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Silver Wheaton Reports Record 2012 Operating And Financial Results

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_____________________________ [ 1] Production includes Goldcorp's four year commitment  to deliver to Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from their sale of San Dimas to Primero.

Developments Subsequent to 2012 Year End

Salobo and  Sudbury   - In February 2013, Silver Wheaton announced a deal with Vale S.A. to acquire 25% of the life of mine gold production from the Salobo Mine in Brazil and 70% of the gold production from its Canadian Sudbury mines for a 20-year term. The Salobo mine, the largest copper deposit ever found in Brazil, began operating in 2012 at a capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of mill throughput capacity.  The mine is already undergoing an expansion to 24 mtpa and is expected to produce approximately 70 thousand ounces of gold annually for Silver Wheaton for the first ten years of full production.  Sudbury is one of the largest nickel producing areas globally and has an operating history dating back to 1885.  Vale's integrated operations in Sudbury are amongst the largest in the world and are expected to contribute 50 thousand ounces of gold annually on average over the next 20 years.

2013 and Long-Term Silver Equivalent Production Forecast

Based upon its current agreements -- including the gold streams from Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines -- the Company forecasts 2013 attributable production of approximately 33.5 million silver equivalent ounces, including 145 thousand ounces of gold. This represents a 13% increase compared to 2012, which is primarily driven by a full year of production from Hudbay's 777 mine as well as the addition of gold production from Vale's Salobo and Sudbury mines.

By 2017, based upon its current agreements, annual attributable production is anticipated to increase by 79% to approximately 53 million silver equivalent ounces, including 180 thousand ounces of gold. The increase is the result of the anticipated ramp up of three new mines, including Barrick's Pascua-Lama project, Hudbay's Constancia project, and Augusta Resource's Rosemont project. The world-class Pascua-Lama project is forecast to commence production in mid-2014 and, in its first full five years of operation, will contribute approximately 9 million ounces of attributable silver production annually to Silver Wheaton.

Attributable mine-by-mine actual 2011 and 2012 production and forecast 2013 production are as follows:

                                                    Attributable Production[1],[2]
                                                     2011        2012        2013
                                                    Actual      Actual     Forecast

    Silver ounces produced (000's)
                           Peñasquito[3]             5,284       6,572       5,800
                           San Dimas[4]              5,585       5,905       6,500
                           Barrick[5]                2,980       2,696       1,700
                           Zinkgruvan                1,691       2,502       2,400
                           Yauliyacu                 2,548       2,412       2,500
                           Cozamin                   1,567       1,576       1,800
                           Other[6]                  4,902       5,231       5,100

                                                    24,557      26,894      25,800

    Gold ounces produced (000's)
                           Minto                      18.4        18.6          20
                           777                           -        31.4          70
                           Sudbury and Salobo            -           -          55
                                                      18.4        50.0         145

    Silver equivalent ounces produced (000's)[7]    25,374      29,571      33,500

    1) Ounces produced represent quantity of silver and gold contained in
       concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.
    2) Production figures are based on information provided by the operators
       of the mining operations to which the silver or gold interests relate
       or management estimates in those situations where other information is
       not available.
    3) Production at Peñasquito is lower in 2013 due to lower grades in the
       mine plan.
    4) Production includes Goldcorp's four year commitment to deliver to
       Silver Wheaton 1.5 million ounces of silver per annum resulting from
       their sale of San Dimas to Primero
    5) Comprised of the Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero silver interests.
       Production in 2013 is lower due to forecasted lower grades at Lagunas
       Norte and Veladero, and declining production from Pierina as Barrick
       waits for approval to commence pushback.
    6) Includes the Los Filos, Mineral Park, Neves-Corvo, Stratoni, Keno Hill,
       Campo Morado, Minto, 777 and Aljustrel silver interests.
    7) Gold ounces produced are converted to a silver equivalent basis on the
       ratio of the average silver price received to the average gold price
       received during the period from the assets that produce both gold and
       silver. For the 2013 forecast, a silver price of $30 and gold price of
       $1,600 were used for the silver equivalent conversion.

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