Aurizon Announces Consent Order by BC Securities Commission That Allows Aurizon's Shareholder Rights Plan to Continue Until

Aurizon Announces Consent Order by BC Securities Commission That Allows 
Aurizon's Shareholder Rights Plan to Continue Until March 4,
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/18/13 -- The Board
of Directors of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ)(NYSE MKT:AZK) ("Aurizon"
or the "Company") announced today that the British Columbia
Securities Commission (the "BCSC") has granted an order that was
consented to by both Aurizon and Alamos Gold Inc. ("Alamos") that
will allow Aurizon's shareholder rights plan (the "Rights Plan") to
continue until March 4, 2013, after which time it will be cease
Mr. George Brack, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Board of
Directors of Aurizon said, "given that multiple parties have entered
into confidentiality agreements with the Company and are continuing
the due diligence process and making site visits, we are pleased to
have the additional time provided by the BCSC's consent order. We
believe that this additional time will allow us to complete our
process of identifying, evaluating and negotiating value-enhancing
alternatives to the Alamos offer." 
The BCSC's consent order follows an application by Alamos to the BCSC
to have the Rights Plan cease traded. Prior to the scheduled February
18, 2013 hearing date with the BCSC, Alamos offered to extend the
expiry of its unsolicited take-over bid offer for Aurizon until March
5, 2013, if Aurizon agreed to waive the Rights Plan before the new
March 5, 2013 expiry date. 
"After considering the status of our ongoing process to find
value-maximizing alternatives to the Alamos offer, and with the
benefit of advice from legal and financial advisors, the board of
directors concluded that it was in the best interests of Aurizon to
agree to the order," said George Brack. 
Aurizon continues to advise its shareholders not to tender to Alamos'
inadequate bid, which is subject to a number of conditions that have
yet to be satisfied, and to withdraw any shares that have already
been tendered. By tendering to Alamos' inadequate bid, shareholders
may forego the opportunity to benefit from any value-enhancing
alternative that may otherwise emerge from the Board of Directors'
ongoing efforts to maximize value described above. 
The reasons for the recommendation by the Board
 of Directors that
shareholders REJECT Alamos' unsolicited offer can be found in the
directors' circular of Aurizon dated January 22, 2013, which is
available on Aurizon's website at, on SEDAR at and on EDGAR at Aurizon shareholders are
advised to read the directors' circular in full, as it contains
important information regarding the Board of Directors'
recommendation to reject the Alamos offer. 
Shareholders who have tendered their shares to the Alamos offer and
who wish to obtain advice or assistance in withdrawing their shares
are urged to contact their broker or Georgeson, the information agent
retained by Aurizon, at one of the telephone numbers listed below. 
For assistance 
Shareholders who have questions or require any assistance can contact
Georgeson by calling toll free in North America at 1-888-605-7616,
calling collect from outside North America at 1-781-575-2422, or by
email at 
This document may contain forward-looking information or
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable
securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"),
including those regarding the identification, development and
negotiation of alternatives to the Alamos offer. These
forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions,
including as to the value of Aurizon's assets, that the process
initiated by the Board of Directors to explore alternatives to
maximize the value of Aurizon will proceed as currently contemplated
and that superior alternatives to present to Aurizon Shareholders
will be available and can be sufficiently advanced in the time
available. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements
herein will prove to be accurate and you should not place undue
reliance on them. Actual results and developments may differ
materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking
statements, including due to superior alternatives not being
available or being unable to be sufficiently advanced in the time
available and to those risks set forth in the Aurizon Directors'
Circular dated January 22, 2013 and Aurizon's Annual Information Form
dated March 30, 2012, which are available at Aurizon
specifically disclaims any obligation to reissue or update these
forward-looking statements as a result of new information or events
after the date hereof, except as may be required by law. 
About Aurizon 
Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on
developing its existing projects in the Abitibi region of
north-western Quebec, one of the world's most favourable mining
jurisdictions and prolific gold and base metal regions, and by
increasing its asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and
on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "AZK". Additional information on
Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at 
U.S. Registration (File 001-31893) 
News Release Issue No. 9-2013
Longview Communications - Media Contact:
Trevor Zeck
(604) 694-6037 
Longview Communications - Media Contact:
Louise Kozier
(604) 644-6090 
Aurizon Mines Ltd. - Investor Contact:
Jennifer North
Manager Investor Relations
604-687-6600 or Toll Free: 1-800-411-GOLD (4653) 
Aurizon Mines Ltd. - Investor Contact:
Investor Relations
604-687-6600 or Toll Free: 1-800-411-GOLD (4653)
604-687-3932 (FAX)
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