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CORRECTING and REPLACING General Moly Announces Second Quarter Results

Friday, July 30, 2010

CORRECTING and REPLACING General Moly Announces Second Quarter Results11:02 EDT Friday, July 30, 2010 LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- In the financial table CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts), the third and fourth rows should read: Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended   January 1, 2002(Inception ofExplorationStage) to June30, 2010June 30,2010   June 30,2009June 30,2010   June 30,2009   Exploration and evaluation 180 166 308 364 37,818 General and administrative expense 2,985 2,724 5,703 5,637 54,689 The corrected release reads: GENERAL MOLY ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER RESULTS General Moly (NYSE Amex: GMO) (TSX: GMO) announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net loss for the three month period ended June 30, 2010 was approximately $3.2 million ($0.04 per share), compared to a loss of $2.8 million ($0.04 per share) for the year ago period. Net loss for the six month period ended June 30, 2010 was approximately $6.0 million ($0.08 per share), compared to a loss of $5.8 million ($0.08 per share) for the year ago period. Consolidated cash balance at the end of the second quarter was approximately $23 million compared to approximately $25 million at the end of the first quarter and approximately $49 million at the end of 2009. During the second quarter, cash use of approximately $12 million was the result of $9 million in development and milling equipment deposit costs and approximately $3 million in General and Administrative costs, offset by $10 million in proceeds from the first tranche of the Hanlong Bridge Loan. The company anticipates receiving $40 million before the end of the year from the closing of the first Tranche of Hanlong equity financing. The Company anticipates spending approximately $4 million on previously-contracted long-lead milling equipment and associated freight and tax payments through the rest of the year, in addition to ongoing administrative costs of approximately $3 million per quarter. Financial information is included at the end of this release. FINANCING UPDATE Hanlong and the Company continue to work toward achievement of Tranche 1 Conditions. The Company received overwhelming support from stockholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting and is continuing to progress toward publication of the Draft EIS. Hanlong, along with support from General Moly, is continuing work toward receiving the Chinese Government approvals for the investment. On July 29, Hanlong received the third and final signature required for Sichuan Provincial National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approval and Hanlong has advanced the approval to NDRC's Beijing headquarters. Once the national NDRC approves the transaction, Hanlong will pursue approvals from the Ministry of Commerce and the State Administration for Foreign Exchange (SAFE). Under the terms of the agreement, Hanlong is required to obtain government approvals for the investment within three months of stockholder approval, or August 13, 2010. Based on discussions with Hanlong, it was determined that it is highly unlikely that all of the Chinese Government approvals will be fully obtained by this deadline. Therefore, on July 30, the Company executed an amendment to the Hanlong agreement extending the deadline for obtaining government approvals by two months to October 13, 2010. In consideration for the extension, the amendment also extends the Company's deadlines for publishing its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and receiving its Record of Decision (ROD) by two months, to February 28, 2011 and November 30, 2011, respectively, although the Company currently does not anticipate utilizing the additional time permitted for the publication of the DEIS or receipt of the ROD. Bruce D. Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Both Hanlong and General Moly remain committed to our long-term significant relationship and closing this transaction. We do not anticipate the delay in receiving Chinese government approval to impact the overall Mt. Hope project development timeline as permitting continues to be on the critical path to Mt. Hope's development.” PERMITTING UPDATE The Company's hydrology studies were contingently approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late June and a formal letter from the BLM accepting the studies as complete was received in late July. A Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement (PDEIS) is planned to be completed and provided to Cooperating Agencies in the first half of August. These Agencies will then have 25 business days to review and provide comments on the PDEIS to the BLM, which will incorporate those comments into a Draft EIS (DEIS). The Company currently expects the DEIS to be published later this year. Following publication of the DEIS, the public will be allowed to review and comment on the DEIS and a Final EIS will be drafted prior to the issuance of the Record of Decision (ROD), which the Company anticipates receiving by mid-2011. In June 2010, the Company filed change applications with the State Engineer's office requesting permits to withdraw water at well locations matching those incorporated in the Company's final hydrology models now approved by the BLM. These change applications are required by law to go through a publication and protest period, which will close August 23, 2010. The State Engineer will then set a hearing date in the latter part of this year. The Company remains confident that it will be granted required water permits for the Mt. Hope project in sufficient time to maintain the Company's current project development timeline. The Company is also continuing work with the Commissioners of Eureka County and the growers in Diamond Valley to find a solution to their opposition of the Company's water applications. The Company's scientific studies continue to indicate that Mt. Hope's water pumping in Kobeh Valley will have virtually no impact to water in Diamond Valley. ENGINEERING AND EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT UPDATE The Company will restart engineering efforts, which had been paused in March 2009 to conserve cash, following the publication of the Draft EIS. Equipment procurement efforts, which had also been paused, will resume later in the year or early next year. Although the Company has secured orders for most of the long-lead milling equipment, firm orders for much of the mobile mine fleet still must be placed. MOLYBDENUM MARKET UPDATE Over the second quarter of 2010, according to Platts Metals Week, spot molybdenum prices peaked at $17.92 per pound in mid-April and traded lower toward $15 per pound by the end of June. More recently, prices have continued to trend lower and are currently approximately $14 per pound. Reports from a variety of sources indicate that inventory levels of the metal are low, but both consumers and intermediaries are reluctant to purchase and rebuild inventories given the lack of consensus around global economic growth levels. China remains a net importer of moly through May, importing approximately 6.25 million net pounds year-to-date. Low levels of raw moly exports from China continue to force Korean and Japanese steel producers to source moly from the West. Additional information on the Company's second quarter 2010 results will be available in General Moly's 2010 Form 10-Q, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on the Company's website. GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited - In thousands except per share amounts)     June 30,2010December 31,2009     ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,895 $ 48,614 Deposits, prepaid expenses and other current assets   183     179   Total Current Assets   23,078     48,793   Mining properties, land and water rights 106,977 101,190 Deposits on project property, plant and equipment 67,400 42,648 Restricted cash held for electricity transmission 12,286 12,286 Restricted cash held for reclamation bonds 1,133 1,133 Non-mining property and equipment, net 452 553 Other assets   2,994     2,994   TOTAL ASSETS $ 214,320   $ 209,597   LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 2,952 $ 3,799 Current portion of long term debt   144     163   Total Current Liabilities   3,096     3,962   Provision for post closure reclamation and remediation costs 561 586 Deferred gain 200 100 Long term debt, net of current portion   10,239     268   Total Liabilities   14,096     4,916     COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   99,761     99,761     EQUITY Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 72,567,538 and 72,437,538 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 73 72 Additional paid-in capital 188,878 187,290 Accumulated deficit before exploration stage (213 ) (213 ) Accumulated deficit during exploration and development stage   (88,275 )   (82,229 ) Total Equity   100,463     104,920   TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY $ 214,320   $ 209,597     GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)       Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJanuary 1, 2002(Inception ofExploration Stage)to June 30, 2010June 30,2010   June 30,2009June 30,2010   June 30,2009   REVENUES $ — $ — $ — $ — $ — OPERATING EXPENSES: Exploration and evaluation 180 166 308 364 37,818 General and administrative expense   2,985     2,724     5,703     5,637     54,689   TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES   3,165     2,890     6,011     6,001     92,507   LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (3,165 ) (2,890 ) (6,011 ) (6,001 ) (92,507 ) OTHER INCOME Interest and dividend income 5 — 6 8 3,969 Interest expense (41 ) — (41 ) — (41 ) Other income   —     —     —     —     65   TOTAL OTHER INCOME   (36 )   —     (35 )   8     3,993   LOSS BEFORE TAXES (3,201 ) (2,890 ) (6,046 ) (5,993 ) (88,514 ) Income Taxes   —     —     —     —     —   NET LOSS $ (3,201 ) $ (2,890 ) $ (6,046 ) $ (5,993 ) $ (88,514 ) Less: Net loss attributable to contingently redeemable noncontrolling interest   —     136     —     239     239   NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENERAL MOLY, INC. $ (3,201 ) $ (2,754 ) $ (6,046 ) $ (5,754 ) $ (88,275 ) Basic and diluted net loss attributable to General Moly per share of common stock $ (0.04 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.08 ) Weighted average number of shares outstanding – basic and diluted 72,568 72,104 72,557 72,034   GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited - In thousands)       Six Months EndedJanuary 1, 2002(Inception ofExplorationStage) toJune 30,2010     June 30,2010   June 30, 2009   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:     Net Loss $ (6,046 ) $ (5,993 ) $ (88,514 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities: Services and expenses paid with common stock — — 1,990 Repricing of warrants 585 — 585 Forfeitures of deposits on property and equipment — 378 378 Depreciation and amortization 184 173 1,081 Interest expense 41 — 41 Equity compensation for employees and directors 604 257 14,062 (Increase) decrease in deposits, prepaid expenses and other (4 ) 5 (91 ) Decrease (increase) in restricted cash held for electricity transmission — 259 (12,286 ) (Decrease) increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities (975 ) 346 2,390 (Decrease) increase in post closure reclamation and remediation costs   (25   )   (145   )   352   Net cash used by operating activities   (5,636   )   (4,720   )   (80,012 ) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Payments for the purchase of equipment — — (1,424 ) Purchase of securities — — (137 ) Purchase and development of mining properties, land and water rights (5,819 ) (16,312 ) (100,452 ) Deposits on property, plant and equipment (24,331 ) (1,346 ) (67,357 ) Proceeds from option to purchase agreement 100 100 200 Increase in restricted cash held for reclamation bonds — — (642 ) Cash provided by sale of marketable securities   —     —     246 Net cash used by investing activities   (30,050   )   (17,558   )   (169,566 ) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from issuance of stock, net of issuance costs 56 63 165,260 Proceeds from debt 10,000 — 10,000 Cash proceeds from POS-Minerals Corporation — — 100,000 Cash paid to POS-Minerals Corporation for purchase price adjustment — — (2,994 ) Decrease in restricted cash – Eureka Moly, LLC — 13,784 — Net increase (decrease) in leased assets   (89 )   (63 )   161 Net cash provided by financing activities   9,967     13,784     272,427 Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (25,719 ) (8,494 ) 22,849 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   48,614     78,462     46 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 22,895   $ 69,968   $ 22,895 NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Equity compensation capitalized as development $ 472 $ 358 $ 5,551 Restricted cash held for reclamation bond acquired in an acquisition — — 491 Post closure reclamation and remediation costs and accounts payable assumed in an acquisition — — 263 Common stock and warrants issued for property and equipment — — 1,586   General Moly is a U.S.-based molybdenum mineral development, exploration and mining company listed on the NYSE Amex (formerly the American Stock Exchange) and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GMO. Our primary asset, our interest in the Mt. Hope project located in central Nevada, is considered one of the world's largest and highest grade molybdenum deposits. Combined with our second molybdenum property, the Liberty project that is also located in central Nevada, our goal is to become the largest primary molybdenum producer by the middle of the decade. For more information on the Company, please visit our website at Forward-Looking Statements Statements herein that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated, expected, or implied by the Company. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, metals price and production volatility, global economic conditions, currency fluctuations, increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans, exploration risks and results, political, operational and project development risks, including the Company's ability to obtain required permits to commence production and its ability to raise required financing, adverse governmental regulation and judicial outcomes. The closing of the Hanlong transaction and obtaining bank financing are subject to a number of conditions precedent that may not be fulfilled. For a detailed discussion of risks and other factors that may impact these forward looking statements, please refer to the Risk Factors and other discussion contained in the Company's quarterly and annual periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, on file with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.