DENVER, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., a
growing, diversified North American mining company (the "Company" or
"Thompson Creek"), today reported that it currently expects the
previously announced wall slough at the Thompson Creek Mine to have a
negative impact on second quarter 2012 production. The Company
anticipates production from the Thompson Creek Mine for the second
quarter to be approximately 2.5 million pounds of molybdenum. The
Company also expects that the slough will have a negative impact on
cash costs of production for the Thompson Creek Mine for the quarter.
The Company believes that the impact of the slough on total production
from the Thompson Creek Mine for 2012 will not be material, as the
Company plans to mine higher-grade ore in the second half of the year
at Thompson Creek Mine to address the unexpected second quarter
shortfall in production. The Company believes that the Thompson Creek
Mine will produce approximately 16 million pounds of molybdenum in
As previously reported, the Company believes the slough resulted from
water pressure behind the wall due to seasonal run-off. There were no
injuries or equipment damage as a result of the slough. When the
slough occurred, the Company believed that the slough material could be
removed with appropriate mining methods within a matter of days and
that disruption to the mine plan for the quarter would not be
significant. Soon afterward, unexpected regulatory requirements
required the Company to cease mining in the area of the slough. The
Company developed a new access road to other Phase 7 material shortly
after the slough occurred and mining continues within Phase 7, working
around the slough. The Company has revised its mine plan for Thompson
Creek Mine for the remainder of 2012 and, pursuant thereto, has begun
to mine higher-grade Phase 7 material.
The Company also anticipates that recovery of molybdenum at the its
Endako Mine will not meet the design specifications of the new mill
facility during the second quarter of 2012 and believes that the ore
grade at the Endako Mine during the quarter will not meet budgeted
levels. The Company expects the aforementioned issues will have a
negative impact on production and cash costs of production at the
Endako Mine for the second quarter. Management has convened a team
consisting of outside subject matter experts and internal technical
specialists to evaluate these issues and address them as soon as
Management continues to evaluate the potential impacts to the Company's
2012 cost guidance for the Thompson Creek Mine and 2012 production and
cost guidance for the Endako Mine. Previously announced cash costs
guidance as of May 3, 2012 for the Thompson Creek Mine is not being
reaffirmed or updated hereby. Previously announced production and cash
costs guidance as of May 3, 2012 for the Endako Mine is not being
reaffirmed or updated hereby.
About Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.
Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is a growing, diversified North
American mining company. The Company produces molybdenum at its
100%-owned Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho and Langeloth Metallurgical
Facility in Pennsylvania and its 75%-owned Endako Mine in northern
British Columbia. The Company is also in the process of constructing
the Mt. Milligan copper-gold mine in central British Columbia, which is
expected to commence production in 2013. The Company's development
projects include the Berg copper-molybdenum-silver property and the
Davidson molybdenum property, both located in central British
Columbia. Thompson Creek has approximately 1,100 employees. Its
principal executive office is in Denver, Colorado and its Canadian
administrative office is in Vancouver, British Columbia. More
information is available at www.thompsoncreekmetals.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release are "forward-looking statements"
within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and applicable Canadian
securities legislation. These forward-looking statements generally are
identified by the words "believe," "project," "expect," "anticipate,"
"estimate," "intend," "future," "plan," "may," "should," "will,"
"would," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar
expressions. Our forward looking statements include statements with
respect to: future financial or operating performance of Thompson Creek
or its subsidiaries; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs
and capital expenditures; future earnings and operating results;
expected concentrate and recovery grades; 2012 operating goals; and
2012 molybdenum prices.
Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or
results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and
believed to have a reasonable basis. However, our forward-looking
statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are
subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to
differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied
by those forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause
actual results and events to differ from those described in such
forward-looking statements can be found in the section entitled "Risk
Factors" in Thompson Creek's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although we have attempted to identify those factors that could cause
actual results or events to differ from those described in such
forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause
results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or
intended. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or
predict. Given these uncertainties, the reader is cautioned not to
place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no
obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
SOURCE Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.
For further information:
Director, Investor Relations
Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.
Tel: (303) 762-3526
Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
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