Ur-Energy Releases 2016 Q1 Results; Webcast May 11, 2016

LITTLETON, Colo., May 6, 2016 /CNW/ -- Ur-Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT:URG TSX:URE,)  ("Ur-Energy" or the "Company") has filed the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml and with Canadian securities authorities on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

Chairman of the Company, Jeff Klenda noted "Our program of term-priced contracts, which are in place through the end of the decade, is serving us extremely well in the current challenging market environment. Our Board of Directors is to be commended for its foresight and commitment to safeguard the Company and its shareholders with these contracts. Also key in this market, Lost Creek operations continue to be reliable, at industry-leading costs of production. 

Lost Creek Uranium Production and Sales
During the three months ended March 31, 2016, 159,331 pounds of U3O8 were captured within the Lost Creek plant. 173,844 pounds were packaged in drums and 182,150 pounds of the drummed inventory were shipped to the conversion facility. We sold 75,000 pounds of U3O8 during the quarter. Inventory, production and sales figures for the Lost Creek Project are presented in the following tables.

 

















Production Costs


Unit


2016 Q1


2015 Q4


2015 Q3


2015 Q2


















Pounds captured


lb



159,331



211,717



172,282



207,268


Ad valorem and severance tax


$000


$

420


$

470


$

674


$

310


Wellfield cash cost (1)


$000


$

1,013


$

1,017


$

990


$

830


Wellfield non-cash cost (1)(2)


$000


$

731


$

619


$

1,087


$

1,333


Ad valorem and severance tax per pound captured


$/lb


$

2.64


$

2.22


$

3.91


$

1.50


Cash cost per pound captured


$/lb


$

6.36


$

4.80


$

5.75


$

4.00


Non-cash cost per pound captured


$/lb


$

4.59


$

2.92


$

6.31


$

6.43


















Pounds drummed


lb



173,844



189,480



176,850



183,858


Plant cash cost (3)


$000


$

1,696


$

1,687


$

1,824


$

1,983


Plant non-cash cost (2)(3)


$000


$

497


$

497


$

498


$

498


Cash cost per pound drummed


$/lb


$

9.76


$

8.90


$

10.31


$

10.79


Non-cash cost per pound drummed


$/lb


$

2.86


$

2.63


$

2.82


$

2.71


















Pounds shipped to conversion facility


lb



182,150



181,568



184,380



179,672


Distribution cash cost (4)


$000


$

88


$

128


$

80


$

141


Cash cost per pound shipped


$/lb


$

0.48


$

0.70


$

0.43


$

0.78


















Pounds purchased


lb



-



-



-



200,000


Purchase costs


$000


$

-


$

-


$

-


$

7,878


Cash cost per pound purchased


$/lb


$

-


$

-


$

-


$

39.39



















Notes:

1

Wellfield costs include all wellfield operating costs plus amortization of the related mineral property acquisition costs and depreciation of the related asset retirement obligation costs.  Wellfield construction and development costs, which include wellfield drilling, header houses, pipelines, power lines, roads, fences and disposal wells, are treated as development expense and are not included in wellfield operating costs.

2

Non-cash costs include depreciation of plant equipment, capitalized ARO costs and amortization of the investment in the mineral property acquisition costs. The expenses are calculated on a straight line basis so the expense is constant for each quarter. The cost per pound from these costs will therefore vary based on production levels only.

3

Plant costs include all plant operating costs, site overhead costs and depreciation of the related plant construction and asset retirement obligation costs.

4

Distribution costs include all shipping costs and costs charged by the conversion facility for weighing, sampling, assaying and storing the U3O8 prior to sale.

 
















Sales and cost of sales


Unit


2016 Q1


2015 Q4


2015 Q3


2015 Q2
















Pounds sold


lb



75,000



225,000



150,000



404,000

U3O8 sales


$000


$

2,709


$

7,756


$

8,459


$

18,213

Average contract price


$/lb


$

39.35


$

28.49


$

66.71


$

46.88

Average spot price


$/lb


$

34.50


$

36.18


$

35.75


$

36.50

Average price per pound sold


$/lb


$

36.12


$

34.47


$

56.39


$

45.08
















U3O8 cost of sales (1)


$000


$

1,855


$

5,931


$

4,180


$

13,791

Ad valorem and severance tax cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

2.61


$

2.80


$

2.59


$

2.78

Cash cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

15.41


$

15.42


$

15.19


$

16.15

Non-cash cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

6.71


$

8.13


$

10.09


$

10.05

Cost per pound sold - produced


$/lb


$

24.73


$

26.35


$

27.87


$

28.98

Cost per pound sold - purchased


$/lb


$

-


$

-


$

-


$

39.39

Average cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

24.73


$

26.35


$

27.87


$

34.14
















U3O8 gross profit


$000


$

854


$

1,825


$

4,279


$

4,422

Gross profit per pound sold


$/lb


$

11.39


$

8.11


$

28.52


$

10.94

Gross profit margin


%



31.5%



23.5%



50.6%



24.3%
















Ending Inventory Balances















Pounds















In-process inventory


lb



71,602



88,788



71,860



79,036

Plant inventory


lb



22,062



30,367



22,455



30,006

Conversion facility inventory


lb



173,178



63,776



102,782



66,314

Total inventory


lb



266,842



182,931



197,097



175,356
















Total cost















In-process inventory


$000


$

977


$

994


$

1,121


$

1,219

Plant inventory


$000


$

569


$

742


$

712


$

850

Conversion facility inventory


$000


$

4,388


$

1,609


$

3,025


$

1,815

Total inventory


$000


$

5,934


$

3,345


$

4,858


$

3,884
















Cost per pound















In-process inventory


$/lb


$

13.64


$

11.20


$

15.60


$

15.42

Plant inventory


$/lb


$

25.79


$

24.43


$

31.71


$

28.33

Conversion facility inventory


$/lb


$

25.34


$

25.23


$

29.43


$

27.37


Notes:

1

Cost of sales include all production costs (notes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the previous Inventory and Production table) adjusted for changes in inventory values.

 

U3O8 sales of $2.7 million for 2016 Q1 were based on selling 75,000 pounds at an average price of $36.12, with a regularly-scheduled contract delivery of 25,000 pounds and a sale of 50,000 pounds on the spot market. For the quarter, our cost of sales totaled $1.9 million based on selling 75,000 pounds from production at a total cost per pound of $24.73, down from $26.35 in the previous quarter.  As most of the sales were from inventory already at the conversion facility, the cost per pound sold was not reflective of the increased cost per pound produced for the quarter. 

The gross profit from uranium sales for the quarter was $0.9 million, which represents a gross profit margin of approximately 32%. This was higher than the previous quarter due to higher contract price and a decrease in costs mainly associated with the change in the non-cash wellfield costs in the fourth quarter of 2015 which flowed through to cost of sales in the current quarter.

 

Total Cost Per Pound Sold
Reconciliation


Unit


2016 Q1


2015 Q4


2015 Q2


2015 Q2


















Ad valorem & severance taxes


$000


$

420


$

470


$

674


$

310


Wellfield costs


$000


$

1,744


$

1,636


$

2,077


$

2,163


Plant and site costs


$000


$

2,193


$

2,184


$

2,322


$

2,481


Distribution costs


$000


$

88


$

128


$

80


$

141


Inventory change


$000


$

(2,590)


$

1,513


$

(973)


$

818


Cost of sales - produced


$000


$

1,855


$

5,931


$

4,180


$

5,913


Cost of sales - purchased


$000


$


$


$


$

7,878


Total cost of sales


$000


$

1,855


$

5,931


$

4,180


$

13,791


















Pounds sold produced


lb



75,000



225,000



150,000



204,000


Pounds sold purchased


lb









200,000


Total pounds sold


lb



75,000



225,000



150,000



404,000


















Average cost per pound sold - produced (1)


$/lb


$

24.73


$

26.35


$

27.87


$

28.98


Average cost per pound sold - purchased


$/lb


$

-


$

-


$

-


$

39.39


Total average cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

24.73


$

26.35


$

27.87


$

34.14




1

The cost per pound sold reflects both cash and non-cash costs, which are combined as cost of sales in the statement of operations included in this filing.  The cash and non-cash cost components are identified in the above inventory, production and sales table.

 

The cost of sales includes ad valorem and severance taxes related to the extraction of uranium, all costs of wellfield, plant and site operations including the related depreciation and amortization of capitalized assets, reclamation and mineral property costs, plus product distribution costs. These costs are also used to value inventory and the resulting inventoried cost per pound is compared to the estimated sales prices based on the contracts or spot sales anticipated for the distribution of the product. Any costs in excess of the calculated market value are charged to cost of sales.

Continuing Guidance for 2016
As a result of the continuing low spot price environment, we anticipate that we will continue to maintain production at levels that will be consistent with our contractual sales obligations, which are 662,000 pounds at an average realizable price of $47.61 per pound (including the deliveries assigned during the quarter) in the current year.  The monthly 2016 production target for Lost Creek is to dry and drum an average of 55,000 to 60,000 pounds U3O8. Production at this level will permit delivery into our 2016 term contract commitments, discretionary spot sales, and the continuing buildup of our inventory, with an estimated final production for 2016 within the previously-projected range of 650,000 to 750,000 pounds U3O8. Our production rate may be adjusted based on operational refinements, and indicators in the market, including uranium spot market and term pricing, and other factors. The assignment of delivery obligations we made in March 2016 permits us greater flexibility to make such operational decisions and/or to continue to build inventory.

We ended the quarter with 195,240 pounds of dried and drummed U3O8 in ending inventory, of which 173,178 pounds were held at the conversion facility.  The increase in inventory is the result of continued drumming and shipments to the converter at targeted production rates, together with lower scheduled deliveries into sales contracts and only one spot sale.  At the end of the quarter, the average cash cost per pound in the conversion facility ending inventory was $15.85, an increase from $15.39 at the end of the previous quarter, and is reflective of the increased cost per pound produced for the quarter, which was again primarily driven by the lower production levels. 

Webcast and Teleconference
A webcast and teleconference will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the results and provide an operational update.  A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Those wishing to participate by phone can do so by calling:

US Toll-free Number                       1-877-226-2859
Canada Toll-free Number                1-855-669-9657
International Number                      1-412-542-4134

Ask to be joined into the Ur-Energy call.

The call is being webcast by PR Newswire. The webcast can be accessed 10 minutes prior to the call. Pre-registration and participation access is available by clicking here or by copying the following URL into your web browser:

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1186/14900

If you are unable to join the call, a link will be available following the webcast on the Company's website www.ur-energy.com.

About Ur-Energy
Ur-Energy is a junior uranium mining company operating the Lost Creek in-situ recovery uranium facility in south-central Wyoming. The Lost Creek processing facility has a two million pounds per year nameplate capacity.  The Company has begun to submit applications for permits and licenses to operate Shirley Basin.  Ur-Energy is engaged in uranium mining, recovery and processing activities, including the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of uranium mineral properties in the United States. Shares of Ur-Energy trade on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "URG" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "URE." All currency figures in this announcement are in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Ur-Energy's corporate office is located in Littleton, Colorado; its registered office is in Ottawa, Ontario. Ur-Energy's website is www.ur-energy.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Rich Boberg, Senior Director IR/PR


Jeffrey T. Klenda, Chair, Executive Director

866-981-4588     


866-981-4588     

rich.boberg@ur-energy.com    


jeff.klenda@ur-energy.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws regarding events or conditions that may occur in the future (e.g., results of production and continued maintenance of steady state operations at the Lost Creek facility; ability to meet production targets and to timely deliver into existing contractual obligations; whether the Company's long term contracts adequately protect against market volatility; the ability to realize the technical and economic viability of the Lost Creek Project as set forth in the PEA for the Lost Creek Property) and are based on current expectations that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, inherently involve a number of significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates; failure to establish estimated resources and reserves; the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates; production rates, methods and amounts varying from estimates; delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals; inflation; changes in exchange rates; fluctuations in commodity prices; delays in development and other factors described in the public filings made by the Company at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date hereof and Ur-Energy disclaims any intent or obligation to update them or revise them to reflect any change in circumstances or in management's beliefs, expectations or opinions that occur in the future. 

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