Uranium One announces record production and sales for 2011 and extends Mantra option
TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – Uranium One Inc. today announced record production of 10.7 million pounds and record sales of 9.9 million pounds for the full year 2011. Uranium One also announced that, under the terms of the previously disclosed Mantra option agreement between the Company and its 51% shareholder ARMZ, it has elected to pay US$150 million to ARMZ which will both extend the term of the Mantra purchase option from June 7, 2012 toJune 7, 2013 and result in Uranium One acquiring a 13.9% stake in Mantra from ARMZ.
Attributable production for 2011 increased by approximately 45% to a record of 10.7 million pounds U3O8, compared to 7.4 million pounds produced in 2010. During the fourth quarter of 2011, attributable production was a record 3.4 million pounds U3O8, an approximate 62% increase compared to 2.1 million pounds produced during the fourth quarter of 2010.
A breakdown of Uranium One's attributable production for the fourth quarter and for the full year 2011 is shown below.
Table 1 – Uranium One Attributable Production (million pounds U3O8)
|Mine||Q4 2011||Fiscal Year 2011|
|Total Attributable Production||3.37||10.66|
Attributable sales for the full year 2011 were a record of 9.9 million pounds U3O8, representing an approximate 43% increase compared to 2010 attributable sales of 6.9 million pounds U3O8.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, the attributable sales volume was a record of 3.2 million pounds U3O8, representing an approximate 10% increase in sales compared to 2.9 million pounds during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Under the terms of the Amended and Restated Option Agreement between Uranium One and ARMZ announced onMarch 21, 2011, the Company has elected to pay US$150 million to ARMZ which will both extend the term of the Mantra purchase option from June 7, 2012 to June 7, 2013 and result in Uranium One acquiring a 13.9% stake in Mantra from ARMZ, subject to receipt of all required regulatory approvals which are expected before the end of the first quarter of 2012.
The exercise of the option to acquire the remainder of Mantra continues to be subject to Uranium One minority shareholder approval.
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Uranium One is one of the world's largest publicly traded uranium producers with a globally diversified portfolio of assets located in Kazakhstan, the United States, and Australia.
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