Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) today announced the closing of its previously announced public offerings of $414 million aggregate principal amount (which includes the exercise by the underwriters in the offering of their $54 million over-allotment option in full) of its 6.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 (the “Notes Offering”) and 12,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $10.00 (the “Primary Shares Offering”). Molycorp’s two major shareholders, a number of directors, including President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Smith, and other Company executives invested in the offerings.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds received from the Notes Offering and the Primary Shares Offering to fund operating expenses, working capital, capital expenditures, and other cash requirements, including without limitation, capital expenditures at its Mountain Pass facility and other capital projects. The Company used a portion of the net proceeds received from the Notes Offering and the Primary Shares Offering to make cash payments to certain holders of the 5% subordinated unsecured convertible debentures of Molycorp Minerals Canada ULC, the Company’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary.
“With the successful completion of these offerings, we have built a strong cash position that we expect will allow us to complete our capital expenditure plans and meet other cash needs,” said Mark A. Smith. “Our Project Phoenix modernization and expansion of Mountain Pass remains on track to achieve a Phase 1 annual rate of production of 19,050 metric tons in the fourth quarter of this year, and we are on schedule to deliver mechanical completion of our Phase 2 production assets by the end of this year.”
About Molycorp, Inc.Molycorp is a leading rare earths and rare metals company, and combines a world-class rare earth resource at Mountain Pass, California, with advanced, high-purity rare earth and rare metal materials processing capabilities. With 26 locations across 11 countries, Molycorp is vertically integrated across the global rare earth mine-to-magnetics supply chain. It produces rare earth magnetic materials as well as a variety of high-purity, custom engineered products from 13 different rare earths (lights and heavies) as well as five rare metals (gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum and niobium), and the transition metals yttrium and zirconium. Through its Molycorp Magnequench subsidiary, the Company is a leading global producer of neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnet powders, used to manufacture bonded NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets. Through its joint venture with Daido Steel and Mitsubishi Corporation, Molycorp expects to begin manufacturing next-generation, sintered NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets in early 2013. The rare earths and rare metals materials that Molycorp produces are critical inputs in wide variety of existing and emerging applications, including the following: advanced transportation technologies, such as hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and all-electric vehicles; clean energy technologies, such as solar and wind power systems; energy efficiency technologies, such as high efficiency motors and appliances, compact fluorescent lights, and color displays; computing and communications applications, including fiber optics, lasers, and hard disk drives; defense and aerospace applications, such as satellites, guidance and control systems, and global positioning systems; and advanced water treatment technologies for use in municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, pool & spa, and outdoor recreation applications. For more information please visit www.molycorp.com. Safe Harbor Statements This release contains forward-looking statements that represent Molycorp's beliefs, projections and predictions about future events or Molycorp's future performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions or phrases. These forward-looking statements are necessarily subjective and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause Molycorp's actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievement described in or implied by such statements.