Filed by Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited

Pursuant to Rule 165 and Rule 425 under

the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended


Filing Company:   Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited

Commission File No. 001-13422

Dated:  February 14, 2007



Stock Symbol:



For further information:




David Smith; VP, Investor Relations




(416) 947-1212




John Lute, Media Contact




(416) 929-5883


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


For Immediate Release:




Analyst and Investor Conference Call at 11:00 am EST Today


Toronto (February 14, 2007) - Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cumberland Resources Ltd. (TSX and AMEX: CLG, “Cumberland”) under which Agnico-Eagle has agreed to make an exchange offer for all of the outstanding common shares of Cumberland not already owned by Agnico-Eagle. The Company currently owns 2,037,000, or 2.6%, of the outstanding shares of Cumberland on a fully diluted basis.


Cumberland owns 100% of the Meadowbank gold project, located in Nunavut. The project is currently under construction and has proven and probable reserves of 21.3 million tonnes, grading 4.2 grams per tonne, or 2.9 million ounces. Initial gold production is anticipated by Agnico-Eagle in early 2010. Annual gold production is estimated to average 400,000 ounces for the first four years and average 350,000 ounces per year over the life of the mine.


Terms of the Offer


                  Exchange of 0.185 of an Agnico-Eagle common share for each Cumberland share


                  Represents a 28.8% premium to Cumberland’s closing share price on February 13, 2007, or a 23.7% premium to the 20-day volume weighted average prices on the TSX for both companies from that date


                  Values Cumberland at approximately C$710 million based on 80.0 million fully diluted common shares outstanding, and the closing price on February 13, 2007


                  Transaction approved by the Boards of Agnico-Eagle and Cumberland


                  Directors and Officers of Cumberland, representing approximately 10.5% of the fully diluted common shares outstanding, have agreed to tender their shares in an agreement with Agnico-Eagle




Highlights of the Offer


If the acquisition is completed, Agnico-Eagle expects:


                  its proforma gold reserves to increase by 28% to 13.3 million ounces, 82% of which are located in Canada;


                  its projected gold production to rise a further 39% in 2010 to approximately 1.3 million ounces;


                  its proforma cash position to increase to over $550 million, with no additional funding expected to be required to build its pipeline of five development projects; and


                  construction of the Meadowbank project to be supervised by Agnico-Eagle’s Quebec based technical team


“The acquisition of Cumberland is expected to enhance our already significant gold production and reserve growth and is a logical next step in our strategy of building a premier international gold growth company. The transaction is expected to be accretive to our underlying net asset value, cash flow per share and reserves per share. Furthermore, we anticipate that the Meadowbank project’s substantial reserve base will grow as we accelerate the exploration program in 2007.”  said Sean Boyd, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agnico-Eagle. “This offer enables Cumberland’s shareholders to participate not only in the development of Meadowbank, but also in LaRonde’s production and the development of Agnico-Eagle’s current project pipeline of five gold mines” added Mr. Boyd.


Cumberland Board and Officers Support Offer


The Board of Directors of Cumberland recommends that Cumberland shareholders accept this offer. The recommendation of the Cumberland Board is supported by a fairness opinion from their financial advisor, Genuity Capital Markets. In addition, a special committee of the Board of Directors of Cumberland received a fairness opinion from their financial advisor, Dundee Securities Corporation. The Cumberland Directors and Officers have also committed to tender their shares to the offer under the terms of an agreement with Agnico-Eagle.


Agnico-Eagle has engaged Orion Securities Inc. and Merrill Lynch Canada as financial advisors in connection with the offer.


Under certain circumstances, if the transaction does not proceed to completion, Agnico-Eagle will be entitled to receive a fee of C$21 million, or approximately 3% of the implied transaction value.


Consistent, and Conservative, Strategy of Creating Value for Shareholders


Agnico-Eagle has maintained a conservative and consistent strategy over its 35-year history. The Company has grown through a series of smaller, friendly, acquisitions and discoveries following periods of detailed research and due diligence.


This acquisition is consistent with Agnico-Eagle’s strategy. It has:




                  Exploration upside suggesting the development of a long term mining “camp”


                  Low political risk in a supportive, mining friendly region of Canada


                  Proposed mining and processing plans which are very straightforward


                  Major permits already in place


                  Minor shareholder dilution of approximately 10%, with no new financing required to build the project


                  A timeline for construction matching the availability of the Company’s proven mine building team


Agnico-Eagle is anticipating a long-term, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationship with the people and government of Nunavut, drawing on its experience over the past 35 years in Quebec.


Indicative Offer Timing


As soon as practicable, the formal offer and take-over documentation will be mailed to the shareholders of Cumberland. The offer will be open for acceptance for a minimum of 35 days following the date of the mailing. The offer will be subject to certain conditions of completion including: absence of material adverse changes; acceptance of the offer by Cumberland’s shareholders owning not less than two-thirds of the Cumberlandcommon shares on a fully diluted basis; and the absence of an event that materially affects the financial markets. Once the two-thirds acceptance level is met, Agnico-Eagle intends to take steps to acquire all outstanding Cumberlandcommon shares.


Meadowbank: A Growing Gold Deposit in a Promising Camp


The Meadowbank gold project is a construction stage, high-grade, open pit gold deposit. The deposit is located approximately 70 kilometres north of the port town of Baker Lake, Nunavut. A 110-kilometre road, once completed, will provide year round access from Baker Lake to the minesite. Meadowbank will also be served by a 1,600-metre airstrip in addition to the public airport located at Baker Lake.


The project covers an area of 30,521 hectares and consists of 10 Crown mining leases encompassing 7,395 hectares and three exploration concessions administered by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. encompassing 23,126 hectares. All leases and concessions are held 100% by Cumberland.


A location map, and other pertinent information may be viewed by pasting the following internet address into a web browser.


The geology of Meadowbank is similar to the prolific Precambrian greenstone belt geology and topography of Agnico-Eagle’s land package in the Abitibi region of Quebec and the Company’s Kittila project in Lapland, Finland.




Agnico-Eagle is evaluating the possibility of increasing the capacity of the planned processing facility to 8,500 tonnes per day from the currently contemplated 7,500 tonnes per day. Agnico-Eagle’s preliminary estimates for capital expenditures to bring the project into production are C$375 million. An additional C$65 million of capital is estimated to be spent over the eight-year mine life. The average production rate is anticipated to be 350,000 ounces of gold per year, with peak production in the range of  400,000 ounces annually in the first four full years. Agnico-Eagle estimates total cash costs over the mine life to average approximately $250 per ounce.


While Agnico-Eagle is reviewing the planned capacity of the processing plant and mine plan, construction work will continue on infrastructure such as the road, fuel storage facilities, the site camp and also on the exploration drilling program.


The project will be supervised by Agnico-Eagle’s technical team, based in northwestern Quebec. The project timeline is a good fit with Agnico-Eagle’s existing project development schedule, since the team anticipates completing the construction of the Goldex and Lapa projects in 2008, immediately prior to the start of the construction of the surface facilities at Meadowbank.


Large Gold Reserve and Favourable Geology Indicates Exploration Upside


The Meadowbank drilling program is set to resume over the next month. Agnico-Eagle is reviewing the proposed 2007 exploration program and budget with a view to increasing the scope and scale of the work program. The objectives are to test the extension of the deposits at depth and along strike near the resource boundaries. However, the 2007 exploration program will also focus outside of the current resource envelope.


In the short term, Agnico-Eagle’s exploration objectives are twofold: increase the inferred and indicated resources via drilling on the main deposits and; restart the exploration program on the large land package where over forty gold occurrences have been discovered in the past years but have not been appropriately tested. With this program, Agnico-Eagle hopes to further increase the gold reserves of the orebody over the next several years.


Conference Call Today


Agnico-Eagle will host a conference call today at 11:00 A.M. (EST) to discuss the offer.


Via Telephone:
To participate in the conference call, please dial 416-644-3424 or Toll Free 1-800-595-8550. To ensure your participation, please call approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.


Via Webcast:
Additionally, a live audio webcast of the call will be available on the Company’s website homepage at


Replay archive:
Please dial the toll-free access number 1-877-289-8525, passcode 21219307#.




The conference call will be replayed from Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 2:00 PM (E.S.T.) to Friday, February 23, 2007 11:59 PM (E.S.T.).


The webcast along with presentation slides will be archived for 180 dayson the website.


About Agnico-Eagle


Agnico-Eagle is a long-established Canadian gold producer with operations located in northwestern Quebec and exploration and development activities in Canada, Finland, the United States and Mexico. Agnico-Eagle’s LaRonde Mine in Quebec is Canada’s largest gold deposit in terms of reserves. The Company has full exposure to higher gold prices consistent with its policy of no gold hedging. It has paid a cash dividend for 25 consecutive years.


U.S. Shareholders


This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase or sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase shares of Cumberland or Agnico-Eagle made to any person in the United States of America, its possessions and other areas subject to its jurisdiction or to, or for the account or benefit of, a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended). The offer will be made to these persons solely under the registration statement, offer to purchase, prospectus and other offer documents that Agnico-Eagle expects to file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. U.S. investors and securityholders are advised to read these documents carefully when they become available, because they will include important information regarding the offer. At that time, investors and stockholders may obtain a free copy of the offer to purchase, prospectus, the related letter of transmittal and certain other offer documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at Free copies of these documents can also be obtained by directing a request to Agnico-Eagle. YOU SHOULD READ THE OFFER TO PURCHASE, PROSPECTUS AND OTHER OFFER DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A DECISION CONCERNING THE OFFER.


Technical Data


Meadowbank open pit mineral reserves (Q4/2005) have been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101. Dr. Mike Armitage, Managing Director of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, is the independent Qualified Person responsible for preparation of stated reserves.


Meadowbank mineral resources (Q4/05) were prepared in accordance with the requirements set out in NI 43-101 under the direction of Dr. Mike Armitage, Managing Director of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, who is an independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101


The PDF deposit resource estimates (Aug. 2000) were prepared by Cumberland in accordance with standards outlined in National Instrument 43-101 and CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves (August 2000). James McCrea, P.Geo., Manager, Mineral Resources for Cumberland, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101. PDF deposit resources are not included in the feasibility study of the Meadowbank project.




The Cannu mineral resource estimate (Jan. 2007) was prepared in accordance with the requirements set out in NI 43-101 under the direction of Dr. Mike Armitage , Managing Director of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, who is an independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. The Cannu zone resources are not included in the feasibility study of the Meadowbank project.


To the best of Agnico-Eagle’s knowledge, the Cumberland estimate is relevant and reliable.


The terms “measured”, “indicated” and “inferred” mineral resources are terms recognized and required under Canadian securities legislation. United States investors are advised that the SEC does not recognize these terms. “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 all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated mineral resources will ever be converted into mineral reserves. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable.


Forward-Looking Statements


The information in this press release has been prepared as at February 14, 2007. Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward looking information under the provisions of Canadian provincial securities laws. When used in this document, words such as “expect”, “will”, “estimated”, “estimates”, “anticipated”, “believe”, “projected” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements or information.


Such statements and information include without limitation: statements regarding expectations as to the timing, completion and settlement of the offer to Cumberland’s stockholders; anticipated timing of exploration, development, construction and production of Cumberland’s and Agnico-Eagle’s minesites; anticipated exploration potential and estimated production amounts, including estimates of reserves and resources, of Cumberland’s minesites; estimates of capital expenditures and other cash needs;  estimates of mining costs, cash costs  and other operating costs and expenses; estimates of mine life; estimates of cash resources; anticipated impact of the acquisition on Agnico-Eagle’s earnings and results of operations; anticipated benefits to Cumberland’s stockholders; and other expected or anticipated benefits of the acquisition. Such statements and information reflect the Company’s views as at the date of this press release and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Many factors, known and unknown, could cause the actual results and final decisions to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements and information. Such risks include risks relating to acquisitions, including, without limitation, the parties may be unable to obtain regulatory




approvals required for the acquisition; the parties may be unable to complete the acquisition or completing the acquisition may be more costly than expected because, among other reasons, conditions to the closing of the acquisition may not be satisfied; problems may arise with the ability to successfully integrate the businesses of Agnico-Eagle and Cumberland; Agnico-Eagle may not be able to achieve the benefits from the acquisition or it may take longer than expected to achieve those benefits; and the acquisition may involve unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities. Other risks include, but are not limited to, the volatility of prices of gold and other metals; uncertainty of future production, capital expenditures, and other costs; currency fluctuations; financing of additional capital requirements; cost of exploration and development programs; mining risks; risks associated with foreign operations; and governmental and environmental regulation. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s Annual Information Form and Annual Report on Form 20-F, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2005, as well as the Company’s other filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements and information. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


Certain of the foregoing statements, primarily related to projects, are based on preliminary views of the Company with respect to, among other things, grade, tonnage, processing, mining methods, capital costs, and location of surface infrastructure and actual results and final decisions may be materially different from those currently anticipated.


Note to Investors Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


This press release presents estimates of future “total cash cost per ounce” which is not recognized measures under United States generally accepted accounting principles (“US GAAP”). This data may not be comparable to data presented by other gold producers. These future estimates are based upon the total cash costs per ounce that the Company expects to incur to mine gold at the applicable projects and 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 GAAP measure.