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General Moly Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

Thursday, March 01, 2012

General Moly Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results08:30 EST Thursday, March 01, 2012 LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- General Moly, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE Amex and TSX: GMO) announced its audited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011. Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2011 was $2.9 million ($0.03 per share), compared to a loss of $3.4 million ($0.05 per share) for the year ago period. Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2011 was $14.8 million ($0.16 per share), compared to a loss of $15.7 million ($0.22 per share) for the year ago period. Our cash balance at the end of the fourth quarter was $41 million compared to $54 million at the end of the third quarter and $54 million at the end of 2010. During the fourth quarter, cash use of $13.7 million was the result of $12.0 million in Mt. Hope development and engineering costs, inclusive of a $9.0 million advanced royalty payment under the Company's Mt. Hope lease, $1.2 million in General and Administrative costs, and $0.5 million in debt issuance costs related to procurement of the Mt. Hope project's bank loan. Financial information is included at the end of this release. MT. HOPE PROJECT FINANCING UPDATE When final permits are received, POS-Minerals Corporation (a 20% owner of the Mt. Hope project) is anticipated to fund its final $56 million initial contribution, plus 20% of all costs the Company has spent on the Mt. Hope project to date. The Company estimates this combined payment will be approximately $100 million. Thereafter, the Mt. Hope project will be funded 80% by the Company and 20% by POS-Minerals Corporation. As announced on February 16, 2012, China Development Bank (“CDB”) has confirmed the basic terms underlying a proposed $665 million term loan to finance the Mt. Hope project, including a CDB commitment to lend $399 million and arrange a consortium of Chinese and international banks to fund the balance. The term loan is anticipated to carry a maturity of 12 years including a 30 month grace period to allow for the construction of the Mt. Hope project. The interest rate will remain subject to market conditions and Chinese government policy. The Company and Hanlong are continuing to work with CDB with a target of having the loan completed, approved and available to the Company upon receipt of the Mt. Hope Project's operating permits. Once the term loan is in place and required permits are received, the Company intends to close on Hanlong's Tranche 2 equity purchase for $40 million, bringing Hanlong's share position in the Company to 25% on a fully-diluted basis. MT. HOPE PROJECT PERMITTING UPDATE The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published the Mt. Hope Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for public comment on December 2, 2011. During the 90-day public comment period, the BLM hosted two public meetings in Nevada to accept public comment, which was overwhelmingly supportive of the Mt. Hope Project. The public comment period concludes today, March 1, 2012, after which the BLM will consider comments received in the development of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”). Once the Final EIS is completed, it will be published in the Federal Register for a 30-day period. Following the close of this period, we anticipate the BLM to issue a Record of Decision (“ROD”) allowing the company to initiate construction activities. The Company anticipates the ROD to be issued between June and September of this year, although circumstances beyond our control, including agency delays or requests for additional information or studies, could cause the ROD to be delayed. In addition to the ROD, three state-issued permits are viewed as major environmental permits. These are the Water Pollution Control Permit, the Air Quality Permit and the Reclamation Permit. The Company continues to develop the applications and supporting information for these permits. At the request of Eureka County, the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Pollution Control held a public meeting on the Company's draft Air Quality Permit on February 28, 2012, in Eureka, Nevada. These three permits are anticipated to be received before the issuance of ROD. MT. HOPE PROJECT WATER RIGHTS UPDATE On July 15, 2011, the Nevada State Engineer issued a Ruling granting the Company's water right applications for the Mt. Hope Project's mining operations. Permits subject to the State Engineer's Ruling were issued in December 2011 and January 2012. Pending a successful outcome of an appeal of the Ruling discussed below, the water will become available for consumptive use following the State Engineer's approval of a Monitoring, Management, and Mitigation Plan (“3M Plan”), developed with the input and cooperation of Eureka County. The Company is continuing to work with the State Engineer and Eureka County, following our prior submissions, to finalize the 3M Plan and we anticipate the State Engineer will approve the 3M Plan prior to commencement of construction in the second half of 2012. In August 2011, Eureka County and two other parties comprised of three individual water rights holders in Diamond Valley and one in Kobeh Valley, filed Petitions with the Nevada State District Court appealing the Ruling of the State Engineer. The appeal hearing is presently set for April 3, 2012 before the Nevada District Court. A decision by the District Court is expected by mid-2012, although the District Court is not required to act under any specified timeline. We continue to anticipate a favorable District Court decision, upholding the State Engineer's Ruling. Pending a successful outcome of the appeal hearing, and approval of the 3M Plan, the Company will have the right to use the water for construction and operations at the Mt. Hope project. MT. HOPE PROJECT ENGINEERING AND EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT UPDATE Engineering efforts, which were paused in March 2009, were restarted in January 2012 following the publication of the DEIS. Although the Company has purchased and ordered most of the long-lead milling equipment and haulage trucks, firm orders for the drills and loading equipment for the mine fleet and other process equipment must still be placed. As funding becomes available and equipment procurement is restarted, agreements that were suspended or terminated in 2009 will be renegotiated under new market terms and conditions, as necessary. LIBERTY PROJECT UPDATE In November 2011, the Company completed an updated pre-feasibility study on the Liberty Project indicating an estimated Net Present Value of $538 million. The study utilized molybdenum and copper prices of $15.00 and $2.50 per pound, respectively, and used an 8% discount rate. Included in the study was an NI 43-101 compliant mineral reserve including 541.4 million tons with ore grades averaging 0.068% molybdenum and 0.08% copper. The study outlined estimated molybdenum and copper reserves and resources, production, capital and operating cost parameters, along with project economics. During 2012 or 2013, the Company anticipates commencing a Bankable Feasibility Study on the Liberty Project to better evaluate the project for development once the Mt. Hope Project is funded and under construction. MOLYBDENUM MARKET UPDATE During 2011, molybdenum prices traded in a relatively narrow range between $12.85 and $17.70 per pound, finishing the year at $13.40 per pound, according to Ryan's Notes, a ferro-alloy industry news and pricing publication. Since year end, prices have traded higher and are currently trading at $14.70 per pound. Additional information on the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2011 results will be available in General Moly's 2011 Form 10-K, 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(Audited - In thousands except per share amounts)   December 31,2011December 31,2010ASSETS: CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 40,709 $ 53,571 Deposits, prepaid expenses and other current assets   105     148   Total Current Assets   40,814     53,719   Mining properties, land and water rights 143,732 133,093 Deposits on project property, plant and equipment 66,474 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 819 1,045 Capitalized debt issuance costs 3,136 887 Other assets   2,994       2,994   TOTAL ASSETS $271,107   $273,239   LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLENONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY: CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 4,568 $ 4,138 Accrued advance royalties 8,950 9,500 Accrued payments to Agricultural Sustainability Trust 2,000 — Current portion of long term debt   10,596     194   Total Current Liabilities   26,114     13,832   Provision for post closure reclamation and remediation costs 587 571 Deferred gain 1,150 215 Accrued advance royalties — 8,950 Accrued payments to Agricultural Sustainability Trust 2,000 4,000 Long term debt, net of current portion   131     10,481   Total Liabilities   29,982     38,049       COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES       CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   98,073     98,753     EQUITY Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 90,818,248  and 85,353,473 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 91 85 Additional paid-in capital 255,894 234,517 Accumulated deficit before exploration stage (213 ) (213 ) Accumulated deficit during exploration and development stage   (112,720 )   (97,952 ) Total Equity   143,052     136,437   TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONTINGENTLY REDEEMABLENONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND EQUITY $ 271,107   $ 273,239       GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Audited - In thousands, except per share amounts)     Years Ended   January 1, 2002(Inception ofExploration Stage)toDecember 31,2011December 31,2011   December 31,2010   December 31,2009 REVENUES $ — $ — $ —   $ — OPERATING EXPENSES: Exploration and evaluation 1,568 623 806 39,701 Writedowns of development and deposits 3,403 5,038 — 8,819 General and administrative expense   10,248   10,919   9,703   69,775 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES   15,219   16,580   10,509   118,295 LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (15,219 ) (16,580 ) (10,509 ) (118,295 ) OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSE): Interest and dividend income 21 13 31 4,062 Interest expense   (250 )   (164 )   —   (414 ) TOTAL OTHERINCOME/(EXPENSE), NET   (229 )   (151 )   31   3,648 LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES (15,448 ) (16,731 ) (10,478 ) (114,647 ) Income Taxes   —   —   —   — CONSOLIDATED NET LOSS $ (15,448 ) $ (16,731 ) $ (10,478 ) $ (114,647 ) Less: Net loss attributable to  contingently redeemable  noncontrolling interest 680 1,008 239 1,927 NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENERAL  MOLY, INC. $ (14,768 ) $ (15,723 ) $ (10,239 ) $ (112,720 ) Basic and diluted net loss  attributable to General Moly  per share of common stock $ (0.16 ) $ (0.22 ) $ (0.14 ) Weighted average number of  shares outstanding— basic and  diluted 90,588 72,987 72,226     GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Audited - In thousands)     Years Ended   January 1, 2002(Inception ofExploration Stage)toDecember 31,2011December 31,2011   December 31,2010   December 31,2009 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATINGACTIVITIES: Net loss $ (15,448 ) $ (16,731 ) $ (10,478 ) $ (114,647 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cashused by operating activities: Services and expenses paid with common  stock — — — 1,990 Repricing of warrants — 965 — 965 Writedowns of development and deposits 3,403 5,038 378 8,819 Depreciation and amortization 412 335 344 1,644 Interest expense 250 164 — 414 Equity compensation for employees and  directors 1,713 1,641 1,474 16,812 Decrease (increase) in deposits, prepaid  expenses and other 43 31 147 (13 ) Decrease (increase) in restricted cash held  for electricity transmission — 281 259 (12,005 ) (Decrease) increase in accounts payable and  accrued liabilities (10,761 ) 93 (3,305 ) (7,303 ) Increase (decrease) in post closure  reclamation and remediation costs   16   (15 )   (145 )   378 Net cash used by operating activities   (20,372 )   (8,198 )   (11,326 )   (102,946 ) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTINGACTIVITIES: Payments for the purchase of equipment — (124 ) (100 ) (1,548 ) Purchase of securities — — — (137 ) Purchase and development of mining  properties, land and water rights (10,567 ) (14,074 ) (20,879 ) (119,274 ) Deposits on property, plant and equipment 177 (25,058 ) (11,527 ) (67,907 ) Proceeds from option to purchase  agreement 935 115 100 1,150 Increase in restricted cash held for  reclamation bonds — — — (642 ) Cash provided by sale of marketable  securities   —   —   —   246 Net cash used by investing activities   (9,455 )   (39, 141 )   (32,406 )   (188,112 )     GENERAL MOLY, INC.(A DEVELOPMENT STAGE COMPANY)CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Audited - In thousands)     Years Ended   January 1, 2002(Inception ofExploration Stage)toDecember 31,2011December 31,2011   December 31,2010   December 31,2009 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCINGACTIVITIES: Proceeds from issuance of stock, net of  issuance costs 19,412 43,103 99 227,719 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 — — 13,915 — Net (decrease) increase in leased assets (198 ) 80 (130 ) 132 (Increase) in capitalized debt issuance costs   (2,249 )   (887 )   —   (3,136 ) Net cash provided by financing activities:   16,965   52,296   13,884   331,721 Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash  equivalents (12,862 ) (4,957 ) (29,848 ) 40,663 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of  period   53,571   48,614   78,462   46 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 40,709 $ 53,571 $ 48,614 $ 40,709 NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCINGACTIVITIES: Equity compensation capitalized as  development $ 258 $ 1,121 $ 950 $ 6,458 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 1,691 657 — 1,691 Accrued portion of advance royalties — 18,450 — 8,950 Accrued portion of payments to the  Agricultural Sustainability Trust — 4,000 — 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. Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Concerning Estimates of Reserves and Resources Calculations with respect to "proven reserves" and "probable reserves" referred to above have been made in accordance with, and using the definitions of National Instrument 43-101, as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. For United States reporting purposes, the U.S. SEC applies a different standard in order to classify mineralization as a "reserve". Under SEC standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time the reserve determination is made. No such determinations have been made with respect to any mineralization at the Liberty project, and it cannot be assured that such a determination will be made. This release also uses the terms “measured”, “indicated” and “inferred” resources. We caution U.S. investors that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian Securities Administrators pursuant to the National Instrument 43-101, the SEC does not recognize them. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. “Inferred Resources”, in particular, have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian Securities Administration rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally minable. General MolyInvestors and Business DevelopmentSeth Foreman, 303-928-8591sforeman@generalmoly.comorMedia:Zach Spencer, 775-748-6059zspencer@generalmoly.comorWebsite: http://www.generalmoly.cominfo@generalmoly.com