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Energy Fuels Inc (2)
Symbol EFR
Shares Issued 120,555,625
Close 2020-07-31 C$ 2.29
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Energy Fuels loses $13.84M (U.S.) over six months

2020-08-01 00:22 ET - News Release

Mr. Mark Chalmers reports

ENERGY FUELS ANNOUNCES Q2-2020 RESULTS & WEBCAST ON AUGUST 5, 2020; RETIRES DEBT, IMPROVES BALANCE SHEET, RESUMES URANIUM PRODUCTION & RARE EARTH PROGRESS

Energy Fuels Inc. has released its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and may be viewed on EDGAR, on SEDAR and on the company's website. Unless noted otherwise, all dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars.

Highlights:

  • At June 30, 2020, the company had $28.3-million in cash and marketable securities, plus $24.7-million of concentrate inventory, including 575,000 pounds of uranium valued on the company's balance sheet at $23.05 per pound and 1,675,000 pounds of vanadium valued on the company's balance sheet at $5.11 per pound, both in the form of immediately marketable product. As of July 31, 2020, the spot price of uranium was $32.35 per pound, and the midpoint spot price of vanadium was $5.30 per pound, which places a current market value on the company's concentrate inventories of approximately $27.5-million. As a result of existing inventories and planned production, the company expects to have between 640,000 and 690,000 pounds of finished uranium and 1,675,000 pounds of finished vanadium in inventory at the end of 2020, assuming no change to production or sales guidance.
  • The company had an operating loss of $6.5-million during second quarter 2020, versus a loss of $7.8-million in first quarter 2020, narrowing the company's quarter-on-quarter loss by 17 per cent.
  • The company had working capital of $38.04-million at the end of Q2 2020, representing an increase of 8 per cent over Q1 2020.
  • On June 11, 2020, the company announced the partial cash redemption of its floating-rate convertible unsecured subordinated debentures. On July 14, 2020, the company distributed $10.43-million in cash to holders of the debentures as of July 8, 2020. This amount represents the redemption of one-half of the total debentures outstanding, and as a result, the company has only $10.43-million ($7,780,780 (U.S.), based on the U.S.-Canadian exchange rate on July 31, 2020) aggregate principal amount of the debentures outstanding, which are due on Dec. 31, 2020.
  • On April 13, 2020, the company announced its entry into the U.S. rare earth element (REE) market. The company believes its fully licensed and constructed White Mesa mill, which is the only uranium mill operating in the United States today, can play a key role in bringing the REE supply chain back to the U.S. Many REE ores contain recoverable quantities of uranium, and the mill has a 40-year history of responsibly processing ores for the recovery of uranium and other metals. On May 21, 2020, the company announced that it had entered into consulting agreements with two REE industry experts (Constantine Karayannopoulos, then chairman of Neo Performance Minerals, and Brock O'Kelley) to aid in the development and implementation of commercial and technical REE strategies for the new U.S. REE program Energy Fuels is pursuing. On July 7, 2020, Mr. Karayannopoulos was appointed president and chief executive officer of Neo, positions he held previously with Neo. Neo is currently one of the world's leading producers of advanced industrial materials, including rare-earth-based engineered products, for multiple global markets. As a result of his new executive roles with Neo, his consulting agreement with the company will end on Aug. 6, 2020. On July 31, 2020, the company entered into a non-exclusive letter of intent with Neo, under which: (i) Mr. Karayannopoulos and other Neo personnel will continue to assist Energy Fuels in developing commercial and technical aspects of the company's REE strategy, including the potential production of a rare earth oxide concentrate at the mill that can be sold to REE separation facilities; and (ii) the company and Neo will work together toward potentially creating a longer-term mutually beneficial relationship, which may involve commitments to buy and sell all or a portion of the REE concentrate produced at the mill or other commercial arrangements.
  • On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Working Group (NFWG) released its strategy to restore American nuclear energy leadership. In the report, the U.S. government commits to reviving and strengthening the U.S. uranium mining industry. The report provides a number of policy recommendations, including direct government purchases, supporting Department of Commerce efforts to extend the Russian suspension agreement (RSA) to prevent dumping of Russian uranium in the United States (and the consideration of further lowering the cap on Russian imports under future RSA terms), enabling the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny imports of fabricated nuclear fuel from Russia, and streamlining regulatory reform and land access for uranium.
  • On May 6, 2020, the company announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire Prompt Fission Neutron (PFN) borehole logging technology and equipment for total consideration of $500,000 in cash, of which $150,000 was paid in Q2 2020 and the rest was paid on closing of the acquisition, which occurred on July 31, 2020. This acquisition gives the company control over this important in situ recovery (ISR) technology in the U.S. PFN is critical to successful uranium production from many ISR deposits, as it more accurately measures downhole in situ uranium ore grade versus traditional methods.

Mark S. Chalmers, Energy Fuels' president and chief executive officer, stated: "Energy Fuels continued to consolidate our position as the clear leader in U.S. uranium production in Q2 2020, and we made significant progress in diversifying into rare earth element production.

"On the uranium front, we resumed limited uranium production at our White Mesa mill in Blanding, Utah, from alternate feed materials and pond returns, and we expect to produce between 125,000 and 175,000 pounds of uranium company-wide in 2020. Assuming current production and sales guidance, we expect to continue to build and hold between 640,000 and 690,000 pounds of uncommitted uranium in inventory at the end of 2020. Uranium spot prices are up 30 per cent so far this year, as COVID-related production suspensions at major global uranium mines have created a widening gap between supply and demand and a strong potential for higher prices in the future. This means a higher realizable value for our uranium inventory. There is also good progress being made on uranium in the U.S. government. Our allies in Congress and the Trump administration are pushing hard to fund $150-million per year to create the U.S. uranium reserve. While progress with the U.S. government can be slow and uneven at times, there is bipartisan support for the creation of the uranium reserve, and we are optimistic this program will be funded and implemented. In addition, the U.S. government and Russia are negotiating an extension of the Russian suspension agreement, which is expected to lower imports of Russian uranium into the U.S. over the long term. Energy Fuels is heavily engaged in this process, and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Commerce appears committed to negotiating an agreement that will provide concrete benefits to the U.S. uranium mining sector. Adding to our leverage to increasing uranium prices, Energy Fuels also now owns the PFN borehole logging technology that most U.S. ISR uranium producers will need to use in order to resume and expand production. Not only will we be able to utilize this technology to ramp up production from our own ISR facilities, we have also secured the ability to monetize this technology with other U.S. ISR producers.

"Energy Fuels has also made significant strides in entering the rare earth market. There is a lot of interest in rare earths at the current time, and we believe Energy Fuels is more advanced than other companies in the U.S. with respect to producing a saleable rare earth concentrate. We are currently performing testwork, which we believe will be highly scalable and will allow us to produce a rare earth concentrate sooner, and at a significantly lower cost, than other U.S. initiatives garnering considerable attention right now. We have also engaged several rare earth industry experts to assist us in these endeavours, and we have entered into a non-exclusive letter of intent with Neo Performance Materials, under which Neo will provide technical and commercial assistance to the company, and both companies will work together toward potentially creating a longer-term mutually beneficial relationship. We are moving very quickly on our rare earth initiative with an eye toward generating cash flow within the next 12 months.

"Finally, Energy Fuels is focused on managing our balance sheet. As discussed above, we have significant product inventories providing immediate leverage to rising commodity prices, and we are proud to have the ability to address our existing debt on our own terms and that we expect to be debt-free by the end of 2020. Debt can be difficult for mid-sized and junior uranium miners to service, and extremely burdensome for developers and explorers. Debt can devastate shareholder value if projects or markets do not perform as expected. In contrast to many other uranium companies, which are currently incurring substantial long-term debt, Energy Fuels shareholders will not be exposed to that risk."

                                SELECTED SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
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                                             Six months ended June 30, 2020   Six months ended June 30, 2019
Results of operations                                                                                    
Total revenues                                                         $788                           $4,741
Gross profit (loss)                                                    (718)                          (4,943)
Net income (loss) attributable to the company                       (13,844)                         (21,439)
Basic and diluted (loss) per share                                    (0.12)                           (0.23)
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Outlook

Operations and sales outlook overview

In response to the Congressional appropriations for the creation of a U.S. uranium reserve, the potential extension of the Russian suspension agreement and/or implementation of policy recommendations contained in the working group's report, the company is evaluating activities aimed toward increasing uranium production at all or some of its production facilities, including the currently operating White Mesa mill, the recently operating Nichols Ranch ISR facility, and the Alta Mesa ISR facility, La Sal complex and Canyon mine, which are all currently on standby, as market conditions may warrant.

Subject to any actions the company may take in response to U.S. government actions or market conditions, the company plans to extract and/or recover limited amounts of uranium from its Nichols Ranch project in 2020, which was placed on standby in the first quarter of 2020 due to the depletion of its existing well fields. In addition, during 2020, the company expects to recover uranium at the White Mesa mill from in-circuit uranium inventories extracted from the recent vanadium pond return campaign from alternate feed materials and from other pond return activities. The vanadium pond return campaign conducted in 2019 was brought to a close in early 2020.

Subject to any actions the company may take in response to U.S. government actions, both ISR and conventional uranium recovery are expected to be maintained at reduced levels, as a result of current uranium market conditions, until such time when market conditions improve sufficiently.

The company is also seeking new sources of revenue, including new sources of alternate feed materials and new fee processing opportunities at the White Mesa mill that can be processed under existing market conditions (that is, without reliance on current uranium sales prices), and is evaluating opportunities to potentially recover REEs at the White Mesa mill. The company will also continue its support of U.S. governmental activities to support the U.S. uranium mining industry and will evaluate additional acquisition and disposition opportunities that may arise.

Extraction and recovery activities overview

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the company recovered approximately 83,000 pounds of triuranium octoxide, all of which were for the account of the company. In the year ending Dec. 31, 2020, the company expects to recover a quantity of uranium within its previously published guidance of 125,000 to 175,000 pounds of U3O8. The company also recovered approximately 67,000 pounds of high-purity vanadium pentoxide (V2O5 or black flake) during the six months ended June 30, 2020, from its vanadium pond return campaign, which was suspended during the first quarter of 2020.

The company has strategically opted not to enter into any uranium sales commitments for 2020. Therefore, subject to any actions the company may take in response to U.S. government actions and general market conditions, all 2020 uranium production is expected to be added to existing inventories. All V2O5 production is expected to be sold on the spot market if prices rise significantly above current levels, but otherwise maintained in inventory.

ISR activities

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the company extracted and recovered approximately 6,000 pounds of U3O8 from its Nichols Ranch project, which was placed on standby during the first quarter of 2020, due to the depletion of its existing well fields. This amount of uranium production falls within the company's published guidance of approximately 6,000 pounds of U3O8 from Nichols Ranch during the year ended Dec. 31, 2020.

As of June 30, 2020, the Nichols Ranch well fields had nine header houses that previously extracted uranium, which are now depleted. The company currently holds 34 fully permitted, undeveloped well fields at Nichols Ranch, including four additional well fields at the Nichols Ranch well field, 22 well fields at the adjacent Jane Dough well field and eight well fields at the Hank project, which is fully permitted to be constructed as a satellite facility to the Nichols Ranch plant.

Subject to any actions the company may take in response to U.S. government actions, the company expects to continue to keep the Alta Mesa project on standby until such time as improvements in uranium market conditions are observed or suitable sales contracts can be procured.

Conventional activities

Conventional extraction and recovery activities

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the company produced 67,000 pounds of high-purity V2O5 from its mill pond return program and 77,000 pounds of uranium from alternate feed materials. During 2020, the company expects to recover approximately 120,000 to 170,000 pounds of U3O8 at the White Mesa mill from in-circuit uranium inventories extracted from the recent vanadium pond return campaign from alternate feed materials and from other pond return activities. In addition, there remains an estimated 1.5 million to three million pounds of solubilized recoverable V2O5 inventory remaining in the tailings management facility, awaiting future recovery from pond return as market conditions may warrant, placing the company in a unique position to restart vanadium production quickly.

The White Mesa mill has historically operated on a campaign basis whereby uranium and/or vanadium recovery is scheduled as mill feed, cash needs, contract requirements and/or market conditions may warrant. The company currently expects that planned uranium production from alternate feed materials, pond return and the receipt of uranium-bearing materials from mine cleanup activities will keep the mill in operation through all or most of 2020. The company is also actively pursuing opportunities to process new and additional alternate feed material sources and new and additional low-grade ore from third parties in connection with various uranium cleanup requirements. Successful results from these activities would allow the mill to extend the current campaign through 2020 and beyond. In addition, if improvements in uranium market conditions are observed, or conventional mines are ramped up in response to U.S. government actions to support domestic uranium mining and/or recommendations of the working group, the company would expect to be able to keep the mill operating over a considerably longer period of time.

Conventional standby, permitting and evaluation activities

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, standby and environmental compliance activities occurred at the Canyon project. Subject to any actions the company may take in response to U.S. government actions and general market conditions, during 2020, the company plans to continue carrying out engineering, metallurgical testing, procurement and construction management activities at its low-cost Canyon project.

The company is selectively advancing certain permits at its other major conventional uranium projects, such as the Roca Honda project, a large, high-grade conventional project in New Mexico. The company will also maintain required permits at the company's conventional projects, including the Sheep Mountain project, the La Sal complex, and the Tony M, Whirlwind and Daneros mines. In addition, the company will continue to evaluate the Bullfrog property at its Henry Mountains project. Expenditures for certain of these projects have been adjusted to coincide with expected dates of price recoveries based on the company's forecasts. All of these projects serve as important pipeline assets for the company's future conventional production capabilities, as market conditions warrant.

Sales

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the company completed no uranium sales. The company currently has no remaining contracts, and therefore all existing uranium inventory and future production is fully unhedged to future uranium price increases.

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the company did not complete the sale of any vanadium. The company expects to continue to sell finished vanadium product, when justified, into the metallurgical industry, as well as other markets that demand a higher-purity product, including the aerospace, chemical and, potentially, vanadium battery industries. The company may also retain vanadium product in inventory for future sale, depending on vanadium spot prices and general market conditions.

The company also continues to pursue new sources of revenue, including additional alternate feed materials and other sources of feed for the White Mesa mill, in addition to evaluating the potential to recover REEs at the mill.

The company's plans in response to U.S. government actions

As stated herein, in response to U.S. government actions to support domestic uranium mining, the company is evaluating activities aimed toward increasing uranium production at all or some of its facilities, subject to general market conditions. No decisions on any project-specific actions have been made at this time.

Continued efforts to minimize costs

The company will continue to seek ways to minimize the costs of maintaining its critical properties in a state of readiness for potential improvements in market conditions, and is evaluating whether additional cost-cutting measures may be warranted at this time as a result of general market conditions.

About Energy Fuels Inc.

Energy Fuels is a leading United States-based uranium mining company, supplying U3O8 to major nuclear utilities. The company also produces vanadium from certain of its projects, as market conditions warrant. Its corporate offices are in Lakewood, Colo., near Denver, and all of its assets and employees are in the United States. Energy Fuels holds three of America's key uranium production centres: the White Mesa mill in Utah, the Nichols Ranch in situ recovery (ISR) project in Wyoming and the Alta Mesa ISR project in Texas. The White Mesa mill is the only conventional uranium mill operating in the U.S. today, has a licensed capacity of over eight million pounds of U3O8 per year and has the ability to produce vanadium, when market conditions warrant. The Nichols Ranch ISR project is on standby and has a licensed capacity of two million pounds of U3O8 per year. The Alta Mesa ISR project is also on standby and has a licensed capacity of 1.5 million pounds of U3O8 per year. In addition to the above production facilities, Energy Fuels also has one of the largest National Instrument 43-101-compliant uranium resource portfolios in the U.S. and several uranium and uranium/vanadium mining projects on standby and in various stages of permitting and development.

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