Uranium One Announces 28% Increase in Q2 2012 Production to 3.0 Million Pounds; Average Total Cash Costs of $16 per PoundCanada Newswire
TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Uranium One Inc. ("Uranium One") today reported quarterly revenue of $96.8 million for Q2 2012 based on sales of 1.9 million pounds at an average realized sales price of $52 per pound. Attributable production for the quarter was 3.0 million pounds at an average total cash cost per pound sold of $16.
Q2 2012 Highlights
OperationalTotal attributable production during Q2 2012 was 3.0 million pounds, 28% higher than total attributable production of 2.4millionpounds during Q2 2011.Record quarterly production achieved at South Inkai, Zarechnoye, Kharasan, Willow Creek and Honeymoon during Q2 2012.The average total cash cost per pound sold was $16 per pound during Q2 2012 compared to $15 per pound during Q2 2011.The Willow Creek Mine was successfully commissioned and reached commercially viable production levels during Q2 2012.Production of sulphuric acid commenced in July 2012 at the Corporation's SKZ-U joint venture.
FinancialAttributable sales volumes for Q2 2012 were 1.9 million pounds, compared to 2.0 million pounds sold during Q2 2011.Revenue was $96.8 million in Q2 2012, compared to $112.9 million in Q2 2011. The average realized sales price during Q22012 was $52per pound compared to $58 per pound in Q2 2011. The average spot price in Q2 2012 was $51 per pound.Earnings from mine operations were $40.1 million during Q2 2012, a 35% decrease compared to earnings from mine operations of $61.7million in Q2 2011.The net earnings for Q2 2012 were $29.2 million or $0.03 per share, compared to net earnings of $29.7 million or $0.03 per share for Q22011.The adjusted net earnings for Q2 2012 were $8.8 million or $0.01 per share, compared to adjusted net earnings of $27.5million or $0.03per share for Q2 2011.
CorporateAt its 36th Session in St. Petersburg, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved an application by the Tanzanian Government for a minor adjustment to the boundary of the Selous Game Reserve, removing the Mkuju River Project and an adjacent buffer zone from the Selous Game Reserve World Heritage Site.The Corporation signed a coordination agreement with ARMZ which sets out a framework for enhanced coordination and integration between the parties.The Corporation and Mitsui have negotiated the terms of Mitsui's withdrawal from the Honeymoon Joint Venture subject to required Australian regulatory approval, which is expected to be received in Q3 2012.
Chris Sattler, Chief Executive Officer of Uranium One, commented:
"Uranium One achieved another solid operational performance with record production from five of our mines during Q2 2012. We also achieved an important milestone with the commencement of commercial production from our Willow Creek mine in the United States."
OutlookThe uranium spot market continues to trade at stable levels, currently at $49 to $50 per pound on very thin volumes. Medium to longer term fundamentals continue to be positive. Japan has begun to slowly restart its nuclear reactors, and global demand for uranium continues to grow as a result of the increasing reliance on nuclear power in emerging markets including those of China, India, Russia, South Korea and the Middle East.The Corporation's total attributable production guidance for 2012 and 2013 remains at 11.6 million and 12.5 million pounds respectively.The Corporation's guidance for the average cash cost per pound sold in 2012 remains unchanged at $19 per pound.Sales volumes for 2012 are heavily weighted towards the second half of the year. The Corporation expects attributable sales to be approximately 11.0 million and 12.5 million pounds in 2012 and 2013 respectively.The Corporation expects to incur attributable capital expenditures in 2012 of $114 million for wellfield development and $115million for plant and equipment, totalling $229 million for its assets in Kazakhstan, the United States and Australia.In 2012, general and administrative expenses, excluding non-cash items, are expected to be approximately $39 million and exploration expenses are expected to be $11 million.
Q2 2012 Operations and Projects
During Q2 2012, Uranium One achieved attributable production of 3.0 million pounds, an increase of 28% over attributable production of 2.4 million pounds for the comparable period in 2011.
Operational results for Uranium One's assets during Q2 2012 were:AssetQ2 Attributable Production(lbs U3O8)Q2 Total Cash Costs (per lb sold U3O8)Akdala473,100$13South Inkai923,700$19Karatau623,700$10Akbastau389,500$11Zarechnoye292,900$23Kharasan113,500N/AWillow Creek(1)133,900$36Honeymoon70,000N/A(1)Attributable production includes production during commissioning and commercial production. Willow Creek reached commercial production levels effective from May 1, 2012 and its sales and production results are included in the operating results for the periods after this date.
Q2 2012 Financial Review
Revenue was $96.8 million in Q2 2012, compared to $112.9 million in Q2 2011. The average realized sales price during Q2 2012 was $52 per pound. The average spot price in Q2 2012 was $51 per pound.
Operating expenses per pound sold were $16 for Q2 2012 compared to $15 in Q2 2011.
Earnings from mine operations were $40.1 million during Q2 2012, a 35% decrease compared to earnings from mine operations of $61.7million in Q2 2011, primarily due to a lower realized sales price.
Attributable inventory as at June 30, 2012 was 5.1 million pounds, which includes work in progress as well as finished product. Finished product at conversion facilities awaiting pre-scheduled deliveries into sales contracts was 1.0 million at June 30, 2012.
Net earnings for Q2 2012 were $29.2 million or $0.03 per share, compared to net earnings of $29.7 million or $0.03 per share for Q2 2011.
Adjusted net earnings for Q2 2012 were $8.8 million or $0.01 per share, compared to adjusted net earnings of $27.5million or $0.03 per share for Q2 2011.
Consolidated cash and cash equivalents were $460.2 million as at June 30, 2012 compared to $619.0 million at December 31, 2011. Working capital was $615.6 million at June 30, 2012.
The following table provides a summary of key financial results:FINANCIALQ2 2012Q2 2011YTD 2012YTD 2011Attributable production (lbs) (1)2,798,8002,240,9005,371,3004,549,100Attributable sales (lbs) (1)1,883,6001,952,1003,693,0003,633,700Average realized sales price ($ per lb) (2)52585359Average total cash cost per pound sold ($ per lb)(2)16151515Revenues ($'millions)96.8112.9192.7214.8Earnings from mine operations ($'millions)40.161.789.4112.9Net earnings ($'millions)29.229.733.743.7Net earnings per share - basic and diluted ($ per share)0.030.030.040.05Adjusted net earnings ($'millions)(2)8.827.523.942.5Adjusted net earnings per share - basic ($ per share)(2)0.010.030.020.04(1)Attributable production and sales are from assets owned and in commercial production during the period. Willow Creek reached commercial production levels effective from May 1, 2012 and its sales and production results are included in the operating results for the periods after this date.(2)The Corporation has included non-GAAP performance measures: average realized sales price per pound, cash cost per pound sold, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share. In the uranium mining industry, these are common performance measures but do not have any standardized meaning, and are non-GAAP measures. The Corporation believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Corporation and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Corporation's performance and ability to generate cash flow. The additional information provided herein should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. See "Non-GAAP Measures"
The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted net earnings to the consolidated financial statements:US DOLLARS IN MILLIONS EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS3 MONTHS ENDED6 MONTHS ENDEDJUN 30, 2012 $'MILLIONSJUN 30, 2011$'MILLIONSJUN 30, 2012$'MILLIONSJUN 30, 2011$'MILLIONSNet earnings29.229.733.743.7Fair value adjustments0.3(3.4)0.3(3.4)Care and maintenance costs0.40.40.90.7Corporate development expenditure0.50.22.40.9Restructuring costs-0.6-0.6Ruble bond hedge accounting adjustments(11.2)-(3.0)-Non-recurring income tax adjustment(10.4)-(10.4)-Adjusted net earnings 8.827.523.942.5Adjusted net earnings per share - basic ($)0.010.030.020.04Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted ($)0.010.030.020.04Weighted average number of shares (millions) - basic957.2957.2957.2957.2Weighted average number of shares (millions) - diluted1,039.71,049.71,039.71,049.7
The financial statements, as well as the accompanying management's discussion and analysis, are available for review at www.uranium1.com and should be read in conjunction with this news release. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. All references to pounds sold or pounds produced are to pounds of U3O8.
Conference Call Details
Uranium One will be hosting a conference call and webcast to discuss the second quarter 2012 results on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 starting at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Participants may join the call by dialing toll free 1-888-231-8191 or 1-647-427-7450 for local calls or calls from outside Canada and the United States. A live webcast of the call will be available through CNW Group's website at www.newswire.ca or at Uranium One's website at www.uranium1.com.
A recording of the conference call will be available for replay for a two week period beginning at approximately 11:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 14, 2012 by dialing toll free 1-855-859-2056 or 1-416-849-0833 for local calls or calls from outside Canada and the United States. The pass code for the replay is 14518487. A replay of the webcast will be available through a link on our website at www.uranium1.com
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