Agnico Eagle hungry for fresh deals after Osisko

Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) is seeking to enhance its presence in Latin America after teaming up with fellow Canadian gold miner Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) to buy Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK) in a friendly $3.4 billion deal.

Agnico now wants to add assets in Mexico or another country through smaller deals that would possibly lower the company’s average costs while increasing a project’s value, Chief Executive Officer Sean Boyd told Bloomberg.

The cash-and-stock bid for Osisko beat an earlier hostile offer by Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) (NYSE:GG) and gave each of the acquirers a 50% stake in the Montreal-based company, which operates the low-cost Malartic gold mine in Quebec.

The deal is the largest in Toronto-based Agnico’s 57-year history and the biggest in the industry since 2010.

Agnico stock has advanced 41% in Toronto this year, according to Bloomberg, which says the miner’s first-quarter earnings, less one-time items, have more than doubled analyst estimates.

Merger and acquisition activity in the sector declined in 2013 to its worst total deal value in a decade as the price of gold plunged.

Such activity has rebounded this year with the gold price recovering.

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