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Lundin Mining Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 -- Lundin Mining Corporation (TSX:LUN)(OMX:LUMI) ("Lundin Mining" or the "Company") today reported net earnings of $42.1 million ($0.07 per share) for the quarter and $136.7 million ($0.23 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2013. Cash flows of $53.9 million were generated from operations in the quarter and $153.7 million for the year, not including the Company's significant attributable cash flows from Tenke Fungurume of $141.8 million.

Paul Conibear, President and CEO commented, "We are pleased with our financial performance in 2013. Throughout the year, we focused on achieving reliable operating results and capital investment discipline on relatively low-risk, attractive return growth projects while maintaining a strong balance sheet. Our strategy remains unchanged for 2014, and we look forward to delivering another strong year of performance from all of our operations and bringing the high grade Eagle mine on stream by year end."


Summary financial results for the quarter and year-to-date:                 
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                                             Three months     Twelve months 
                                                 ended            ended     
                                              December 31      December 31  
US$ Millions (except per share amounts)        2013    2012     2013    2012
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Sales                                         186.9  176.4     727.8   721.1
Operating earnings(1)                          66.9   51.8     243.1   308.7
Net earnings/(loss)                            42.1  (17.1)    136.7   123.2
Basic earnings per share                       0.07  (0.03)     0.23    0.21
Cash flow from operations                      53.9   49.4     153.7   194.0
Ending cash position                          116.6  275.1     116.6   275.1
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(1) Operating earnings is a non-GAAP measure defined as sales, less         
operating costs (excluding depreciation) and general and administrative     
costs.                                                                      

Operational Highlights

Wholly-owned operations: Copper and nickel production exceeded the high end of our production guidance, while zinc and lead met our overall targets. Higher throughput at Neves-Corvo resulted in better than expected copper production, while nickel and copper production at Aguablanca was assisted by better than expected throughput, grades and recoveries.


--  Neves-Corvo produced 56,544 tonnes of copper and an annual record of
    53,382 tonnes of zinc in 2013. Operational improvements generated higher
    throughput levels, but slightly lower recoveries resulted in lower
    copper production compared with the prior year. The 2012 zinc plant
    expansion and initial mining of the higher grade Lombador deposit
    generated record zinc metal production in 2013. Copper cash costs(1) of
    $1.90/lb for the year were in line with latest guidance ($1.90/lb), but
    higher than the prior year ($1.79/lb). 
--  At Zinkgruvan, zinc and lead production for the year of 71,366 and
    32,874 tonnes, respectively, were negatively impacted by paste backfill
    and local ground control issues resulting in lower production than the
    prior year and slightly lower volumes than expected. Cash costs for zinc
    of $0.32/lb were slightly higher than latest guidance ($0.30/lb) and the
    prior year ($0.13lb), largely as a result of lower volumes. 
--  Aguablanca had strong production performance throughout the year,
    generating 7,574 tonnes of nickel and 6,242 tonnes of copper, well above
    guidance. Cash costs of $3.78/lb of nickel for the year benefited from
    higher production levels and was significantly below guidance of
    $4.50/lb. 

Tenke: Tenke continued to perform well, setting an annual production record, despite experiencing power interruptions in the second half of the year.


--  Lundin's attributable share of annual production included 50,346 tonnes
    of copper cathode and 3,060 tonnes of cobalt in hydroxide, exceeding
    copper production guidance of 50,000 tonnes. The Company's attributable
    share of Tenke's sales included 49,404 tonnes of copper at an average
    realized price of $3.21/lb and 2,784 tonnes of cobalt at an average
    realized price of $8.02/lb. 
--  Attributable operating cash flow from Tenke for 2013 was $168.4 million.
    Cash distributions of $141.8 million were received by Lundin Mining in
    the year, consistent with guidance provided at the beginning of 2013. 
--  Operating cash costs for the year were $1.21/lb of copper sold, slightly
    better than latest guidance of $1.24/lb and prior year's cost of
    $1.23/lb. 

Financial Highlights


--  Operating earnings for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $243.1
    million, a decrease of $65.6 million from the $308.7 million reported in
    2012. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower realized metal
    prices and prior period price adjustments ($58.8 million), lower sales
    volumes ($18.8 million), unfavourable exchange rates ($12.0 million),
    and a change in sales mix ($9.5 million), partially offset by higher
    operating earnings from a full year of production at Aguablanca ($38.4
    million). 
--  For the year ended December 31, 2013, sales of $727.8 million increased
    $6.7 million from the prior year ($721.1 million) which was mainly as a
    result of the restart of operations at Aguablanca ($91.9 million),
    offset by lower realized metal prices and prior period price
    adjustments, lower overall sales volume, and a change in sales mix. 
--  Average London Metal Exchange ("LME") metal prices for copper, zinc, and
    nickel for the year ended December 31, 2013 were lower (2% - 14%) than
    that of the prior year, while lead prices improved slightly (4%) in
    2013. 
--  Operating costs (excluding depreciation) of $461.2 million in the
    current year were $76.2 million higher than the prior year of $385.0
    million largely as a result of the restart of operations at Aguablanca
    ($53.8 million), higher net per unit production costs ($10.4 million)
    and unfavourable foreign exchange rates ($12.0 million). 
--  Net earnings of $136.7 million ($0.23 per share) in the current year
    were $13.5 million higher than the $123.2 million ($0.21 per share)
    reported in 2012.
    
    Excluding the after-tax impairment loss of $62.1 million recorded in
    2012 related to Aguablanca, net earnings in 2013 were $48.6 million
    lower than 2012. Earnings were impacted by: 
    --  lower operating earnings primarily due to lower realized metal
        prices and sales volumes ($65.6 million); and 
    --  higher depreciation, depletion and amortization expense ($25.8
        million) as a result of higher production at Neves-Corvo and the
        restart of production at Aguablanca; offset by 
    --  investment tax credits of $14.3 million received at Neves-Corvo; 
    --  $15.1 million in insurance proceeds for business interruption at the
        Aguablanca mine received in the current year (2012: $7.9 million);
        and 
    --  lower exploration and business development expenditures ($22.4
        million). 
--  Cash flow from operations for the year was $153.7 million compared to
    $194.0 million for 2012. The comparative decrease in the cash flow is
    mostly attributable to lower operating earnings. 

Corporate Highlights


--  On March 29, 2013, the Company announced completion of the acquisition
    of 24% of the Kokkola cobalt refinery located in Finland and the related
    sales and marketing business ("Freeport Cobalt"), which now provides
    direct end-market access for the cobalt hydroxide production from Tenke.
    
    The Company holds an effective 24% ownership interest in Freeport
    Cobalt, with Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. ("Freeport", or "FCX")
    acting as operator holding a 56% ownership interest, and La Generale des
    Carrieres et des Mines ("Gecamines"), the Congolese state mining
    company, holding a 20% interest in Freeport Cobalt.
    
    The total consideration paid by the Freeport/Lundin partnership was $348
    million, excluding cash acquired. Under the terms of the agreement,
    there is the potential for additional consideration of up to $110
    million over a period of three years from acquisition date, contingent
    upon the achievement of revenue-based performance targets. Lundin
    Mining's share of the investment, including acquired cash, was $116.3
    million based on a 30%/70% split with Freeport, which amounts will be
    repaid prior to any shareholder distributions. 
--  On July 17, 2013, the Company completed the acquisition of the high
    grade Eagle nickel/copper underground mine and associated Humboldt mill
    ("Eagle Project" or "Eagle") from Rio Tinto Nickel Company, a subsidiary
    of Rio Tinto plc ("Rio Tinto"). The Eagle Project is located in the
    Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA. Total consideration paid was $314.9
    million, consisting of a $250.0 million purchase amount plus project
    expenditures from January 1, 2013 until transaction closing of $64.9
    million. The Company drew down $200 million on its revolving credit
    facility and utilized cash on hand to fund this acquisition. 
--  On September 10, 2013, the Company reported its Mineral Reserve and
    Resource estimates as at June 30, 2013, and filed an independent
    National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for its Eagle nickel/copper
    project on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) on July 26, 2013. The Neves-Corvo and
    Zinkgruvan mines had increases in total Mineral Reserves from prior
    year's estimates. 
--  On October 7, 2013, the Company completed amendments to its credit
    agreement to provide for a new term loan of $250 million and an
    extension on the maturity of the existing $350 million revolving credit
    facility to October 2017. This arrangement is expected to provide a very
    flexible, cost effective funding package to support completion of
    construction of the Eagle Project. See press releases entitled "Lundin
    Mining Secures Commitments for Eagle Project Funding", dated September
    16, 2013 and "Lundin Mining Completes $600 Million Debt Facilities for
    Eagle Project Funding", dated October 7, 2013. 

Financial Position and Financing


--  Net debt(2) position at December 31, 2013 was $112.1 million compared to
    a net cash position of $265.1 million at December 31, 2012. 
--  The $377.2 million decrease in net cash during the year was primarily
    attributable to the acquisitions of Eagle ($318.0 million, including
    acquisition costs of $3.1 million) and Freeport Cobalt ($116.3 million)
    and investments in mineral properties, plant and equipment of $243.7
    million. These uses of cash were offset by cash flow from operations of
    $153.7 million and distributions from Tenke of $141.8 million. 
--  The Company has corporate term and revolving debt facilities available
    for borrowing up to $600 million. At December 31, 2013 the Company had
    $240.3 million committed against these facilities, leaving debt capacity
    of $359.7 million available for future drawdowns.  

Outlook

2014 Production and Cost Guidance


--  Production guidance for the three-year period of 2014 through 2016 for
    wholly-owned operations remains unchanged from the guidance provided on
    December 4, 2013 (see news release entitled "Lundin Mining Provides
    Operating Outlook for 2014-2016"). 
--  Guidance on Tenke's production and cash cost has been updated to reflect
    the most recent guidance provided by Freeport. 
--  Production and cash cost guidance for 2014 are as follows: 


                                                                  
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(contained tonnes)                          Tonnes   Cash Costs(a)
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Copper             Neves-Corvo     50,000 - 55,000        $1.90/lb
                    Zinkgruvan       3,000 - 4,000                
                    Aguablanca       5,000 - 6,000                
                         Eagle       2,000 - 3,000                
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                  Wholly-owned     60,000 - 68,000                
                Tenke(@24%)(b)              48,400        $1.28/lb
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            Total attributable   108,400 - 116,400                
Zinc               Neves-Corvo     60,000 - 65,000                
                    Zinkgruvan     75,000 - 80,000        $0.35/lb
          --------------------------------------------------------
                         Total   135,000 - 145,000                
Lead               Neves-Corvo       2,000 - 2,500                
                    Zinkgruvan     27,000 - 30,000                
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                         Total     29,000 - 32,500                
Nickel              Aguablanca       6,000 - 7,000        $4.50/lb
                         Eagle       2,000 - 3,000                
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                         Total      8,000 - 10,000                
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 (a) Cash costs remain dependent upon exchange rates (forecast at           
     EUR/USD:1.30, USD/SEK:6.50) and metal prices (forecast at Cu: $3.15/lb,
     Zn: $0.87/lb, Pb: $1.00/lb, Ni: $6.50/lb, Co: $12.00/lb).              
 (b) Freeport has provided 2014 sales and cash costs guidance. Tenke's 2014 
     production is assumed to approximate Freeport's sales guidance         
     provided.                                                              

--  Neves-Corvo: Copper production is expected to be maintained above 50,000
    tonnes per annum with an increasing zinc by-product credit. The
    production forecast assumes that the zinc plant will be used exclusively
    to process zinc ore, though the plant has already proven to have the
    flexibility to process either zinc or copper ores. 
--  Zinkgruvan: Zinc production is expected to remain relatively steady, as
    plans to increase throughput by investment in a new front end of the
    concentrator have been deferred indefinitely. 
--  Aguablanca: The Company has approved development of the underground
    project which is expected to result in production continuing until 2018.
    Total capital expenditures for the project are expected to be
    approximately $30 million spread over the period 2014 - 2017. Economics
    of the underground project are expected to be very attractive with a
    rapid payback period, even at current depressed nickel prices. 
--  Eagle: The project remains on schedule and budget. Shipment of the first
    saleable concentrates of copper and nickel are expected to occur in the
    fourth quarter of 2014. 
--  Tenke: Freeport expects sales of copper in 2014 to be largely consistent
    with that of 2013, with copper cathode sales of approximately 202,000
    tonnes, and an increase in cobalt sales to 13,600 tonnes. 

2014 Capital Expenditure Guidance


--  Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to be $460 million including
    Eagle and excluding Tenke (compared to $244 million in 2013, on the same
    basis). Major capital investments for 2014 are as follows: 
--  Sustaining capital in European operations - $100 million (2013: $100
    million), consisting of approximately $55 million for Neves-Corvo, $40
    million for Zinkgruvan and $5 million across other sites. 
--  New investment capital in European operations - $60 million (2013: $46
    million), consisting of: 
    --  Lombador Phase I - $38 million: For underground vertical and
        horizontal development and associated mine infrastructure related to
        the development of the upper Lombador ore bodies for future high
        grade zinc and copper production. 
    --  Lombador Phase II and underground drilling - $6 million: For
        horizontal development and ongoing exploration drilling in the lower
        parts of the Lombador ore bodies. 
    --  Neves-Corvo zinc plant expansion and shaft upgrade project studies -
        $5 million: For the installation of a zinc tailings recovery circuit
        and further studies on increasing the capacity of the main Santa
        Barbara hoisting shaft. 
    --  Aguablanca underground mining project - $10 million: For ramp and
        initial ore body development and the installation of associated mine
        infrastructure. 
--  New investment in Eagle Project - $300 million (2013: $98 million) to
    complete construction of the Humboldt mill and Eagle mine. 
--  New investment in Tenke - $50 million (2013: $62 million), estimated by
    the Company as its share of the remaining Phase II expansion costs and
    other expansion related initiatives and sustaining capital funding for
    2014. All of the capital expenditures are expected to be self-funded by
    cash flow from Tenke operations.
    
    If current metal prices and operating conditions prevail and
    construction of future phases of expansion are not commenced in 2014,
    the Company believes it is reasonable to expect Lundin's attributable
    cash distributions from Tenke to be in the range of $130 to $150 million
    in 2014. 

Exploration Investment


--  Total exploration expenses for 2014 (excluding Tenke) are estimated to
    be $40 million (2013: $34 million). These expenditures will be
    principally directed towards underground and surface mine exploration at
    Neves-Corvo, Zinkgruvan and Eagle, and on select greenfields exploration
    programs and new business development activities in South America and
    Eastern Europe. 

About Lundin Mining

Lundin Mining Corporation is a diversified Canadian base metals mining company with operations and development projects in Portugal, Sweden and Spain and the US, producing copper, zinc, lead and nickel. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a 24% equity stake in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Freeport Cobalt Oy business, which includes a cobalt refinery located in Kokkola, Finland.

On Behalf of the Board,

Paul Conibear, President and CEO

Forward Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act. This report includes, but is not limited to, forward looking statements with respect to the Company's estimated full year metal production, cash costs, exploration expenditures, and capital expenditures, as noted in the Outlook section and elsewhere in this document. These estimates and other forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to the estimated cash costs, timing and amount of production from the Eagle Project, cost estimates for the Eagle Project, foreign currency fluctuations; risks inherent in mining including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological formations, ground control problems and flooding; risks associated with the estimation of mineral resources and reserves and the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; the potential for and effects of labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or shortages of labour or interruptions in production; actual ore mined varying from estimates of grade, tonnage, dilution and metallurgical and other characteristics; the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations; uncertain political and economic environments; changes in laws or policies, foreign taxation, delays or the inability to obtain necessary governmental permits; litigation risks; and other risks and uncertainties, including those described under Risk Factors Relating to the Company's Business in the Company's Annual Information Form and in each Management's Discussion and Analysis. Forward-looking information may also be based on other various assumptions including, without limitation, the expectations and beliefs of management, the assumed long term price of copper, zinc, lead and nickel; that the Company can access financing, appropriate equipment and sufficient labour and that the political environment where the Company operates will continue to support the development and operation of mining projects. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

(1) Cash cost/lb of copper, zinc or nickel are non-GAAP measures defined as all cash costs directly attributable to mining operating, less royalties and by-product credits.

(2) Net cash/debt is a non-GAAP measure defined as available unrestricted cash less long-term debt and finance leases.

Contacts:
Lundin Mining Corporation
Sophia Shane
Investor Relations North America
+1-604-689-7842

Lundin Mining Corporation
John Miniotis
Senior Manager, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
+1-416-342-5565

Lundin Mining Corporation
Robert Eriksson
Investor Relations Sweden
+46 8 545 015 50

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