Over-allotment option fully exercised on Pan American Silver's public offering of common shares

VANCOUVER, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ: PAAS; TSX: PAA) (the "Company") announced today that the syndicate of underwriters for its previously announced public offering of common shares (the "Offering") have exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 831,000 common shares at a price of US$16.25 per share.

The gross proceeds from this exercise of the over-allotment option total approximately US$13.5 million. Gross proceeds from both the Offering and the exercise of the over-allotment option total approximately US$103.5 million. Closing of the Offering (including the issuance of common share upon the exercise of the over-allotment option) is scheduled for February 12, 2009.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the Offering and the exercise of the over-allotment option to fund acquisitions, development programs on acquired mineral properties, working capital requirements and for other general corporate purposes.

Goldman Sachs Canada Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. are acting as co-lead managers and joint book runners of the Offering and UBS Securities Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Salman Partners Inc. and Canaccord Capital Corporation, are acting as co-managers of the Offering.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy common shares nor shall there be any sale of such securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Pan American Silver

Pan American Silver's mission is to be the world's largest and lowest cost primary silver mining company by increasing its low cost silver production and silver reserves. The Company has eight operating mines in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation reform act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements and information include, but are not limited to, statements as to the prospects of the offering's completion and the use of proceeds from such offering. the Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation to, update such forward-looking statements or information, other than as required by applicable law.

Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Pan American and its operations to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of silver, gold, base metals or certain other commodities (such as natural gas, fuel oil and electricity); fluctuations in the currency markets (such as the Peruvian sole, Mexican peso Argentine peso and Bolivian Boliviano versus the U.S. dollar); changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, the United States or other countries in which the Company may carry on business in the future; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected geological formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards; employee relations; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labor; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as properties are mined; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions; and challenges to the Company's title to properties; as well as those factors described in the section "risk related to Pan American's business" contained in the Company's most recent form 40f/annual information form filed with the sec and canadian securities regulatory authorities. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause results to be materially different from those anticipated, described, estimated, assessed or intended. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

SOURCE Pan American Silver Corp.



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