Nord Resources Reports Second-Quarter 2010 Results

    
    -   Quarterly net loss of $7.2 million and year to date net loss of $6.2
        million
    -   Results include other expenses of $10.4 million and $11.1 million in
        the second quarter and year to date, respectively, primarily due to
        the de-designation of derivatives as cash flow hedges
    -   Continuation of copper held in solution inventory in the existing
        leach pads, combined with a reduction in the amount of mining
        activity stemming from inadequate working capital prevents Nord from
        meeting its target to become cash-flow positive in the second quarter
    -   Company has begun the implementation of previously announced measures
        to reduce costs, maximize cash flow, and improve operating
        efficiencies
    -   Company continues to pursue opportunities to restructure its capital
        and obtain additional financing
    -   Preliminary work begun on ore characterization, new column testing
        and mineralogy to develop a new block model for mine optimization
    

TUCSON, AZ, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Nord Resources Corporation (OTCBB: NRDS), which reactivated copper mining and processing operations at the Johnson Camp Mine in January 2009, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. The unaudited consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and all currency amounts are in U.S. dollars.

Nord's 2010 second-quarter production of copper and sales rose to 2,729,194 pounds compared with production of 2,421,936 pounds for the first quarter of 2010 and 2,070,024 and 836,781 pounds produced during the second and first quarters of 2009, respectively. The net loss for the second quarter and first half of 2010 are primarily due to the inclusion of $10.4 million and $11.1 million, respectively, in other expenses which are primarily the result of a change in accounting treatment of existing copper derivatives.

The change in accounting treatment of copper derivatives, which was due to the Company's inability to make the requisite payments under the terms of the underlying copper hedge agreement, resulted in recording an unrealized loss on the de-designation of copper hedges of ($13.4 million) for the 2010 second quarter and first six months and a realized loss of ($1.9 million) for the 2010 periods from the settlements of copper derivatives classified as trading securities. These losses were partially offset by an unrealized gain for the 2010 second quarter and first six months on copper derivatives classified as trading securities of $5.8 million.

As previously reported, Nord's ramp up of production was significantly slower than originally forecast as the company had to deal with a number of unanticipated issues. The effects of the production shortfall and the lack of working capital caused Nord to be unable to meet some of its debt obligations in 2010. As announced on May 14, 2010, the company's senior lender, Nedbank Limited, declined to extend a forbearance agreement regarding the scheduled principal and interest payment (approximately $2.2 million) due on March 31, 2010 under Nord's $25 million secured term-loan facility. Nord also did not make a payment of an additional $2.3 million due on June 30, 2010 under the secured term-loan agreement. Further, Nedbank declined to extend a forbearance agreement regarding Nord's failure to make payments under the Copper Hedge Agreement. The total due but not paid under the Copper Hedge Agreement amounts to $2.6 million as at June 30, 2010.

As Nord continues to be in default of its obligations under the Credit Agreement with Nedbank, the full amount of the outstanding principal and accrued and unpaid interest must be included in the company's current liabilities, together with any additional amounts payable under the Credit Agreement. Accordingly, as of June 30, 2010, the company reclassified $12.5 million of long-term debt to current liabilities within the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

Further, as the company also is in default under the Copper Hedge Agreement, amounts formerly eligible for treatment as amounts payable under long-term derivative contracts have been brought into current liabilities. Accordingly, as at June 30, 2010, the company reclassified $2.3 million of derivative contracts under its Copper Hedge Agreement to current liabilities within the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

Given the default under the Credit Agreement, Nedbank has full authority to exercise its rights, including the acceleration of the full amount due and the initiation of foreclosure proceedings against the Johnson Camp Mine. To date, Nord has not received any notice from Nedbank of an intention to exercise its rights. In accordance with the credit agreement, upon missing the March 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010 principal and interest payments, the interest rate on the outstanding debt and unpaid accrued interest increased by 3.00% to LIBOR plus 9.06%.

Due to continued copper inventory issues with the existing leach pads, combined with a reduction in the amount of mining activity stemming from inadequate working capital, Nord was unable to meet its target of becoming cash-flow positive in the second quarter of 2010. As a result, on July 5, 2010, Nord announced that it was implementing measures to reduce costs, maximize cash flow, and improve efficiencies. The measures include the temporary suspension of mining and crushing of ore; additional drilling, metallurgical testing, and assaying to enhance the understanding of mineralogy and the distribution of acid-soluble grades in the block model; and, updating the mine plan to optimize production and increase operating efficiencies. Nord is continuing to produce copper through the leaching of ore already in place on its existing pads and the operations of its SX-EW plant. Nord believes that it can continue its production near the current rate for the next few months and then it will slowly decline until the resumption of mining and crushing operations.

"The difficulty of meeting our production and cash flow targets using the existing leach pads has become increasingly evident," said Randy Davenport, interim Chief Executive Officer. "The suspension of mining and crushing new ore will enable us to conserve cash, to focus on a comprehensive program to better understand our ore body and optimize the mine plan, and to complete the engineering for a new leach pad. An important part of our future is the construction and operation of this pad that will significantly reduce the affects of copper held in solution inventory. The capital cost for the new pad is estimated at approximately $14 million and is scheduled to be operational by the end of the first quarter 2011. This schedule is dependent on successfully completing our capital restructure and obtaining new financing by the third quarter 2010."

"As we also have previously announced, in June 2010, we engaged FTI Consulting to provide us with financial advisory and consulting services. We have been working closely with them to carryout a refinancing of Nord's current capital structure and to raise additional funds," he said.

The company's continuation as a going concern depends on its ability to refinance the obligations under the Credit Agreement with Nedbank and the Copper Hedge Agreement with Nedbank Capital, and on its ability to produce copper to sell at a level where Nord becomes profitable and generates cash flows from operations. If management cannot restructure its current obligations and raise additional funds, or achieve its operating plan because of sales shortfalls, a reduction in copper prices, or other unfavorable events, the company may find it necessary to dispose of assets, or undertake other actions as may be appropriate.

Financial Highlights

Net sales for the 2010 second quarter were $8.7 million, up 44.9 percent from the 2010 first quarter ($6.0 million) and 67.3 percent higher than the $5.2 million (including $0.9 million from the settlement of copper hedges) recorded in the 2009 second quarter. The 2010 second-quarter sales were generated from the sale of 2,729,194 pounds of copper, a 12.7 percent increase from the 2010 first-quarter level of 2,421,936 pounds and a 31.8 percent increase as compared with 2,070,034 pounds of copper sold in the 2009 second quarter. Sales during the 2010 second quarter do not include the impact of the realized loss from copper-hedge activity in the amount of ($1.9 million) as these hedges were de-designated as cash-flow hedges and consequently not included as an element of revenue.

For the first half of 2010, net sales were $14.7 million (including losses of $1.9 million from the settlement of copper hedges) from the sale of 5,151,130 pounds of copper. Six-month 2010 sales were more than double the level for the first half of 2009 of $6.6 million (including $1.5 million from the settlement of copper hedges) from the sale of 2,626,087 pounds of copper which does not include the $0.7 million from the sale of 280,728 pounds of copper that occurred during the first quarter of 2009 which were credited against mine development costs while the company was still in the testing and development phase of the mine.

The average realized price of copper sold during 2010 three and six month periods ended June 30, 2010 was $3.19 and $2.86 per pound, respectively. The average realized price of copper sold during the 2010 three and six month periods ended June 30, 2010 would have been $2.50 and $2.49 per pound, respectively, if the copper hedges would have remained classified as cash flow hedges. The average realized price of copper sold during the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2009 was $2.50 and $2.51 per pound, respectively.

In the 2010 second quarter, Nord's costs applicable to sales were $4.3 million (including $0.9 million in ramp-up expenses), compared with $4.8 million (including $3.0 million in ramp-up expenses) in the 2009 period. For the first six months of 2010, costs were $7.7 million (including $1.8 million in ramp-up expenses), compared with $5.7 million (including $3.0 million in ramp-up expenses) in the first half of 2009.

Gross margin in the 2010 second quarter (excluding depreciation, depletion, and amortization) was $4.4 million or 50.5 percent of sales, compared with $0.4 million or 7.3 percent of sales in the 2009 period. For the first half of 2010, gross margin was $7.0 million or 47.9 percent of sales, compared with $0.9 million or 13.2 percent of sales in the 2009 period. The improvement in the second quarter results are primarily attributable due to the 31.8 percent increase in the volume of copper sold during the period and the classification of $1.9 million in realized losses from derivatives as other income (expense) rather than as an element of revenue. The improvement in the year to date results are primarily due to the 96.2 percent increase in the volume of copper sold during the period, the classification of $1.9 million in realized losses from derivatives as other income (expenses) rather than as an element of revenue and the lower cost of sulfuric acid used for leaching, which is a significant production cost factor.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses were flat at $0.7 million in the 2010 and 2009 second quarters. For the first half of 2010, G&A expenses decreased slightly to $1.2 million from $1.4 million in the 2009 period.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization expenses increased to $0.5 million in the 2010 second quarter, compared with $0.3 million in 2009 period and to $0.9 million for the first half of the year compared with $0.5 million in the first six months of 2009. The increases are primarily due to the increase in the tons mined and the copper produced in the 2010 periods compared with the prior-year periods when the company was just beginning to ramp-up its mining of new ore.

For the 2010 second quarter, the company recorded total other income (expense), net of ($10.4 million), compared with $0.5 million in the 2009 period. The negative other income in the 2010 second quarter primarily resulted from the de-designation of copper hedges from cash flow hedges to trading securities of ($13.4 million), the unrealized gains on the mark to market of copper derivatives classified as trading securities of $5.8 million, and the realized losses on the settlement of copper derivatives of ($1.9 million), compared with realized gains on the settlement of ineffective copper hedges in the amount of $0.1 million in the comparable 2009 period. Interest expense increased to $0.9 million in the second-quarter 2010 from $0.6 million in the 2009 quarter. The increase is primarily due to the 3% surcharge on the Nedbank Credit facility and from interest charges of $0.1 million on vendor financing.

For the first half of 2010 total other income (expense), net was ($11.1 million), compared with $0.6 million in the 2009 period. The decrease in 2010 primarily resulted from the previously cited de-designation of copper hedges from cash flow hedges to trading securities and unrealized gains in the fair value for the copper derivatives; and the realized losses on the settlement of copper derivatives, which compare with realized gains on the reclassification on ineffective copper hedges to trading securities in the amount of $1.4 million for the same period in the prior year on and a $0.7 million increase in interest expense resulting from the inclusion of interest for both quarters of 2010 versus only one quarter in 2009. The interest incurred during the first quarter of 2009 was capitalized as part of the Nedbank principal. For the first half of 2010, interest expense amounted to $1.5 million, compared with $0.8 million in the first six months of 2009.

Reflecting the change in accounting treatment of derivatives, Nord recorded a net loss for the 2010 second quarter of $7.2 million ($0.06 loss per basic and diluted share based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding of 111,688,821), compared with a net loss for the 2009 period of $1.2 million ($0.02 loss per basic and diluted share based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding of 69,944,154.

For the first half of 2010, the company incurred a net loss of $6.2 million ($0.06 loss per basic and diluted share based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding of 111,430,992), reflecting the previously cited change in accounting treatment for the company's copper derivatives. This compares with a net loss in the 2009 period of $0.5 million ($0.01 loss per basic and diluted share based on a weighted average number of basic and diluted shares outstanding of 69,859,195

Cash Flow

In view of the decision by Nedbank not to extend its forbearance agreements on the debt payments owed by Nord, the company is continuing to investigate alternatives to improve its liquidity. There can be no assurances given that the company's efforts will be successful.

At the end of the 2010 second quarter, the company had cash reserves of $0.3 million (excluding $0.7 million in restricted cash being held in conjunction with two letters of credit) and a working capital deficiency of $37.8 million (including $5.5 million in current liability portion of derivative contracts, $10.7 million in the current portion of long-term debt, and $2.4 million and $12.5 million of long-term derivative liabilities and long-term debt, respectively, that were classified as current liabilities due to the company's default on the related agreements). At the 2009 year-end, cash reserves were $1.3 million and the working capital deficiency amounted to $7.7 million, including $8.0 million in the current liability portion of derivative contracts and $7.4 million in the current portion of long-term debt, capital lease obligations, and accrued interest.

Cash flows from operating activities during the first six months of 2010 and 2009 were ($0.4 million) and ($0.6 million), respectively. The cash flows reflect the net losses incurred in the first six months of 2010 and 2009. The cash flows from operating activities were also severely impacted in both periods by the significant increase in the amount of copper that remains in inventory. Cash used in the mining and processing of inventory amounted to $11.4 million and $3.6 million during the 2010 and 2009 six-month periods, respectively. Cash used by operating activities was offset in part by an $8.0 million increase in accounts payable, accrued expenses, and accrued interest during the first half of 2010.

Cash flows from investing activities during the six-months 2010 period were ($0.6 million), which primarily represents the purchase of equipment used in the Johnson Camp Mine operation and preliminary engineering on a new leach pad. Cash flows from investing activities during the comparative 2009 period were ($8.3 million), primarily reflecting capital expenditures of $9.1 million related to the reactivation of the Johnson Camp Mine during this time period, $1.7 million (net of $0.7 million of copper sold during the period which includes $0.3 million of proceeds from the settlement of effective hedges) in mine development costs, $0.9 million in proceeds from the sale of ineffective copper hedges, and the reclassification of $1.5 million from restricted cash and marketable securities to cash and cash equivalents.

Cash flows from financing activities during the first half of 2010 was $31,711 compared with $4.9 million for the same period in 2009. On March 31, 2009, the company sold to Royalty Gold (then known as IRC Nevada Inc.) a 2.5% net smelter royalty on the mineral production sold from the existing mineral rights at Johnson Camp. Net proceeds from the sale of $5.0 million were recorded as deferred revenue and were used for working capital during the ramp up of our mining operations. Amounts payable to Royal Gold, which are being calculated based on the revenue generated from the sale of copper, are being expensed in the period incurred.

On July 29, 2010, Nord announced that it had converted the entire amount due to Fisher Sand & Gravel ("Fisher") of approximately $8.2 million into a two-year 6% interest note. Under the agreement, Fisher will receive monthly payments based on a formula related to the levels of copper sales made by Nord.

About Nord Resources

Nord Resources Corporation is a copper mining company whose primary asset is the Johnson Camp Mine, located approximately 65 miles east of Tucson, Arizona. Nord commenced mining new ore on February 1, 2009. For further information, please visit our website at www.nordresources.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release, other than those of historical facts, may be considered to be "forward-looking".

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Nord's ability to refinance the company, the market price of copper, general economic, market, and business conditions, ability to reach full production rates, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. In addition, Nord's business and operations are subject to the risks set forth in Nord's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at www.sec.gov, and in Nord's prospectus and other filings with the British Columbia and Ontario Securities Commissions, which are available through SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Nord assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements except as may be required by law.

    
                  NORD RESOURCES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                     JUNE 30, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009

                                                     June 30,    December 31,
                                                       2010          2009
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                    (Unaudited)
    ASSETS

    Current Assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                   $    335,120  $  1,298,138
      Accounts receivable                              210,854       781,393
      Inventories                                    8,046,042    15,685,103
      Prepaid expenses and other                        78,513        71,778
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Current Assets                         8,670,529    17,836,412
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Property and Equipment, at cost:
      Property and equipment                        47,366,436    47,227,963
      Less accumulated depreciation, depletion
       and amortization                             (6,224,571)   (4,358,804)
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Net Property and Equipment                  41,141,865    42,869,159
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Other Assets:
      Restricted marketable securities                 686,476       686,476
      Stockpiles and ore on leach pads              20,150,363             -
      Debt issuance costs, net of accumulated
       amortization                                    688,332       813,483
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Other Assets                          21,525,171     1,499,959
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Assets                              $ 71,337,565  $ 62,205,530
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------



                  NORD RESOURCES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                     JUNE 30, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009
                                 (Continued)

                                                     June 30,    December 31,
                                                       2010          2009
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                    (Unaudited)

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current Liabilities:
      Accounts payable                            $  5,035,121  $  7,952,694
      Accrued expenses                               4,163,802     1,900,720
      Current portion of deferred revenue               67,226       306,117
      Current maturities of accrued interest         1,133,374       185,802
      Current maturities of senior long-term debt   10,740,591     7,160,394
      Current maturities of long-term debt           4,919,992             -
      Current maturities of derivative contracts     5,494,151     7,967,695
      Current maturities of capital lease
       obligation                                       15,808        15,808
      Long-term derivative contracts accelerated
       due to default                                2,401,549             -
      Senior long-term debt accelerated due to
       default                                      12,517,235             -
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Current Liabilities                   46,488,849    25,489,230
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Long-Term Liabilities:
      Derivative contracts, less current maturities          -     5,101,263
      Senior long-term debt, less current maturities         -    16,097,432
      Long-term debt, less current maturities        3,274,129             -
      Capital lease obligation, less current
       maturities                                       18,148        27,087
      Deferred revenue, less current portion         4,715,564     4,544,567
      Accrued reclamation costs                        161,897       157,580
      Other                                             24,729       884,987
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Long-Term Liabilities                  8,194,467    26,812,916
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Liabilities                           54,683,316    52,302,146
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Commitments and contingencies

    Stockholders' Equity:
      Common stock: $.01 par value, 200,000,000
       shares authorized, 110,972,582 and
       110,435,586  shares issued and outstanding
       as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009,
       respectively                                  1,109,726     1,104,356
      Additional paid-in-capital                   121,638,692   121,488,765
      Accumulated deficit                         (105,774,627)  (99,620,778)
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss            (319,542)  (13,068,959)
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Stockholders' Equity                  16,654,249     9,903,384
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total Liabilities and Stockholders'
         Equity                                   $ 71,337,565  $ 62,205,530
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------



                  NORD RESOURCES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
               FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2010 AND 2009
                                 (Unaudited)
                                                       2010          2009
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net sales                                     $ 14,708,392  $  6,596,971

    Costs applicable to sales (exclusive of
     depreciation, depletion and amortization
     shown separately below)                         7,669,246     5,725,303
    General and administrative expenses (includes
     stock based compensation of $114,647 and
     $248,115, respectively)                         1,246,396     1,447,932
    Depreciation, depletion and amortization           857,941       501,676
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Income (loss) from operations                4,934,809    (1,077,940)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Other income (expense):
      Interest expense                              (1,486,343)     (777,399)
      Unrealized loss on de-designation of
       copper hedges                               (13,392,853)            -
      Unrealized gain on derivatives classified
       as trading securities                         5,816,694             -
      Realized gain (loss) on derivatives
       classified as trading securities             (1,878,084)    1,373,237
      Miscellaneous income (expense), net             (148,072)      (12,760)
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total other income (expense)               (11,088,658)      583,078
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Loss before income taxes                        (6,153,849)     (494,862)

    Provision for income taxes                               -             -
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net loss                                      $ (6,153,849) $   (494,862)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net loss per basic and diluted share of
     common stock:

      Weighted average number of basic and
       diluted common shares outstanding           111,430,992    69,859,195
      Basic and diluted loss per share of
       common stock                               $      (0.06) $      (0.01)



                  NORD RESOURCES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
               CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
              FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2010 AND 2009
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                       2010          2009
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net sales                                     $  8,703,078  $  5,179,552

    Costs applicable to sales (exclusive of
     depreciation, depletion and amortization
     shown separately below)                         4,308,551     4,800,221
    General and administrative expenses (includes
     stock based compensation of $63,721 and
     $62,592, respectively)                            664,352       664,560
    Depreciation, depletion and amortization           461,048       317,267
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Income (loss) from operations                3,269,127      (602,496)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Other income (expense):
      Interest expense                                (892,624)     (641,976)
      Unrealized loss on de-designation of
       copper hedges                               (13,392,853)            -
      Unrealized gain on derivatives classified
       as trading securities                         5,816,694             -
      Realized gain (loss) on derivatives
       classified as trading securities             (1,878,084)      111,998
      Miscellaneous income (expense), net              (84,898)      (17,712)
                                                  ------------- -------------

        Total other income (expense)               (10,431,765)     (547,690)
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Loss before income taxes                        (7,162,638)   (1,150,186)

    Provision for income taxes                               -             -
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net loss                                      $ (7,162,638) $ (1,150,186)
                                                  ------------- -------------
                                                  ------------- -------------

    Net loss per basic and diluted share of
     common stock:

        Weighted average number of basic and
         diluted common shares outstanding         111,688,821    69,944,154
        Basic and diluted loss per share of
         common stock                             $      (0.06) $      (0.02)
    



For further information: For further information: Wayne Morrison, Chief Financial Officer, Nord Resources Corporation, (520) 292-0266, www.nordresources.com; Investor and Media Relations, Richard Wertheim, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416) 594-1600 ext. 223 or (416) 518-8479 (cell) or by email at wertheim@wertheim.ca

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