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General Moly Announces First Quarter 2011 Results

Monday, May 02, 2011

General Moly Announces First Quarter 2011 Results08:30 EDT Monday, May 02, 2011 LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- General Moly, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE Amex and TSX: GMO) announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was approximately $4.2 million ($0.05 per share), compared to a loss of $2.8 million ($0.04 per share) for the year ago period. Our cash balance at the end of the first quarter was approximately $64 million compared to approximately $54 million at the end of 2010. During the first quarter, cash use of approximately $9 million was the result of approximately $5 million in development, engineering, advance royalty and equipment deposit costs and approximately $4 million in General and Administrative costs offset by approximately $19 million in warrant exercise proceeds. During the remainder of 2011, spending levels will largely be tied to progress toward receipt of the Mt. Hope project's construction and operating permits. Financial information is included at the end of this release. FINANCING UPDATE Future spending levels for the Mt. Hope project are connected to receipt of permits for the Mt. Hope project. When final permits are received, POS-Minerals Corporation (the 20% owner of the Mt. Hope project) is anticipated to fund its final $56 million initial contribution, plus 20% of all money the Company has spent on the Mt. Hope project at that point. The Company estimates this combined payment will be approximately $100 million. From that point forward, the project will be funded 80% by the Company and 20% by POS-Minerals Corporation. Also, within two months after the Mt. Hope project's permits are received, pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement between the Company and Hanlong (USA) Mining Investment, Inc. (“Hanlong”), Hanlong is obligated to procure a drawable loan from a Chinese bank of not less than $665 million. The Company is continuing work with a Chinese engineering firm to develop a Chinese language version of the Bankable Feasibility Study for the Chinese banks. This work is planned for completion during the second quarter of this year. When the bank loan is in place, the Company intends to close on Hanlong's Tranche 2 equity sale for $40 million, bringing Hanlong's share position in the Company to 25% on a fully-diluted basis. In total, these financing commitments are anticipated to fully fund the development of the Mt. Hope project. PERMITTING UPDATE The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) and its independent Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) contractor completed and circulated a second draft of the Mt. Hope project's Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“PDEIS”) on April 11, 2011. Comments from reviewing agencies are due to the BLM on May 6, 2011. Following receipt of submitted comments, the BLM and its independent contractor will evaluate and incorporate comments as necessary before moving forward with the production of the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for publication. The DEIS is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter and published in the Federal Register in the second or third quarter. Following publication of the DEIS, full permits are anticipated within six to nine months. WATER RIGHTS UPDATE On April 22, 2011, the Nevada State Engineer issued a Notice of Hearing scheduling an additional day of hearing to be held on May 10, 2011. The additional day is a continuation of the Hearing held in December 2010 and is to receive and allow cross-examination related to information requested by the State Engineer. Based on the date of this hearing, the Company now anticipates a grant of applications on its water rights most likely in the third quarter of this year. The Company remains confident that the State Engineer will ultimately rule favorably on our applications and issue final water permits for the Mt. Hope project in sufficient time to maintain the Company's current project development timeline. The Company continues to hold discussions with protestants to its water applications, including the County of Eureka, in an effort to find a solution to the protestants' opposition of the Company's water applications. ENGINEERING AND EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT UPDATE The Company will restart engineering and procurement efforts following the publication of the DEIS. Although the Company has purchased and ordered most of the long-lead milling equipment, firm orders for much of the mobile mine fleet and other process equipment must still be placed. MOLYBDENUM MARKET UPDATE Over the first quarter of 2011, molybdenum prices traded slightly upward and finished the quarter at $17.20 per pound, compared to $16.40 per pound at the end of last year. Since the end of the first quarter, prices have continued their general upward trend and are currently trading near $17.40 per pound. Higher prices continue to be driven by Chinese steel demand, as well as a more gradual return of western world growth, particularly relating to stainless steel. According to the International Molybdenum Association, China remained a net importer of molybdenum in 2010, although net imports of approximately 4 million pounds were down from 2009 levels indicating that high-cost domestic production within China that shuttered in 2008 and 2009 as a response to low prices has likely returned to production. Low levels of raw exports from China continue to force Korean and Japanese steel producers to source molybdenum from the West. Additional information on the Company's first quarter 2011 results will be available in General Moly's 2011 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)       March 31,2011(Unaudited)December 31,2010ASSETS: CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 64,226 $ 53,571 Deposits, prepaid expenses and other current assets   86     148   Total Current Assets   64,312     53,719   Mining properties, land and water rights 135,354 133,093 Deposits on project property, plant and equipment 68,369 68,363 Restricted cash held for electricity transmission 12,005 12,005 Restricted cash held for reclamation bonds 1,133 1,133 Non-mining property and equipment, net 965 1,045 Debt issuance costs 1,318 887 Other assets   2,994       2,994   TOTAL ASSETS $286,450   $273,239   LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY: CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 1,396 $ 4,138 Accrued advance royalties 8,950 9,500 Current portion of long term debt   10,405     194   Total Current Liabilities   20,751     13,832   Provision for post closure reclamation and remediation costs 559 571 Deferred gain 500 215 Accrued advance royalties 8,950 8,950 Accrued payments to Agricultural Sustainability Trust 4,000 4,000 Long term debt, net of current portion   280     10,481   Total Liabilities   35,040     38,049     COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES     CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   98,753     98,753     EQUITY Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 90,690,011 and 85,353,473 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 91 85 Additional paid-in capital 254,887 234,517 Accumulated deficit before exploration stage (213 ) (213 ) Accumulated deficit during exploration and development stage   (102,108 )   (97,952 ) Total Equity   152,657     136,437   TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY $ 286,450   $ 273,239     GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)       Three Months EndedJanuary 1,2002(Inception ofExplorationStage) toMarch 31,2011March 31,2011   March 31,2010   REVENUES $ — $ — $ — OPERATING EXPENSES: Exploration and evaluation 169 127 38,302 Write downs of development and deposits — — 5,416 General and administrative expense   3,938     2,719     63,465   TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES   4,107     2,846     107,183   LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (4,107 ) (2,846 ) (107,183 ) OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSE) Interest and dividend income 11 1 4,052 Interest expense   (60 )   —     (224 ) TOTAL OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSE), NET   (49 )   1     3,828   LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES (4,156 ) (2,845 ) (103,355 ) Income Taxes   —     —     —   CONSOLIDATED NET LOSS $ (4,156 ) $ (2,845 ) $ (103,355 ) Less: Net loss attributable to contingently redeemable noncontrolling interest   —     —     1,247   NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENERAL MOLY, INC. $ (4,156 ) $ (2,845 ) $ (102,108 ) Basic and diluted net loss attributable to General Moly per share of common stock $ (0.05 ) $ (0.04 ) Weighted average number of shares outstanding – basic and diluted 90,372 72,546   GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited - In thousands)         Three Months Ended   January 1, 2002(Inception ofExplorationStage) toMarch 31,2011March 31,2011   March 31,2010   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net Loss $ (4,156 ) $ (2,845 ) $ (103,355 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 91 89 1,323 Interest expense 60 — 224 Equity compensation for employees and directors 1,039 431 16,138 Decrease (increase) in deposits, prepaid expenses and other 62 (5 ) 6 (Decrease) increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities (3,292 ) (1,191 ) 166 (Decrease) increase in post closure reclamation and remediation costs (12 ) (25 ) 350 Services and expenses paid with common stock — — 1,990 Repricing of warrants — — 965 Write downs of development and deposits — — 5,416 (Increase) in restricted cash held for electricity transmission   —     —     (12,005 ) Net cash used by operating activities   (6,208 )   (3,546 )   (88,782 ) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchase and development of mining properties, land and water rights (2,272 ) (2,772 ) (110,979 ) Deposits on property, plant and equipment (6 ) (17,788 ) (68,090 ) Proceeds from option to purchase agreement 285 100 500 Purchase of securities — — (137 ) Increase in restricted cash held for reclamation bonds — — (642 ) Payments for the purchase of equipment — — (1,548 ) Cash provided by sale of marketable securities   —     —     246 Net cash used by investing activities   (1,993 )   (20,460 )   (180,650 ) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from issuance of stock, net of issuance costs 19,337 56 227,644 Net (decrease) increase in leased assets (50 ) (47 ) 280 (Increase) in debt issuance costs (431 ) — (1,318 ) Proceeds from debt — — 10,000 Cash proceeds from POS-Minerals Corporation — — 100,000 Cash paid to POS-Minerals Corporation for purchase price adjustment   —     —     (2,994 ) Net cash provided by financing activities   18,856     9     333,612 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 10,655 (23,997 ) 64,180 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   53,571     48,614     46 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 64,226   $ 24,617   $ 64,226 NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Equity compensation capitalized as development $ (34 ) $ 267 $ 6,166 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 Accrued portion of deposits on property, plant and equipment — (5,411 ) — Accrued portion of advance royalties — — 17,900 Accrued portion of payments to the Agricultural Sustainability Trust — — 4,000   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 http://www.generalmoly.com. 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. General Moly, Inc.Investors:Seth Foreman, 303-928-8591sforeman@generalmoly.comorMedia:Zach Spencer, 775-748-6059zspencer@generalmoly.cominfo@generalmoly.comhttp://www.generalmoly.com