- Acquired Neutron Energy, Inc. (“Neutron”) in August 2012, adding over 50 million pounds of mineralized uranium material.
- Substantiated financial and environmental viability of the Churchrock Section 8 Project.
- Achieved an agreement with the Navajo Nation for temporary access to Section 8. First step taken in addressing legacy issues surrounding uranium mining in New Mexico.
- Expanded and extended its South Texas exploration agreement with a subsidiary of Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ).
- Recapitalized through a $5 million bridge loan facility with Resource Capital Fund V L.P. (“RCF”), a shareholder rights offering (“Rights Offering”) and the pending release of $4.5 million back to URI after securing new surety bonds.
- Regained compliance with NASDAQ listing standards.
- Named Christopher M. Jones as President and CEO effective April 1, 2013.
On March 13, 2013, URI announced that its Board of Directors appointed Christopher M. Jones, P.E., as President and CEO effective April 1, 2013. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years experience in the mining industry having successfully lead various mining and production operations, as well as exploration and development projects. He most recently was President and CEO of Wildcat Silver Corporation, and prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and the Mining General Manger at Albian Sands Energy.Near-term Objectives Mr. Cryan noted, “In the fourth quarter we outlined URI’s primary areas of focus as we headed into 2013. During the fourth quarter we were able to significantly reduce our cash burn and stabilized our capital levels using our bridge loan facility, the Rights Offering and the restructuring of our bonding requirements on our South Texas properties. We will remain diligent in our efforts to preserve capital for the remainder of 2013. “With construction plans for our Churchrock Section 8 project currently delayed, discussions aimed at reaching a permanent access agreement with the Navajo Nation and with royalty holders of our Section 8, Section 17 and Mancos properties remain a priority in 2013. Concurrently, in Texas we will continue our exploration efforts with Cameco and look at other opportunities as part of our effort to grow our South Texas asset base and return to production in the state.” Advancements in New Mexico URI’s primary focus in New Mexico is advancing the Churchrock Section 8 property, which contains 6.5 million pounds of mineralized uranium material at a grade of 0.11% U 3O 8 and is covered by the Company’s underground injection control permit and NRC license, both of which are in timely renewal.
- Neutron Acquisition - URI completed a stock-for-stock transaction to acquire 100% of the equity of Neutron on August 31, 2012 on a debt-free basis. The acquisition increased URI’s asset base by more than 50 percent to 152.9 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium material in New Mexico.
- Section 8 Feasibility Study – Released the summary results of the feasibility study for its Churchrock Section 8 Project at the end of 2012. ISR is the preferred uranium extraction technology for the project and using an assumed recovery rate of 67% could result in the production of approximately 4.4 million pounds. Pre-production development costs are estimated at $35 million with direct operating costs estimated to be $20 to $23 per pound of U 3O 8 produced.
- Section 8 Groundwater Study – Completed collaborative study with the Navajo Nation and the City of Gallup with results indicating that existing Gallup, Fort Wingate, Rehoboth and Navajo Nation water wells will not be impacted by Section 8 ISR activities, during mining operations or into the future.
- Agreement with Navajo Nation – Hydro Resources, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of URI, completed a temporary access agreement with the Navajo Nation for its Churchrock Section 8 property providing access for regulatory requirements to include on-site visits with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In conjunction with the amended lease agreement, URI and Cameco have agreed to extend their amended exploration agreement to a five-phase, five-year exploration program to include Tecolote. Cameco has committed $4.3 million to increase its interest to 70% in the expanded program and will be the exploration operator for Phase III.URI secured $9 million in new surety bonds for the benefit of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for remediation and reclamation activities at the Company’s South Texas projects. The new bonds required $4.5 million in cash collateral and replaced the existing $9.0 million of fully collateralized financial surety instruments. The result is that $4.5 million will be released back to URI due to the lower cash collateral requirement. Groundwater restoration at Kingsville Dome Production Area (PA)1 and PA2 and Rosita PA1 and PA2 has been completed and is currently being monitored for stability. Final closure of these production areas is targeted for mid- to late-2013. The Company continues restoration activities with stabilization targeted for the third quarter of 2013 at Kingsville Dome PA3 and fourth quarter of 2013 for Vasquez PA1 and PA2. Refurbishment of the Kingsville Dome holding ponds is ongoing and URI expects this project to be completed by year-end 2013. Strengthened Liquidity Position Cash at December 31, 2012 was $4.7 million, after giving effect to the $5 million bridge loan facility with RCF that closed on December 17, 2012, compared with $2.9 million at December 31, 2011. During 2012, the Company also raised net proceeds of $5.4 million under the existing At-The-Market Sales Agreement (“ATM”) with BTIG, LLC. At February 28, 2013, URI had a total of $9.0 million in share value available for future sales under the ATM. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, URI raised gross proceeds of approximately $8.9 million, before expenses, from the Rights Offering, which was used to repay the $5.0 million bridge loan from RCF and the remainder of which will be used for general working capital. URI will also free up $4.5 million in working capital as a result of the collateral requirements of the new surety bonds.
URI incurred cash expenditures from its operating and investing activities during 2012 of $23.4 million.Reverse Stock Split and NASDAQ Compliance On January 23, 2013 URI conducted a 1-for-10 reverse stock split of its common stock. The primary purpose of the reverse split was to bring URI into compliance with NASDAQ's $1.00 minimum bid price requirement. On February 6, 2013 the Company was notified that its common stock had maintained a closing price of $1.00 or more for at least ten consecutive trading days and that the Company was in full compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements and therefore will continue to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market. URI also regained compliance with NASDAQ rules requiring the Board of Directors to be comprised of a majority of independent directors and the Audit Committee to be comprised of at least three independent members. Teleconference and Webcast URI will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:30 a.m. ET. During the call, management will provide an update on URI’s strategies, outlook, and progress in advancing its Texas and New Mexico properties. A question-and-answer session will follow. The URI conference call can be accessed by dialing (201) 689-8471. The live listen-only audio webcast can be monitored on the Company’s website at www.uraniumresources.com, where it will be archived afterwards. A telephonic replay will be available from 2:30 p.m. ET the day of the teleconference until Friday, March 22, 2013. To listen to the archived call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter replay pin number 408349. A transcript will also be posted on the Company’s website, once available. About Uranium Resources, Inc. Uranium Resources Inc. explores for, develops and mines uranium. Since its incorporation in 1977, URI has produced over 8 million pounds of uranium by in-situ recovery (ISR) methods in the state of Texas. URI has over 206,600 acres of uranium mineral holdings and 152.9 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium material in New Mexico and an NRC license to produce up to 1 million pounds of uranium per year. URI has an additional 1.3 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium material in Texas and South Dakota. The Company acquired these properties over the past 20 years along with an extensive information database of historic drill hole logs, assay certificates, maps and technical reports.
Uranium Resources routinely posts news and other information about the Company on its website at www.uraniumresources.com.Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as “expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s mineralized uranium materials, access to properties, timing of receipt of mining permits and proceeds related to its new surety bonds, the outcome of discussions with the Navajo Nation and royalty holders, production capacity of mining operations planned for properties in South Texas and New Mexico, planned dates for commencement of production at such properties, revenue, cash generation and profits are forward-looking statements. Because they are forward-looking, they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to raise additional capital in the future, spot price and long-term contract price of uranium, the outcome of negotiations with the Navajo Nation, the Company's ability to reach agreements with current royalty holders, weather conditions, operating conditions at the Company's mining projects, government and tribal regulation of the mining industry and the nuclear power industry, world-wide uranium supply and demand, availability of capital, timely receipt of mining and other permits from regulatory agents, maintaining sufficient financial assurance in the form of sufficiently collateralized surety instruments and other factors which are more fully described in the Company's documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the Company’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on the Company’s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update or publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.
|URANIUM RESOURCES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||4,664,596||$||2,890,263|
|Prepaid and other current assets||431,427||165,509|
|Total current assets||5,372,824||3,179,108|
|Property, plant and equipment, at cost:|
|Other property, plant and equipment||1,360,598||868,454|
|Less—accumulated depreciation, depletion and impairment||(65,318,921||)||(64,791,294||)|
|Net property, plant and equipment||43,714,081||18,846,027|
|Accounts and short term notes payable||$||1,331,888||$||1,148,812|
|Current portion of restoration reserve||1,160,378||1,227,125|
|Royalties and commissions payable||665,745||665,745|
|Accrued interest and other accrued liabilities||859,981||374,088|
|Current portion of capital leases||112,140||65,161|
|Total current liabilities||9,130,132||3,480,931|
|Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits||3,837,679||4,008,634|
|Long-term capital leases, less current portion||17,582||54,071|
|Other long-term debt||450,000||450,000|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, shares authorized: 200,000,000; sharesissued and outstanding (net of treasury shares): 2012—16,150,163; 2011—9,400,501||16,154||9,404|
|Less: Treasury stock (3,813 shares), at cost||(9,418||)||(9,418||)|
|Total shareholders' equity||45,143,377||23,411,293|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||58,578,770||$||31,404,929|
|URANIUM RESOURCES, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cost of uranium sales:|
|Royalties and commissions||—||—||—|
|Accretion/amortization of restoration reserve||85,181||121,183||155,943|
|Writedown of uranium properties||1,737,359||1,460,170||961,278|
|Exploration and land maintenance expenses||492,858||17,918||1,646|
|Total cost of uranium sales||5,276,471||2,847,053||2,270,007|
|Loss from operations before corporate expenses||(5,276,471||)||(2,847,053||)||(2,270,007||)|
|General and administrative (includes stock compensation expense of$427,000, $884,000 and $1,032,000 in 2012, 2011 and 2010,respectively)||10,399,084||8,400,955||6,911,672|
|Provision for legal settlement||—||—||1,375,000|
|Total corporate expenses||10,559,831||8,528,696||8,430,033|
|Loss from operations||(15,836,302||)||(11,375,749||)||(10,700,040||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest and other income, net||262,809||195,320||370,835|
|Total other income, net||211,929||176,352||345,473|
|Basic and diluted net loss per common share||$||(1.28||)||$||(1.20||)||$||(1.43||)|
|Average weighted shares outstanding||12,237,349||9,348,053||7,231,346|
|URANIUM RESOURCES, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Reconciliation of net loss to cash used in operations—|
|Accretion/amortization of restoration reserve||85,181||121,183||155,943|
|Depreciation and depletion||556,993||727,245||899,738|
|Writedown of uranium properties and exploration expenses||1,737,359||1,460,170||961,278|
|Decrease in restoration and reclamation accrual||(1,767,289||)||(1,530,303||)||(1,373,228||)|
|Stock compensation expense||427,292||883,941||1,032,308|
|Other non-cash items, net||73,932||2,289||19,700|
|Effect of changes in operating working capital items—|
|(Increase) decrease in receivables||(148,465||)||(77,092||)||17,646|
|(Increase) decrease in prepaid and other current assets||(88,578||)||13,722||(53,831||)|
|Increase (decrease) in payables and accrued liabilities and deferred credits||(116,223||)||(802,560||)||1,334,939|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(14,864,171||)||(10,400,802||)||(7,360,074||)|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|(Increase) decrease in certificate of deposit, restricted||161,834||(2,042,428||)||(551,366||)|
|Additions to property, plant and equipment—|
|Los Finados/Tecolote project||(5,950||)||(88,236||)||(1,168,780||)|
|Crownpoint/Section 13 Drilling||(283,625||)||(34,921||)||(119,624||)|
|Proceeds from Joint Venture agreement||—||300,000||—|
|Acquisition of Neutron Energy, Inc.||(3,677,133||)||—||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(8,530,524||)||(2,364,723||)||(2,365,903||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Proceeds from note payable||5,000,000||—||—|
|Proceeds from (payments of) borrowings||(95,664||)||(83,539||)||(117,710||)|
|Issuance of common stock, net||20,264,692||352,855||19,138,091|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||25,169,028||269,316||19,020,381|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||1,774,333||(12,496,209||)||9,294,404|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year||2,890,263||15,386,472||6,092,068|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of year||$||4,664,596||$||2,890,263||$||15,386,472|