Lake

DLM21-328

5541784

587804

286

178

-58

1,080

DLM22-404W

5541975

587280

286

174

-62

531

DLM22-422W

5541845

587563

286

176

-58

1,075

Macassa

53-4552

5332023

570296

-1,258

318

-11

363

58-723

5332023

569630

-1,476

317

-75

579

Amalgamated Kirkland

KLAKC15-87

5331159

569897

332

357

-65

136

Upper Beaver

KLUB21-328W7

5337074

591948

320

131

-71

1,806

KLUB21-328W13

5337074

591948

320

131

-71

1,833

Meliadine

M21-3251

6988485

540920

101

195

-68

294

M21-3300

6988702

540352

101

171

-81

591

Hope Bay

HBDBE22-50886

7560336

433996

349

97

33

207

HBDCN22-50912

7557546

433781

-197

115

5

125

HBDCN22-50916

7557546

433781

-196

122

13

126

HBD21-011

7559272

433224

58

85

-71

985

HBD21-013

7559272

433224

58

88

-65

1,044

HBD22-018

7559272

433224

57

76

-63

782

Fosterville

UDH4191

6,816

1,450

-1,045

38

-9

198

UDH4254

6,495

1,512

-1,052

104

-44

205

UDR003A

10,752

2,814

-242

16

-81

1,203

Kittila

RIE21-700E

7538639

2558645

-778

90

-75

1,254

* Coordinate Systems:

NAD 1983 UTM Zone 18N for Goldex; NAD 1983 UTM Zone 17N for Detour Lake, Macassa, Amalgamated Kirkland and Upper Beaver; NAD 1983 UTM Zone 14N for Meliadine; NAD 1983 UTM Zone 13N for Hope Bay; MGA94 Zone 55 for Fosterville; Finnish Coordinate System KKJ Zone 2 for Kittila.

 

APPENDIX – FINANCIALS

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)









Three Months Ended

March 31,



2022



2021







Operating margin(i):






Revenues from mining operations


$  1,325,688



$     949,623

Production costs


661,735



417,376

Total operating margin(i)


663,953



532,247

Operating margin(i) by mine:






Quebec






   LaRonde mine


103,564



93,728

   LaRonde Zone 5 mine


16,656



12,598

   Canadian Malartic mine(ii)


79,302



103,748

   Goldex mine


37,118



38,739

Ontario






   Detour Lake mine


128,058



   Macassa mine


24,155



Nunavut






   Meliadine mine


84,279



111,216

   Meadowbank Complex


(5,198)



49,950

   Hope Bay mine


144



11,230

Australia






   Fosterville mine


106,856



Europe






   Kittila mine


46,111



58,703

Mexico






   Pinos Altos mine


19,431



26,426

   Creston Mascota mine


1,177



7,634

   La India mine


22,300



18,275

Total operating margin(i)


663,953



532,247

Amortization of property, plant and mine development                     


260,748



177,793

Exploration, corporate and other


228,638



111,289

Income before income and mining taxes


174,567



243,165

Income and mining taxes expense


64,815



97,926

Net income for the period


$     109,752



$     145,239

Net income per share — basic


$           0.29



$           0.56

Net income per share — diluted


$           0.28



$           0.56







Cash flows:






Cash provided by operating activities


$     507,432



$     366,642

Cash used in investing activities


$     535,652



$    (538,123)

Cash used in financing activities


$    (167,858)



$    (100,134)







Realized prices:






Gold (per ounce)


$         1,880



$         1,780

Silver (per ounce)


$         24.11



$         26.13

Zinc (per tonne)


$         3,480



$         2,743

Copper (per tonne)


$       10,243



$         8,958

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)







Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021





Payable production(iii):




Gold (ounces):




    Quebec




      LaRonde mine

87,549


75,389

      LaRonde Zone 5 mine)

17,488


17,689

      Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

80,509


89,550

      Goldex mine

34,445


34,650

   Ontario




      Detour Lake mine

100,443


      Macassa mine

24,488


   Nunavut




      Meliadine mine

80,704


96,126

      Meadowbank Complex

59,765


79,965

      Hope Bay mine


12,259

   Australia




      Fosterville mine

81,827


   Europe




      Kittila mine

45,508


60,716

   Mexico




      Pinos Altos mine

25,170


29,175

      Creston Mascota mine

1,006


4,252

      La India mine

21,702


17,033

Total gold (ounces)

660,604


516,804





Silver (thousands of ounces):




   Quebec




      LaRonde mine

153


203

      LaRonde Zone 5 mine

2


3

      Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

74


82

      Goldex mine

1


   Ontario




      Detour Lake mine

50


      Macassa mine

3


   Nunavut




      Meliadine mine

9


7

      Meadowbank Complex

18


24

      Hope Bay mine


   Australia




      Fosterville mine

8


      Europe




      Kittila mine

3


3

   Mexico




      Pinos Altos mine

256


373

      Creston Mascota mine

4


36

      La India mine

28


16

Total silver (thousands of ounces)

609


747





Zinc (tonnes)

1,069


1,867

Copper (tonnes)

769


752

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)







Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021





Payable metal sold:




Gold (ounces):




   Quebec




      LaRonde mine

70,967


75,285

      LaRonde Zone 5 mine

17,595


14,314

      Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

72,268


83,556

      Goldex mine

33,884


34,358

   Ontario




      Detour Lake mine

131,837


      Macassa mine

29,530


   Nunavut




      Meliadine mine

87,772


98,349

      Meadowbank Complex

48,755


76,281

      Hope Bay mine

98


20,221

   Australia




      Fosterville mine

101,950


   Europe




      Kittila mine

51,615


59,597

   Mexico




      Pinos Altos mine

24,787


27,613

      Creston Mascota mine

855


4,878

      La India mine

21,009


18,834

Total gold (ounces)

692,922


513,286





Silver (thousands of ounces):




   Quebec




      LaRonde mine

160


199

      LaRonde Zone 5 mine

4


3

      Canadian Malartic mine(ii)

79


67

      Goldex mine

1


   Ontario




      Detour Lake mine

50


      Macassa mine

3


   Nunavut




      Meliadine mine

9


8

      Meadowbank Complex

12


19

      Hope Bay mine


   Australia




      Fosterville mine

8


   Europe




      Kittila mine

4


2

   Mexico




      Pinos Altos mine

249


361

      Creston Mascota mine

7


50

      La India mine

26


19

Total silver (thousands of ounces):

612


728





Zinc (tonnes)

1,034


2,660

Copper (tonnes)

766


754

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)







Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021





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




Quebec




   LaRonde mine

$         674


$          727

   LaRonde Zone 5 mine

979


766

   Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(iv)

813


640

   Goldex mine

777


623

Ontario




   Detour Lake mine(iv)

612


   Macassa mine(iv)

790


Nunavut




   Meliadine mine(vi)

1,005


630

   Meadowbank Complex

1,815


1,129

   Hope Bay mine


929

Australia

941


1,079

   Fosterville mine

311


Europe




   Kittila mine

1,041


799

Mexico




   Pinos Altos mine

1,327


1,165

   Creston Mascota mine

542


490

   La India mine

852


969

Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced

$         854


$          797





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




Quebec




   LaRonde mine

$         478


$          490

   LaRonde Zone 5 mine

973


761

   Canadian Malartic mine(ii)(iv)

792


617

   Goldex mine

777


623

Ontario




   Detour Lake mine(iv)

600


   Macassa mine(iv)

787


Nunavut




   Meliadine mine(vi)

1,002


628

   Meadowbank Complex

1,811


1,123

   Hope Bay mine


929

Australia




   Fosterville mine

309


Europe




   Kittila mine

1,039


798

Mexico




   Pinos Altos mine

1,078


838

   Creston Mascota mine

407


193

   La India mine

820


936

Weighted average total cash costs per ounce of gold produced

$         811


$          734





Notes:




(i) Operating margin is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance" for more information on the Company's use of operating margin and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures - Reconciliation of Operating Margin to Net Income" for a reconciliation of this measure to the recent IFRS measure.

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

(iii) Payable production (a non-GAAP non-financial performance measure) is the quantity of mineral produced during a period contained in products that are or will be sold by the Company, whether such products are sold during the period or held as inventories at the end of the period. Payable production for the three months ended March 31, 2011 includes 8,123 ounces of gold from the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit at the Meliadine mine, which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production at the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit on August 15, 2021.

(iv) The Canadian Malartic mine's payable metal sold excludes the 5.0% net smelter return royalty granted to Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. The Detour Lake mine's payable metal sold excludes the net smelter royalty transferred to Franco-Nevada Corporation.

(v) The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. See ''Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures — Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced and Minesite Costs per Tonne'' for more information on the Company's calculation and use of total cash cost per ounce of gold produced and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures - Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Cost per Ounce of Gold Produced by Mine and Reconciliation of Production COsts to Minesite Cost per Tonne by Mine" for a reconciliation of these measures to the recent IFRS measure.

(vi) The Meliadine mine's cost calculations per ounce of gold produced for the three months ended March 31, 2021 exclude 8,123 ounces of payable gold production, which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production at the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit on August 15, 2021.

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

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

(Unaudited)






As at


As at


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

ASSETS



Restated(i)

Current assets:




   Cash and cash equivalents

$              1,061,995


$                 185,786

   Trade receivables

10,716


13,545

   Inventories

1,133,619


878,944

   Income taxes recoverable

69,828


7,674

   Fair value of derivative financial instruments

27,396


12,305

   Other current assets

266,075


204,134

Total current assets

2,569,629


1,302,388

Non-current assets:




   Goodwill

2,212,251


407,792

   Property, plant and mine development

17,690,519


7,675,595

   Investments

450,879


343,509

   Deferred income and mining tax asset


133,608

   Other assets

407,241


353,198

Total assets

$            23,330,519


$            10,216,090





LIABILITIES




Current liabilities:




   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$                 633,805


$                 414,673

   Share based liabilities

10,968


   Interest payable

25,487


12,303

   Income taxes payable

20,376


47,213

   Current portion of long-term debt

225,000


225,000

   Reclamation provision

20,478


7,547

   Lease obligations

36,104


32,988

   Fair value of derivative financial instruments

13,124


22,089

Total current liabilities

985,342


761,813

Non-current liabilities:




   Long-term debt

1,340,715


1,340,223

   Reclamation provision

817,987


722,449

   Lease obligations

109,626


98,445

   Share based liabilities

9,806


   Deferred income and mining tax liabilities

3,733,356


1,223,128

   Other liabilities

71,620


70,261

Total liabilities

7,068,452


4,216,319





EQUITY




Common shares:




       Outstanding — 455,747,306 common shares issued, less 843,664 shares held in trust

16,167,944


5,863,512

Stock options

193,205


191,112

Contributed surplus

37,254


37,254

Deficit

(217,654)


(146,383)

Other reserves

81,318


54,276

Total equity

16,262,067


5,999,771

Total liabilities and equity

$            23,330,519


$            10,216,090





Note:

(i)  Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of amendments to IAS 16.

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

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

(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021




Restated(i)





REVENUES




Revenues from mining operations

$            1,325,688


$               949,623





COSTS, EXPENSES AND OTHER INCOME




Production(ii)

661,735


417,376

Exploration and corporate development

65,842


28,709

Amortization of property, plant and mine development

260,748


177,793

General and administrative

67,542


44,933

Finance costs

22,653


22,168

(Gain) loss on derivative financial instruments

(28,664)


21,066

Environmental remediation

(2,299)


(628)

Foreign currency translation loss (gain)

1,210


(3,078)

Care and maintenance

10,456


Other expenses (income)

91,898


(1,881)

Income before income and mining taxes

174,567


243,165

Income and mining taxes expense

64,815


97,926

Net income for the period

$               109,752


$               145,239





Net income per share - basic

$                    0.29


$                    0.60

Net income per share - diluted

$                    0.28


$                    0.59





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




Basic

384,708


242,992

Diluted

385,588


244,187





Notes:




(i) Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of amendments to IAS 16 and the final purchase price allocation of TMAC.

(ii) Exclusive of amortization, which is shown separately.

 

AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(thousands of United States dollars, IFRS basis)

(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021




Restated(i)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net income for the period

$               109,752


$               145,239

Add (deduct) adjusting items:




    Amortization of property, plant and mine development

260,748


177,793

    Deferred income and mining taxes

(657)


55,922

    Unrealized gain on currency and commodity derivatives

(24,055)


(741)

    Unrealized (gain) loss on warrants

(913)


31,810

    Stock-based compensation

22,248


18,036

    Foreign currency translation loss (gain)

1,210


(3,078)

    Other

(2,321)


503

Changes in non-cash working capital balances:




    Trade receivables

39,068


(4,504)

    Income taxes

(39,870)


(68,483)

    Inventories

178,152


25,842

    Other current assets

(39,607)


(2,270)

    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(7,644)


(21,685)

    Interest payable

11,321


12,258

Cash provided by operating activities

507,432


366,642





INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Additions to property, plant and mine development

(293,151)


(192,141)

Cash and cash equivalents acquired in Kirkland acquisition

838,732


Acquisition of TMAC, net of cash and cash equivalents


(185,898)

Advance to TMAC to fund repayment of debt


(105,000)

Payment to repurchase the Hope Bay royalty


(50,000)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and mine development

387


462

Net sales (purchases) of short-term investments

3,127


(1,550)

Net proceeds from sale of equity securities


1,473

Purchases of equity securities and other investments

(13,443)


(5,469)

Cash provided by (used in) investing activities

535,652


(538,123)





FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Proceeds from Credit Facility

100,000


240,000

Repayment of Credit Facility

(100,000)


(240,000)

Repayment of lease obligations

(8,310)


(5,424)

Dividends paid

(154,782)


(72,970)

Repurchase of common shares for stock-based compensation plans

(27,889)


(34,606)

Proceeds on exercise of stock options

17,841


8,401

Common shares issued

5,282


4,465

Cash used in financing activities

(167,858)


(100,134)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

983


(4,446)

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

876,209


(276,061)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

185,786


402,527

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$            1,061,995


$               126,466





SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION




Interest paid

$                   7,560


$                   7,726

Income and mining taxes paid

$               103,400


$               108,653





Note:

(i)  Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of amendments to IAS 16 and the final purchase price allocation of TMAC.

 

      AGNICO EAGLE MINES LIMITED








RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES








(thousands of United States dollars, except where noted)
















The following tables set out a reconciliation of total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (on both a by-product basis and co-product basis) and minesite costs per tonne to production costs, exclusive of amortization, as presented in the condensed interim consolidated statements of income in accordance with IFRS.













Total Production Costs by Mine














Three Months Ended

March 31,








(thousands of United States dollars)


2022


2021








LaRonde mine


$                                        45,841


$                                        51,342








LaRonde Zone 5 mine


16,733


12,685








LaRonde Complex


62,574


64,027








Canadian Malartic mine(i)


56,937


55,468








Goldex mine


26,217


22,513








Detour Lake mine


119,965









Macassa mine


32,314









Meliadine mine


78,679


64,740








Meadowbank Complex


96,711


87,339








Hope Bay mine



24,075








Fosterville mine


88,001









Kittila mine


49,451


48,660








Pinos Altos mine


32,536


31,998








Creston Mascota mine


615


2,417








La India mine


17,735


16,139








Production costs per the condensed interim consolidated statements of income


$                                        661,735


$                                        417,376






















Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced by Mine and Reconciliation of Production Costs to Minesite Costs per Tonne by Mine






















(thousands of United States dollars, except as noted)



























LaRonde mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



87,549



75,389










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    45,841

$        524


$    51,342

$        681








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


10,927

125


929

12








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(485)

(6)


(2,256)

(30)








   Other adjustments(vi)


2,762

31


4,818

64








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    59,045

$        674


$    54,833

$        727








   By-product metal revenues


(17,218)

(196)


(17,899)

(237)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis


$    41,827

$        478


$    36,934

$        490




































LaRonde mine 

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



455



487










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    45,841

$        101


$    51,342

$        105








Production costs (C$)


C$   58,015

C$       128


C$   66,403

C$       136








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


12,357

27


505

1








   Other adjustments (C$)(vi)


(3,506)

(8)


(2,494)

(5)








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$  66,866

C$       147


C$  64,414

C$      132




































LaRonde Zone 5 mine 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



17,488



17,689










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    16,733

$        957


$        12,685

$           717








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


465

27


1,369

77








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(113)

(7)


(533)

(30)








   Other adjustments(vi)


30

2


28

2








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    17,115

$        979


$       13,549

$           766








   By-product metal revenues


(91)

(6)


(89)

(5)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    17,024

$        973


$       13,460

$           761




































LaRonde Zone 5 mine 

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



280



277










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    16,733

$          60


$      12,685

$             46








Production costs (C$)


C$  21,173  

C$         76


C$  16,154

C$            58








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


576

2


1,643

6








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$  21,749  

C$         78


C$      17,797 

C$            64




































LaRonde Complex

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



105,037



93,078










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    62,574

$        596


$    64,027

$        688








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


11,392

108


2,298

25








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(598)

(6)


(2,789)

(30)








   Other adjustments(vi)


2,792

27


4,846

52








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    76,160

$        725


$    68,382

$        735








   By-product metal revenues


(17,309)

(165)


(17,988)

(194)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    58,851

$        560


$    50,394

$        541




































LaRonde Complex

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



735



764










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs)


$    62,574

$          85


$     64,027

$          84








Production costs (C$)





C$    82,557

C$      108








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


12,933

18


2,148

3








   Other adjustments (C$)(vi)


(3,506)

(5)


(2,494)

(3)








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$   88,615

C$       121


C$    82,211

C$      108




































Canadian Malartic mine 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(i)


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



80,509



89,550










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    56,937

$        707


$     55,468

$        619








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


728

9


1,689

19








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs



(78)

(1)








   Other adjustments(vi)


7,782

97


205

3








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    65,447

$        813


$     57,284

$        640








   By-product metal revenues


(1,662)

(21)


(2,030)

(23)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    63,785

$        792


$     55,254

$        617




































Canadian Malartic mine 

Per Tonne(i)


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



2,412



2,631










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    56,937

$          24


$     55,468

$          21








Production costs (C$)


C$   71,629

C$        30


C$    71,210

C$        27








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


1,010


2,211

1








   Other adjustments (C$)(vi)


9,647

4









Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$   82,286

C$        34


C$    73,421

C$        28




































Goldex mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



34,445



34,650










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    26,217

$        761


$    22,513

$        650








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


710

21


20

1








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(215)

(6)


(1,002)

(29)








   Other adjustments(vi)


54

1


45

1








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    26,766

$        777


$    21,576

$        623








   By-product metal revenues


(16)


(6)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis


$    26,750

$        777


$    21,570

$        623




































Goldex mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



743



727










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$     26,217

$          35


$     22,513

$          31








Production costs (C$)


C$    33,220

C$         45


C$    28,558

C$        39








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


892

1


(27)








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$    34,112

C$         46


C$    28,531

C$        39




































Detour Lake Mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



100,443












(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$   119,965

$      1,194


$          —

$          —








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(16,621)

(166)









  Purchase price allocation to inventory(v)


(46,147)

(459)









   Other adjustments(vi)


4,285

43









Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$     61,482

$        612


$          —

$          —








   By-product metal revenues


(1,205)

(12)









Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$     60,277

$        600


$          —

$          —




































Detour Lake Mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



3,270












(thousands)

($ per tonne )


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$     119,965

$          37


$          —

$          —








Production costs (C$)


 C$    151,818

C$        46


C$         —

C$        —








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


(21,072)

(6)









   Purchase price allocation to inventory(C$)(v)


(58,400)

(18)









   Other adjustments (C$)(vi)


5,400

2









Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$      77,746

C$        24


C$         —

C$        —




































Macassa Mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



24,488












(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    32,314

$      1,320


$          —

$          —








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(2,100)

(86)









   Purchase price allocation to inventory(C$)(vi)


(10,827)

(442)









   Other adjustments(vi)


(44)

(2)









Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    19,343

$         790


$          —

$          —








   By-product metal revenues


(73)

(3)









Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    19,270

$         787


$          —

$          —




































Macassa Mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



47












(thousands)

($ per tonne )


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    32,314

$        689


$          —

$          —








Production costs (C$)


C$   40,830

C$       871


C$        — 

C$        — 








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


(2,644)

(56)









   Fair value adjustment on business combination(C$)(vi)


(13,578)

(290)









   Other adjustments (C$)(vi)


(68)

(2)









Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$   24,540

C$       523


C$        — 

C$        — 




































Meliadine mine 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced(vii)


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



80,704



88,003










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    78,679

$        975


$    64,740

$        736








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


3,632

45


(1,700)

(19)








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(1,311)

(16)


(2,634)

(30)








   IAS 16 amendments(iv)



(4,976)

(57)








   Other adjustments(vi)


95

1


43








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    81,095

$      1,005


$    55,473

$        630








   By-product metal revenues


(217)

(3)


(220)

(2)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    80,878

$      1,002


$    55,253

$        628




































Meliadine mine

Per Tonne(viii)


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



432



338










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    78,679

$        182


$    64,740

$        192








Production costs (C$)


C$   99,437 

C$       230


C$   82,771 

C$       245 








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


4,525

11


(2,508)

(7)








   IAS 16 amendments (C$)(iv)



(6,362)

(19)








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$  103,962

C$       241


C$   73,901

C$       219




































Meadowbank Complex 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



59,765



79,965










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    96,711

$      1,618


$    87,339

$      1,092








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


15,203

254


5,780

72








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(2,043)

(34)


(2,914)

(36)








   Operational care & maintenance due to COVID-19(iii)


(1,436)

(24)









   Other adjustments(vi)


66

1


72

1








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$  108,501

$      1,815


$    90,277

$      1,129








   By-product metal revenues


(295)

(4)


(492)

(6)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$  108,206

$      1,811


$    89,785

$      1,123




































Meadowbank Complex

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



892



924










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$     96,711

$        108


$     87,339

$          95








Production costs (C$)


C$   122,465

C$      137 


C$  112,766 

C$      122 








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)


18,808

21


7,102

8








   Operational care and maintenance due to COVID-19 (C$)(iii)


(1,793)

(2)









Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$   139,480

C$       156


C$   119,868

C$       130




































Hope Bay mine 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)





12,259










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$          —

$          —


$    24,075

$      1,964








   Inventory adjustments(ii)



(12,691)

(1,035)








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$          —

$          —


$    11,384

$        929








   By-product metal revenues










Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$          —

$          —


$    11,384

$        929




































Hope Bay mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)





39










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$          —

$          —


$    24,075

$        616








Production costs (C$)


C$        — 

C$        — 


C$  30,477 

C$      780 








   Inventory adjustments (C$)(ii)



(16,306)

(417)








Minesite operating costs (C$)


C$        — 

C$        — 


C$  14,171 

C$      363 




































Fosterville Mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



81,827












(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    88,001

$      1,075


$          —

$          —








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(5,839)

(71)









   Purchase price allocation to inventory(v)


(56,677)

(693)









Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    25,485

$        311


$          —

$          —








   By-product metal revenues


(188)

(2)









Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    25,297

$        309


$          —

$          —




































Fosterville Mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



91












(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    88,001

$        963


$          —

$          —








Production costs (A$)


A$  117,226 

A$    1,283 


A$        — 

A$        — 








   Inventory adjustments (A$)(ii)


(8,205)

(90)









   Purchase price allocation to inventory(A$)(v)


(75,500)

(826)









Minesite operating costs (A$)


A$   33,521 

A$       367


A$        — 

A$       — 




































Kittila mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months
Ended March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



45,508



60,716










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    49,451

$      1,087


$    48,660

$        801








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(2,791)

(62)


(295)

(5)








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


678

15


(6)








   Other adjustments(vi)


54

1


172

3








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    47,392

$      1,041


$    48,531

$        799








   By-product metal revenues


(89)

(2)


(54)

(1)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    47,303

$      1,039


$    48,477

$        798




































Kittila mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore milled (thousands of tonnes)



461



494










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    49,451

$        107


$    48,660

$          99








Production costs (€)


€    43,908

€          95


€    41,068

€          83








   Inventory adjustments (€)(ii)


(2,274)

(5)


(337)

(1)








Minesite operating costs (€)


€    41,634

€          90


€    40,731

€          82




































Pinos Altos mine 

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



25,170



29,175










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    32,536

$      1,293


$    31,998

$      1,097








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


799

31


2,160

74








   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs


(234)

(9)


(548)

(19)








   Other adjustments(vi)


303

12


375

13








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    33,404

$      1,327


$    33,985

$      1,165








   By-product metal revenues


(6,263)

(249)


(9,538)

(327)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    27,141

$      1,078


$    24,447

$         838




































Pinos Altos mine

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)



384



493










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    32,536

$          85


$    31,998

$          65








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


799

2


2,160

4








Minesite operating costs


$    33,335

$          87


$    34,158

$          69




































Creston Mascota mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



1,006



4,252










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$        615

$        611


$      2,417

$        568








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(87)

(87)


(477)

(112)








   Other adjustments(vi)


18

18


141

34








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$        546

$        542


$      2,081

$        490








   By-product metal revenues


(135)

(135)


(1,263)

(297)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$        411

$        407


$        818

$        193






















Creston Mascota mine

Per Tonne(ix)


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)














(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$        615

$          —


$      2,417

$          —








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


(87)


(477)








   Other adjustments(vi)


(528)


(1,940)








Minesite operating costs


$          —

$          —


$          —

$          —




































La India mine

Per Ounce of Gold Produced


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Gold production (ounces)



21,702



17,033










(thousands)

($ per ounce)


(thousands)

($ per ounce)








Production costs


$    17,735

$        817


$    16,139

$        948








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


568

26


242

14








   Other adjustments(vi)


196

9


120

7








Cash operating costs (co-product basis)


$    18,499

$        852


$    16,501

$        969








   By-product metal revenues


(708)

(32)


(562)

(33)








Cash operating costs (by-product basis)


$    17,791

$        820


$    15,939

$        936




































La India mine 

Per Tonne


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022


Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021








Tonnes of ore processed (thousands of tonnes)



1,563



1,642










(thousands)

($ per tonne)


(thousands)

($ per tonne)








Production costs


$    17,735

$          11


$    16,139

$          10








   Inventory adjustments(ii)


568

1


242








Minesite operating costs


$    18,303

$          12


$    16,381

$          10




































Notes:














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
















(ii) Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue from contracts with customers is recognized upon the transfer of control over metals sold to the customer. As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a production basis, an inventory adjustment is made to reflect the portion of production not yet recognized as revenue.
















(iii) This adjustment reflects the costs associated with the temporary suspension of mining activities at the Company's mine sites in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and includes primarily payroll and other incidental costs associated with maintaining the sites and properties, and payroll costs associated with employees who were not working during the period of reduced or suspended operations. These expenses also include payroll costs of employees who could not work following the period of temporary suspension or reduced operations due to the Company's effort to prevent or curtail community transmission of COVID-19. These costs were previously classified as "other adjustments" and have now been disclosed separately to provide additional detail on the reconciliation, allowing investors to better understand the impacts of such events on the cash operating costs per ounce and minesite cost per tonne.
















(iv) Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of IAS 16. This adjustment eliminates the effects of the retrospective application of IAS 16 amendments on the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product and co-product).
















(v) On February 2, 2022 the Company announced the completion of the merger of equals with Kirkland and this adjustment reflects the fair value allocated to inventory on the purchase price equation.
















(vi) Other adjustments consists of costs associated with a 5% in-kind royalty paid by the Canadian Malartic mine, a 2% in-kind royalty paid by the Detour Lake mine, smelting, refining and marketing charges to production costs.
















(vii) The Meliadine mine's cost calculations per ounce of gold produced for the three months ended March 31, 2021 exclude 8,123 ounces of payable gold production which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production at the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit on August 15, 2021.
















(viii) The Meliadine mine's cost calculations per tonne for the three months ended March 31, 2021 exclude 77,037 tonnes of ore from the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit which were processed prior to the achievement of commercial production at the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit on August 15, 2021.
















(ix) The Creston Mascota mine's cost calculations per tonne for the three months ended March 31, 2022 exclude approximately $0.5 million of production costs incurred during these periods following the ceasing of mining activities at the Bravo pit during the third quarter of 2020. The Creston Mascota mine's cost calculations per tonne for the three months ended March 31, 2021 exclude approximately $2.4 million of production costs incurred during these periods following the ceasing of mining activities at the Bravo pit during the third quarter of 2020.








 

Reconciliation of Production Costs to Total Cash Costs per Ounce Produced(vii) and All-in Sustaining Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced(vii)






Three Months Ended

March 31,

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

2022


2021

Production costs per the condensed interim consolidated statements of income

$        661,735


$        417,376

Gold production (ounces)(i)

660,604


508,681

Production costs per ounce of adjusted gold production

$            1,002


$               821

Adjustments:




   Inventory adjustments(ii)

10


(6)

   Purchase price allocation to inventory(iii)

(172)


   IAS 16 amendments(iv)


(10)

   Realized gains and losses on hedges of production costs

(6)


(20)

   Operational care and maintenance costs due to COVID-19(v)

(2)


   Other(vii)

22


12

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

$               854


$               797

   By-product metal revenues

(43)


(63)

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

$               811


$               734

Adjustments:




   Sustaining capital expenditures (including capitalized exploration)

151


175

   General and administrative expenses (including stock option expense)

102


88

   Non-cash reclamation provision and sustaining leases(viii)

15


10

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

$            1,079


$            1,007

   By-product metal revenues

43


63

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

$            1,122


$            1,070









Notes:

(i) Gold production for the three months ended March 31, 2021 exclude 8,123 ounces of payable production of gold at the Meliadine mine which were produced prior to the achievement of commercial production at the Tiriganiaq open pit deposit on August 15, 2021.

(ii) Under the Company's revenue recognition policy, revenue from contracts with customers is recognized upon the transfer of control over metals sold to the customer. As the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced are calculated on a production basis, an inventory adjustment is made to reflect the portion of production not yet recognized as revenue.

(iii) On February 2, 2022 the Company announced the completion of the merger of equals with Kirkland and this adjustment reflects the fair value allocated to inventory on the purchase price allocation.

(iv) Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of IAS 16. This adjustment eliminates the effects of the retrospective application of IAS 16 amendments on the total cash costs per ounce of gold produced (by-product and co-product) as well as all-in sustaining costs (by-product and co-product).

(v) This adjustment reflects the costs associated with the temporary suspension of mining activities at the Company's mine sites in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which primarily includes payroll and other incidental costs associated with maintaining the sites and properties, and payroll costs associated with employees who were not working during the period of reduced or suspended operations. These costs were previously classified as "other adjustments" and have now been disclosed separately to provide additional detail on the reconciliation, allowing investors to better understand the impacts of such events on the cash operating costs per ounce and minesite cost per tonne.

(vi) Other adjustments includesconsists of costs associated with a 5% in-kind royalty paid by the addition ofCanadian Malartic mine, a 2% in-kind royalty paid by the Detour Lake mine, smelting, refining and marketing charges to production costs.

(vii) The total cash costs per ounce of gold produced is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. See ''Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures — Total Cash Costs per Ounce of Gold Produced and Minesite Costs per Tonne'' for more information on the Company's use of total cash cost per ounce of gold produced.

(viii) Sustaining leases are lease payments related to sustaining assets.

 

Reconciliation of Operating Margin(i) to Net Income


Three Months Ended March 31, 2022


Revenues from






Mining


Production


Operating


Operations


Costs


Margin







LaRonde mine 

$          149,405


$           (45,841)


$          103,564

LaRonde Zone 5 mine 

33,389


(16,733)


16,656

Canadian Malartic mine(ii) 

136,239


(56,937)


79,302

Goldex mine 

63,335


(26,217)


37,118

Detour Lake mine 

248,023


(119,965)


128,058

Macassa mine 

56,469


(32,314)


24,155

Meliadine mine 

162,958


(78,679)


84,279

Meadowbank Complex 

91,513


(96,711)


(5,198)

Hope Bay mine 

144



144

Fosterville mine 

194,857


(88,001)


106,856

Kittila mine 

95,562


(49,451)


46,111

Pinos Altos mine 

51,967


(32,536)


19,431

Creston Mascota mine 

1,792


(615)


1,177

La India mine 

40,035


(17,735)


22,300

Segment totals 

$       1,325,688


$           (661,735)


$          663,953

Corporate and other:






Exploration and corporate development 

65,842

Amortization of property, plant, and mine development 

260,748

General and administrative 

67,542

Finance costs 

22,653

Loss (gain) on derivative financial instruments 

(28,664)

Environmental remediation 

(2,299)

Foreign currency translation loss 

1,210

Care and maintenance 

10,456

Other expenses 

91,898

Income and mining taxes expense 

64,815

Net income per consolidated interim condensed statements of income 

$          109,752







Notes:






(i) Operating margin is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance" for more information on the Company's use of operating margin.

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

 

Reconciliation of Operating Margin(i) to Net Income


Three Months Ended March 31, 2021


Revenues from






Mining


Production


Operating


Operations


Costs


Margin







LaRonde mine 

$          145,070


$            (51,342)


$            93,728

LaRonde Zone 5 mine 

25,283


(12,685)


12,598

Canadian Malartic mine(ii) 

159,216


(55,468)


103,748

Goldex mine 

61,252


(22,513)


38,739

Meliadine mine(iii) 

175,956


(64,740)


111,216

Meadowbank Complex 

137,289


(87,339)


49,950

Hope Bay mine 

35,305


(24,075)


11,230

Kittila mine 

107,363


(48,660)


58,703

Pinos Altos mine 

58,424


(31,998)


26,426

Creston Mascota mine 

10,051


(2,417)


7,634

La India mine 

34,414


(16,139)


18,275

Segment totals  

$          949,623


$          (417,376)


$          532,247

Corporate and other:


Exploration and corporate development 

28,709

Amortization of property, plant, and mine development 

177,793

General and administrative 

44,933

Finance costs 

22,168

Gain on derivative financial instruments 

21,066

Environmental remediation 

(628)

Foreign currency translation gain 

(3,078)

Other income 

(1,881)

Income and mining taxes expense 

97,926

Net income per consolidated interim condensed statements of income 

$          145,239







Notes:






(i) Operating margin is not a recognized measure under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to data reported by other gold producers. See "Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance" for more information on the Company's use of operating margin.

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

(iii) Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of IAS 16.

 

Reconciliation of Sustaining Capital Expenditures(i) and Development Capital Expenditures(i) to the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


Three Months Ended

March 31,


2022


2021

Sustaining capital expenditures(i)(ii)

$                    101,726


$                    100,886

Development capital expenditures(i)

148,359


72,413

Total Capital Expenditures

$                    250,085


$                    173,299

Working capital adjustments

43,066


18,842

Additions to property, plant and mine development per the consolidated statements of cash flows

$                    293,151


$                    192,141





Note:




(i) Sustaining capital expenditures and development capital expenditures are not recognized measures under IFRS and this data may not be comparable to other gold producers.  See "Note on Certain Measures of Performance" for more information on the Company's use of sustaining capital expenditures and development capital expenditures.

(ii) Certain previously reported line items have been restated to reflect the retrospective application of IAS 16.

 

Reconciliation of Long-Term Debt to Net Debt



As at



As at



March 31, 2022



December 31, 2021

Current portion of long-term debt per the interim consolidated balance sheets

$

225,000


$

225,000

Non-current portion of long-term debt


1,340,715



1,340,223

Long-term debt

$

1,565,715


$

1,565,223

Adjustments






Cash and cash equivalents

$

(1,061,995)


$

(185,786)

Net Debt

$

503,720


$

1,379,437

 

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