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Molycorp Reports Record Fiscal Year 2011 Results

<p> <b>HIGHLIGHTS:</b> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Molycorp announced this week the successful launch of the sequential start-up of its new Project Phoenix rare earth manufacturing facility at Mountain Pass, which is ahead of schedule. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> The Company confirmed that Project Phoenix remains on its accelerated schedule, with a target of achieving a Phase 1 production run rate of 19,050 metric tons of rare earth oxide (REO) equivalent by the end of Q3 2012 (3 months earlier than originally planned) and Phase 2 mechanical completion by the end of Q4 2012 (6 months earlier than originally planned). </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> 2011 revenues were $396.8 million, up $361.7 million from 2010 revenues of $35.2 million. 2011 sales volumes at Mountain Pass increased 67% over 2010 levels, to 3,050 metric tons REO equivalent. Consolidated sales across all segments reached 3,516 metric tons. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Molycorp reported Q4 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.26, or $0.41 adjusted earnings per diluted share. The Company also reported 2011 GAAP earnings per diluted share of $1.27, or $1.73 adjusted earnings per diluted share. Adjusted EPS takes into account certain non-cash and other out-of-ordinary operational and business expansion items. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> The Company reported a $169.1 million increase in GAAP net income over the prior year. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Molycorp registered Q4 GAAP net sales revenue of $132.9 million, based on the sale of 886 metric tons of REO equivalent. The Company also reported Q4 gross sales of $145.2 million based on 1,420 metric tons of REO equivalent products. </li> </ul>

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Molycorp Reports Record Fiscal Year 2011 Results16:01 EST Thursday, February 23, 2012 GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (Business Wire) -- Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011. “2011 was a very successful year of accomplishment for Molycorp,” said Mark Smith, Molycorp President and Chief Executive Officer. “We solidly turned the corner to profitability and we registered net sales of nearly $400 million. We kept Project Phoenix tracking to an accelerated timeline, and succeeded in becoming the world's first company outside of China to assemble a fully integrated rare earth mine-to-magnets supply chain. We continue to produce and commercialize new products. And, we remain laser-focused on ensuring that we are operating at peak performance so we can meet growing global demand for rare earths for years to come.” “This Company is all about execution … about delivering what we said we would deliver,” Smith said. “I could not be more proud of the performance of the Molycorp family.” QUARTERLY RESULTS Quarterly net revenues were $132.9 million, down 3.7% from $138.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 and significantly higher than $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. By contrast, Smith noted, a weighted basket1 of rare earths -- cerium oxide, lanthanum oxide, and didymium oxide -- declined 47% over the Q3-Q4 period of 2011, according to prices published by Metal-Pages.com. Molycorp sales volumes of cerium-based products sequentially grew 237%. Gross profit was $70.3 million, a decrease of 14.7% from the third quarter of 2011 due primarily to higher raw material and chemical costs, and a slight change in product mix. Gross margin of 52.9% decreased 6.8 percentage points compared to the prior quarter. Operating income during the fourth quarter of 2011 was $46.0 million, down from operating income of $66.9 million during the third quarter of 2011. The decrease was primarily attributed to higher costs of goods sold and higher general administrative costs. However, Q4 operating income was up significantly from an operating loss during the fourth quarter 2010 of $9.9 million. Fourth quarter net income attributable to common stockholders was $26.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. Adjusted EPS of $0.41 per diluted share takes into account certain non-cash and other out-of-ordinary operational and business expansion items as compared to U.S. GAAP earnings per share. RECORD FULL YEAR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE Net revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2011 were $396.8 million, up $361.7 million from $35.2 million for the full year ended December 31, 2010. The increase was due to higher volumes out of Mountain Pass, higher pricing, and expanded sales from the Silmet and MMA operations, which were acquired in the second quarter of 2011. Gross profit was $218.9 million, a substantial increase compared to a gross loss of $2.4 million during the prior year. Gross margin was 55.2% for the year, compared to a negative margin of 6.9% during 2010. Operating income for the full year 2011 was $152.9 million, up from an operating loss of $51.2 million during the full year 2010. The Company generated record full year 2011 net income attributable to common stockholders of $117.5 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $50.8 million, or $0.81 per diluted share in the prior period. On a non-GAAP, adjusted basis, 2011 diluted earnings per share was $1.73. 2011/2012 MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS Molycorp achieved a number of critical business and operational milestones in 2011, and into the opening weeks of 2012. The Company: Formally launched the sequential start-up of its new Project Phoenix facility at Mountain Pass this week. Active mining at a full mine production rate of approximately 2,800 short tons of fresh rare earth ore is in full swing and has been underway for several weeks. Mechanical completion of the new Crushing Facility has been achieved and the crusher is operational. Mechanical completion and steam testing of the initial Cracking Facility has been achieved and feedstock from stockpiled material has successfully been fed into the system. The first test firing of the turbines in the onsite Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant will occur this week. Assembled the components of its mine-to-magnets strategy by adding metal and alloy manufacturing capabilities, through acquisitions of its Molycorp Metals and Alloy and Molycorp Silmet subsidiaries, and by signing an agreement to form a joint venture with Daido Steel and Mitsubishi Corp. to manufacture permanent rare earth magnets. Construction of the magnet production facility is underway, and operations are expected to commence by the end of 2012. Achieved its 2011 contracting goal for Phase 1 production capacity, with 78% of Phase 1 being signed in customer agreements or reserved for XSORBX™ production. Sold a total of 55 metric tons of its proprietary cerium-based XSORBX™ products in 2011, and is on track to sell 20% of its Phase 1 production capacity through XSORBX™ products by the end of 2013. Entered into a three-year supply agreement with Hitachi Metals for rare earth magnetic materials, such as didymium metal and alloy, and lanthanum oxide. Made a strategic investment in Boulder Wind Power, which has developed a rare earth magnet powered wind turbine generator that relies on permanent rare earth magnets that require no dysprosium, a rare earth that is truly scarce in today's markets. Increased our strategic flexibility through a $390 million capital investment commitment from Molymet. 2012 OUTLOOK As of February 23, 2012, the Company is re-affirming its annual production of REO equivalent products to be in a range of 8,000 metric tons to 10,000 metric tons for the full year. The Company believes it is positioned for year-over-year sales growth, given existing customer orders and a growing pipeline of global business opportunities. The Company also anticipates a change to the cost of goods sold (COGS) related to Project Phoenix ramping, as well as higher production costs on a consolidated basis. As a result of costs necessary to successfully prepare for the accelerated completion of Project Phoenix, the ramp up to Phase 1 production levels, and increased chemical costs, Molycorp is estimating that COGS will increase slightly in 2012 on a per-kilogram basis of REO equivalent. Many of these increases however, are expected to normalize moving into 2013 when the Company reaches higher production levels. The Company added that it has sufficient working capital to execute on its stated strategy and its balance sheet remains strong. Commenting on the new outlook, Smith continued, “Our primary focus remains on executing Project Phoenix and bringing a stable supply of rare earth products to global markets. As we begin the sequential start-up of Project Phoenix, we are shifting into a year of transition to test and ramp our new production capacity. We remain on track in making the necessary investments in our business, to improve our operating and financial performance, and deliver sustainable value for all Molycorp shareholders.” CONFERENCE CALL TODAY AT 4:30 P.M. EASTERN Molycorp will conduct a conference call today to discuss these results at 4:30 p.m. EST, hosted by Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer, and Jim Allen, Chief Financial Officer. Investors interested in participating in the live call from the U.S. should dial +1 (866) 543-6403 and reference passcode number 49932366. Those calling from outside the U.S. should dial +1 (617) 213-8896 and use the same confirmation number. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through March 23, 2012 by dialing +1 (888) 286-8010 from the U.S., or +1 (617) 801-6888 from international locations, and entering passcode: 84743189. There will also be a simultaneous live audio webcast available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.molycorp.com/investors. The webcast will be archived on the website for 90 days. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY TABLES   MOLYCORP, INC. (A Company in the Development Stage) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)     December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 418,855 $ 316,430 Trade accounts receivable 70,679 16,421 Inventory 111,943 18,822 Deferred charges 7,318 - Prepaid income taxes 10,514 - Prepaid expenses and other assets   19,735     1,759   Total current assets   639,044     353,432     Non-current assets: Deposits $ 23,286 $ 26,200 Property, plant and equipment, net 561,628 93,966 Inventory 4,362 5,212 Intangible assets, net 3,072 639 Investments 20,000 - Goodwill 3,432 - Other assets   301     111   Total non-current assets   616,081     126,128   Total assets $ 1,255,125   $ 479,560     LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities: Trade accounts payable $ 161,587 $ 13,009 Accrued expenses 12,898 4,225 Deferred tax liabilities 1,356 - Debt 1,516 - Short-term borrowing - related party 870 3,085 Current portion of asset retirement obligation   396     393   Total current liabilities   178,623     20,712     Non-current liabilities: Asset retirement obligation $ 15,145 $ 12,078 Deferred tax liabilities 18,899 - Debt 196,545 - Other non-current liabilities   683     257   Total non-current liabilities   231,272     12,335   Total liabilities $ 409,895   $ 33,047   Commitments and contingencies   Equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value; 350,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2011 84 82 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2011 2 - Additional paid-in capital 838,547 539,866 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,481 ) - Surplus (deficit) accumulated during the development stage   15,078     (93,435 ) Total equity   845,230     446,513   Total liabilities and equity $ 1,255,125   $ 479,560     MOLYCORP, INC. (A Company in the Development Stage) Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)         Total from   June 12, 2008 Year Ended December 31 (Inception) Through 2011 2010 2009 December 31, 2011 Sales $ 396,831 $ 35,157 $ 7,093 $ 441,218 Operating costs and expenses: Cost of goods sold (177,890 ) (37,591 ) (21,785 ) (250,293 ) Selling, general and administrative (Includes stock-based compensation of $4,671 in 2011, $28,739 in 2010, $241 in 2009, and $33,638 from inception through December 31, 2011) (64,387 ) (47,513 ) (12,685 ) (127,564 ) Depreciation and amortization (733 ) (319 ) (191 ) (1,262 ) Accretion expense   (955 )   (912 )   (1,006 )   (3,123 ) Operating income (loss)   152,866     (51,178 )   (28,574 )   58,976     Other income (expense): Other income (153 ) 155 181 237 Foreign currency transaction losses, net (5,415 ) - - (5,415 ) Interest (expense) income, net   (388 )   249     (194 )   (323 )   (5,956 )   404     (13 )   (5,501 ) Income (loss) before income taxes 146,910 (50,774 ) (28,587 ) 53,475 Income tax expense   (28,576 )   -     -     (28,576 ) Net income (loss) 118,334 (50,774 ) (28,587 ) 24,899 Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest   (808 )   -     -     (808 ) Net income (loss) attributable to Molycorp stockholders $ 117,526   $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 24,091     Net income (loss) $ 118,334 $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 24,899 Other comprehensive income: Foreign currency translation adjustments   (8,481 )   -     -     (8,481 ) Comprehensive income (loss) $ 109,853   $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 16,418     Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to: Molycorp stockholders $ 109,468 $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 16,033 Noncontrolling interest   385     -     -     385   $ 109,853   $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 16,418     Weighted average shares outstanding (Common shares) (1) Basic   83,454,221     62,332,054     39,526,568     58,197,912   Diluted   85,220,017     62,332,054     39,526,568     58,694,839   Income (loss) per share of common stock : Basic $ 1.29   $ (0.81 ) $ (0.72 ) $ 0.24   Diluted $ 1.27   $ (0.81 ) $ (0.72 ) $ 0.25     (1) Weighted average shares outstanding include the retroactive treatment of exchange ratios for conversion of Class A common stock and Class B common stock to common stock in conjunction with the initial public offering.   MOLYCORP, INC. (A Company in the Development Stage) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (In thousands)           Total fromYear EndedJune 12, 2008December 31,(Inception) through201120102009December 31, 2011 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income (loss) $ 118,334 $ (50,774 ) $ (28,587 ) $ 24,899 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 14,272 6,015 3,896 25,118 Amortization of convertible notes 674 — — 674 Accretion of asset retirement obligation 955 912 1,006 3,123 Deferred income tax expense 2,924 — — 2,924 Non-cash inventory write-downs 3,776 3,473 9,035 25,793 Non-cash share-based compensation expense 4,671 28,739 241 33,801 Impairment of fixed assets — 3,114 — 3,114 Foreign currency transaction losses, net 5,415 — — 5,415 Loss on disposal of fixed assets 1,296 — — 1,296 Other operating adjustments 637 (59 ) 2 580 Net change in operating assets and liabilities   (109,989 )   (20,137 )   (7,964 )   (142,200 )   Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   42,965     (28,717 )   (22,371 )   (15,463 )     Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisition of the Mountain Pass facility — — — (82,150 ) Cash paid in connection with acquisitions, net of cash acquired (30,023 ) — — (30,023 ) Proceeds from sale of investment in joint venture — — 9,700 9,700 Cash paid to acquire non-marketable securities (20,000 ) — — (20,000 ) Deposits 2,897 (26,200 ) — (23,303 ) Capital expenditures (302,180 ) (33,129 ) (7,285 ) (342,915 ) Other assets (119 ) (111 ) — (230 ) Proceeds from sale of assets   35     9     5     49     Net cash used in investing activities   (349,390 )   (59,431 )   2,420     (488,872 )     Cash flows provided by financing activities: Capital contributions from original stockholders — 15,000 18,004 125,004 Repayments of short-term borrowings — related party (3,150 ) (1,107 ) — (4,257 ) Repayments of debt (4,428 ) — — (4,428 ) Net proceeds from sale of common stock in conjunction with the initial public offering — 378,633 — 378,633 Net proceeds from sale of preferred stock 199,642 — — 199,642 Net proceeds from sale of convertible notes 223,100 — — 223,100 Payments of financing costs — (185 ) — (185 ) Payments of preferred dividends (9,015 ) — — (9,015 ) Proceeds from exercise of options — 300 50 350 Proceeds from short-term borrowings — related party — 5,008 6,637 11,645 Proceeds from debt   5,131     —     —     5,131     Net cash provided by financing activities 411,280 397,649 24,691 925,620 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (2,430 )   —     —     (2,430 ) Net change in cash and cash equivalents 102,425 309,501 4,740 418,855 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   316,430     6,929     2,189     —     Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 418,855   $ 316,430   $ 6,929   $ 418,855     SEGMENT INFORMATION   MolycorpMountain PassYear EndedDecember 31, 2011   MolycorpSillamäe April 1, 2011 -December 31, 2011   MolycorpTolleson April 15, 2011 -December 31, 2011   Other   Eliminations   Total Molycorp,Inc. Year Ended December 31, 2011 (In thousands) Sales: External $ 253,563 $ 86,496 $ 56,772 $ - $ - $ 396,831 Intersegment   55,155     13,902     -     -   (69,057 ) - Total sales 308,718 100,398 56,772 - Cost of goods sold (78,890 ) (86,789 ) (53,826 ) - 41,615 (177,890 ) Selling, general and administrative expenses (61,535 ) (2,499 ) (615 ) (530 ) 792 (64,387 ) Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense   (1,378 )   (279 )   -     (31 )   -     (1,688 ) Operating income (loss) 166,915 10,831 2,331 (561 ) (26,650 ) 152,866 Other (expense) income   (287 )   (5,680 )   11     -     -     (5,956 ) Income (loss) before income taxes $ 166,628   $ 5,151   $ 2,342   $ (561 ) $ (26,650 ) $ 146,910   Total assets at December 31, 2011 $ 1,249,998   $ 118,001   $ 30,061   $ 794   $ (143,729 ) $ 1,255,125   Capital expenditures (accrual basis excluding capitalized interest) $ 401,047   $ 8,170   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 409,217     EARNINGS PER SHARE     Total fromJune 12, 2008Year(Inception)EndedThroughDecember 31,December 31,(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)20112011 Net income attributable to Molycorp stockholders $ 117,526 $ 24,091 Cumulative undeclared and paid dividends on preferred stock   (9,962 )   (9,962 ) Net income attributable to common stockholders 107,564 14,129 Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic 83,454,221 58,197,912 Basic earnings per share $ 1.29   $ 0.24   $ 107,564 $ 14,129 Net income attributable to common stockholders Effect of dilutive Notes   413     413   Income attributable to common stockholders, adjusted for the effect of dilutive Notes   107,977     14,542   Weighted average common shares outstanding—dilutive 85,220,017 58,694,839 Dilutive earnings per share $ 1.27   $ 0.25     PRODUCT REVENUE / VOLUME / ASP TABLEProduct Revenues, Volumes       Twelve Months EndedDecember 31, Three MonthsEnded Revenues (in thousands) 2011   2010 Dec 31, 2011 REO Equivalent Products Didymium Products $ 101,410 $ 9,020 $ 32,654 Neodymium Products 27,426 18 9,035 Praseodymium Products 7,557 171 2,527 Lanthanum Products 91,702 13,758 22,494 Cerium Products 59,825 10,143 13,846 Other REO Products 5,108 2,047 530 Rare Earth Alloys   48,388     -   28,940 Subtotal REO Equivalent 341,416 35,157 110,026   Rare Metals (Nb, Ta) 46,280 - 19,423 Other   9,135     -   3,457 Total Net Revenues $ 396,831 $ 35,157 $ 132,906     Twelve Months EndedDecember 31, Three MonthsEnded Volumes (in metric tons) 2011   2010 Dec 31, 2011 REO Equivalent Products Didymium Products 539 197 166 Neodymium Products 137 - 50 Praseodymium Products 52 4 17 Lanthanum Products 1,830 1,305 382 Cerium Products 772 252 219 Other REO Products 39 72 0 Rare Earth Alloys   147     -   52 Subtotal REO Equivalent 3,516 1,830 886   Rare Metals 260 - 92 Other   3,182     -   616 Total Product Volumes 6,958 1,830 1,594     Twelve Months EndedDecember 31, Three MonthsEnded Avg Selling Price per kg 2011   2010 Dec 31, 2011 REO Equivalent Products Didymium Products $ 188 $ 46 $ 197 Neodymium Products $ 200 $ - $ 180 Praseodymium Products $ 146 $ 43 $ 149 Lanthanum Products $ 50 $ 11 $ 59 Cerium Products $ 77 $ 40 $ 63 Other REO Products $ 131 $ 28 $ 2,120 Rare Earth Alloys $ 329   $ - $ 555 Subtotal REO Equivalent $ 97 $ 19 $ 124   Rare Metals $ 178 $ - $ 211 Other $ 3   $ - $ 6 Average selling price nm nm nm   nm = not material   NON-GAAP ADJUSTED NET INCOME Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain non-cash items and other out-of-ordinary operational and business expansion items. The Company's management believes adjusting out these items, including but not limited to purchase accounting adjustments, stock-based compensation, out-of-ordinary expenses/income and other miscellaneous charges is useful to investors because it provides an overall understanding of the Company's historical financial performance and future prospects. Management believes adjusted EPS is an indication of the Company's base-line performance. Exclusion of these items permits evaluation and comparison of results for the Company's core business operations, and it is on this basis that management internally assesses the Company's performance. Molycorp, Inc.     Non-GAAP financial measuresAdjusted Net Income (Loss) (in thousands, except per share data) Year ended Three months ended December 31, December 31, 2011 2011 Net income (loss) attributable to Molycorp stockholders $ 117,526 $ 26,579 Certain non-cash items: Stock-based compensation 4,508 586 Inventory write-downs 3,776 2,191 Impact of purchase accounting on cost of inventory sold (1) 10,226 - Net (gain)/loss on asset sales 1,243 1,206     Out of the ordinary items: Water removal 6,222 5,181 Revenue sharing agreement 8,581 3,952 Project Phoenix non-capitalizable costs 780 514 Organization and operations consulting costs 4,347 -   Business Expansion items: Due diligence and other transaction expenses 6,978 2,023 Other business expansion expenses 10,515 4,449 Income tax effect of above adjustments (2)   (17,456 )   (6,985 ) Adjusted net income (loss) $ 157,246 $ 39,696 Cumulative paid and undeclared dividends on preferred stock (9,962 ) (3,795 ) Effect of dilutive 3.25% Convertible Notes   413     -   Adjusted net income (loss) attributed to common stockholders for dilutive EPS purposes   147,697     35,901     Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   85,220,017     87,069,711     Adjusted diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock $ 1.73   $ 0.41     (1) Purchase price adjustment to Molycorp Sillamäe's inventory related to inventory sold as of 9/30/2011.   (2) The income tax effects for the three-months and the year ended December 31, 2011, were calculated using the combined statutory U.S. federal and state (net of federal benefit) tax rate of 39% applied to the total of all adjustments attributable to the Company's operations in the United States. All adjustments are attributable to the Company's U.S. operations, except for the impact of purchase accounting on cost of inventory sold, which is attributable to the Company's operation in Sillamäe, Estonia.   NON-GAAP GROSS SALES Gross sales is a non-GAAP measure that is included to provide additional detail on segment operations and vertical integration strategy. The Company's management believes this presentation provides a better understanding of the performance of each operating segment in terms of production volumes, inventory allocation, and costs.   MolycorpMountain PassYear EndedDecember 31, 2011   MolycorpSillamäeApril 1, 2011 -December 31, 2011   MolycorpTollesonApril 15, 2011 -December 31, 2011   Total Molycorp,Inc. Year Ended December 31, 2011(In thousands) Sales: Sales net of intercompany transfers $ 253,563 $ 86,496 $ 56,772 $ 396,831 Intersegment   55,155   13,902   -   - Total gross sales $ 308,718 $ 100,398 $ 56,772 $ 465,888     MolycorpMountain Pass MolycorpSillamäe MolycorpTolleson Total Molycorp,Inc. Three Months Ended December 31, 2011(In thousands) Sales: Sales net of intercompany transfers $ 72,613 $ 28,219 $ 32,073 $ 132,905 Intersegment   8,672   3,612   -   12,284 Total gross sales $ 81,285 $ 31,831 $ 32,073 $ 145,189   ABOUT MOLYCORP With offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Molycorp, Inc. is the largest REO producer outside of China. Inaddition to its current production of rare earth oxides at its flagship rare earth mine and processing facility at Mountain Pass, California, the Company produces rare earth metals, rare earth alloys (such as neodymium- iron-boron and samarium-cobalt alloys) and rare metals such as niobium and tantalum. The rare earths and rare metals Molycorp produces are critical inputs in existing and emerging applications including: clean energy technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles and wind power turbines; multiple high-tech uses, including fiber optics, lasers and hard disk drives; numerous defense applications, such as guidance and control systems and global positioning systems; advanced water treatment technology for use in industrial, military and outdoor recreation applications; and other technologies. For more information, please visit http://www.molycorp.com. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This release contains forward-looking statements that represent Molycorp's beliefs, projections and predictions about future events or Molycorp's future performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions or phrases. These forward-looking statements are necessarily subjective and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause Molycorp's actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievement described in or implied by such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Molycorp's ability to secure additional capital to implement its business plans; Molycorp's ability to complete its initial modernization and expansion efforts, including the accelerated start-up of the Mountain Pass facility, which management refers to as Project Phoenix Phase 1, and the second phase capacity expansion plan, which management refer to as Project Phoenix Phase 2, and reach full planned production rates for REOs and other planned downstream products, in each case within the projected timeframe; the final costs of the Project Phoenix Phase 1, including with accelerated start-up of the Mountain Pass facility, and Project Phoenix Phase 2, which may differ from estimated costs; uncertainties associated with Molycorp's reserve estimates and non-reserve deposit information; uncertainties regarding global supply and demand for rare earths materials; Molycorp's ability to successfully integrate recently acquired businesses; Molycorp's ability to reach definitive agreements for a joint venture to manufacture neodymium-iron-boron permanent rare earth magnets; the satisfaction of the closing conditions necessary to complete Molymet's investment, including our receipt of necessary government regulatory approvals; Molycorp's ability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and employees; Molycorp's ability to successfully implement its “mine-to-magnets” strategy; environmental laws, regulations and permits affecting Molycorp's business, directly and indirectly, including, among others, those relating to mine reclamation and restoration, climate change, emissions to the air and water and human exposure to hazardous substances used, released or disposed of by Molycorp; and uncertainties associated with unanticipated geological conditions related to mining. For more information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that Molycorp may face, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2011. Any forward-looking statement contained in this press release or the Annual Report on Form 10-K or the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q reflects Molycorp's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to Molycorp's operations, operating results, growth strategy and liquidity. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as to the date when made. Molycorp assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future, except as otherwise required by applicable law. 1 Weighted by relative revenues from 2011 sales. Molycorp, Inc.Jim Sims, +1 303-843-8062Vice President Corporate CommunicationsJim.Sims@Molycorp.comorBrian Blackman, +1 303-843-8067Senior Manager, Investor RelationsBrian.Blackman@Molycorp.com