AGNICO-EAGLE ACQUIRES 77% OF RIDDARHYTTAN SHARES IN OFFER, INCREASING OWNERSHIP TO 91%; FURTHER EXTENDS BID TO OCTOBER 21, 2005
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Toronto, Canada (October 12, 2005) – Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited ("Agnico-Eagle") announced today that, to date, 81,425,363 shares of Riddarhyttan Resources AB (publ) ("Riddarhyttan") have been tendered to its offer to acquire all the outstanding shares of Riddarhyttan not owned by Agnico-Eagle, representing 77% of the outstanding shares and voting rights of Riddarhyttan. Together with the 14,763,669 shares already owned by Agnico-Eagle, representing 14.0% of the outstanding shares and voting rights of Riddarhyttan, Agnico-Eagle now owns an aggregate of 96,189,032 shares, or approximately 91% of the outstanding shares and voting rights of Riddarhyttan. All conditions for the completion of the offer have been satisfied and settlement of shares tendered to date is expected to occur on, or about, October 18, 2005. To enable those shareholders who have not yet tendered to participate in the offer, the offer has been further extended to 4:00 p.m. CET (10:00 a.m. EDT) on October 21, 2005. Riddarhyttan shares tendered during the new extension period are expected to settle on, or about, October 28, 2005. Agnico-Eagle previously announced a recommended exchange offer of 0.1137 shares of Agnico-Eagle for each outstanding share of Riddarhyttan not currently owned by Agnico-Eagle. The Board of Directors of Riddarhyttan unanimously recommended that Riddarhyttan shareholders accept this offer. Based upon the $14.47 closing price of Agnico-Eagle on the New York Stock Exchange and exchange rates on October 11, 2005, the offer is worth SEK 12.81 per Riddarhyttan share. On May 11, 2005, the last trading day before the announcement of the offer, the closing price per Riddarhyttan share on the Stockholm Stock Exchange was SEK 8.05. Riddarhyttan shareholders who have questions about the offer should contact Enskilda Securities, Nybrokajen 5, 103 36 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 52 22 95 00 or SEB, Issues & Part-ownership Programmes, Rissneleden 110, 106 40 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 639 2750. U.S. Information Agnico-Eagle has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form F-4 containing an offer document regarding the offer. This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase or sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase shares of Riddarhyttan or Agnico-Eagle 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 those persons solely under the offer document that is part of the registration statement. Investors and stockholders are advised to read the offer document and other documents relating to the offer carefully because they include important information regarding the offer. Investors and stockholders may obtain a free copy of the offer document and certain other documents relating to the offer from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Free copies of these documents can also be obtained by directing a request to Agnico-Eagle. YOU SHOULD READ THE OFFER DOCUMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE OFFER CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A DECISION CONCERNING THE OFFER. UK Information This press release has been approved solely for the purposes of Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 by Citigroup Global Markets Limited of Citigroup Centre, 33 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LB. Citigroup Global Markets Limited is acting for Agnico-Eagle and no one else in connection with the Offer and will not be responsible to any other person for providing the protections afforded to clients of Citigroup Global Markets Limited or for providing advice in relation to the Offer. Forward-Looking Statements 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. In this news release, the words "anticipate", "expect", "estimate", "forecast", "plan" and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements, including statements relating to the timing, completion and settlement of the offer, reflect Agnico-Eagle's views at this time with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the offer document filed as part of the Registration Statement on Form F-4 and in Agnico-Eagle's Annual Information Form and Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2004. Agnico-Eagle does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. Stock Symbols: AEM (NYSE) AGE (TSX) For further information: David Smith; Director, Investor Relations +1 416 947-1212