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Uranium Participation Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Six Months Ended August 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Uranium Participation Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Six Months Ended August 31, 201217:00 EDT Wednesday, October 03, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) -THIS NEWS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATESUranium Participation Corporation ("UPC" or the "Corporation") (TSX:U) reports results for the six months ended August 31, 2012. All amounts are in Canadian currency unless otherwise noted.Net asset value decreased $41.8 million to $670.4 million at August 31, 2012 from $712.2 million at February 29, 2012 primarily due to unrealized losses on uranium holdings. As reported by Ux Consulting Company, LLC, spot prices for U3O8 and UF6 decreased to US$48.50 per pound and US$133.75 per KgU at August 31, 2012 from US$52.00 per pound and US$141.00 per KgU at February 29, 2012, respectively. This resulted in net asset value per common share decreasing to $6.30 at August 31, 2012 from $6.70 at February 29, 2012.The Company recorded $42.2 million in unrealized losses on its uranium investment due to the decline in the spot price of uranium during the period. This was offset by $0.4 million in income from investment lending and interest. Expenses totaling $2.1 million due primarily to management and storage fees was offset by $2.0 million in future income tax recoveries related to the unrealized losses.About Uranium Participation CorporationUranium Participation Corporation is an investment holding company which invests substantially all of its assets in uranium oxide in concentrates (U3O8) and uranium hexafluoride (UF6) (collectively "uranium"), with the primary investment objective of achieving appreciation in the value of its uranium holdings. Additional information about Uranium Participation Corporation is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Uranium Participation Corporation's website at www.uraniumparticipation.com.URANIUM PARTICIPATION CORPORATIONINTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT OF FUND PERFORMANCEAUGUST 31, 2012DISCLOSUREThis Interim Management Report of Fund Performance contains financial highlights but does not contain either the interim financial report or annual consolidated financial statements of Uranium Participation Corporation ("UPC" or the "Corporation"). You can get a copy of the interim financial report or annual consolidated financial statements at your request, and at no cost, by calling 416-979-1991, by writing to us at 595 Bay Street, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2C2, or by visiting our website at www.uraniumparticipation.com or SEDAR at www.sedar.com. You may also contact us to obtain a copy of UPC's quarterly portfolio disclosure.UPC holds physical commodities and not equity security investments. As a result, UPC does not have an investment proxy voting disclosure record, nor does it have proxy voting policies and procedures. This Interim Management Report of Fund Performance is current as of October 3, 2012, and has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), unless otherwise noted. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATIONThis Interim Management Report of Fund Performance contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information that are based on the Corporation's current internal expectations, estimates, assumptions and beliefs. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "plan", "should", "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology.By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions and estimates. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of UPC, may cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. For a list of the principal risks of an investment in UPC, please refer to the "RISK FACTORS" section of UPC's Annual Information Form dated April 26, 2012.These and other factors should be considered carefully, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Although management reviews the reasonableness of its assumptions and estimates, unusual and unanticipated events may occur which render them inaccurate. Under such circumstances, future performance may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Except where required under applicable securities legislation, UPC does not undertake to update any forward-looking information.RESULTS OF OPERATIONSUPC's basic net asset value per common share ("NAV") decreased from $6.70 per share at February 29, 2012 to $6.30 at August 31, 2012 representing a basic NAV loss of 6.0%. Over the comparable time period, UPC's benchmark, the S&P/TSX Composite Index, decreased by 5.5%. UPC's net asset value at August 31, 2012 was $670,350,000 representing a 5.9% decrease from its net asset value of $712,160,000 at February 29, 2012. The entire net asset value decrease of $41,810,000 was attributable to investment operation performance. Investment Portfolio UPC did not acquire any additional uranium oxide in concentrates ("U3O8") or uranium hexafluoride ("UF6") in the period.The total cost of UPC's U3O8 holdings at August 31, 2012 remains $342,495,000 or $47.24 per pound (US$43.23 per pound), compared to its fair value of $346,808,000 or $47.841 per pound (US$48.501 per pound). This represents an increase of 1.3% relative to its cost or 12.2% on a U.S. dollar basis.The total cost of UPC's UF6 holdings at August 31, 2012 remains $389,998,000 or $164.26 per KgU (US$152.06 per KgU), compared to its fair value of $313,203,000 or $131.921 per KgU (US$133.751 per KgU). This represents a decrease of 19.7% relative to its cost or 12.0% on a U.S. dollar basis.1 Reflects spot prices published by Ux Consulting Company, LLC ("UxCo") on August 31, 2012 of US$48.50 per pound for U3O8 and US$133.75 per KgU for UF6 translated at a foreign exchange rate of 0.9863. Investment Performance Investment operation losses of $41,810,000 in the six months ended August 31, 2012 were largely driven by the change in unrealized losses on uranium investments of $42,218,000, net of tax recoveries of $2,034,000.The change in unrealized losses on investments reflects the weakening of U3O8 and UF6 spot prices. As reported by UxCo, spot prices for U3O8 decreased from US$52.00 per pound at February 29, 2012 to US$48.50 per pound at August 31, 2012. UF6 similarly decreased from US$141.00 at February 29, 2012 to US$133.75 at August 31, 2012. Prices have decreased subsequent to this reporting date (refer to "RECENT DEVELOPMENTS" section below). RECENT DEVELOPMENTSIn July 2012, UPC filed a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") with the Toronto Stock Exchange authorizing the Corporation to purchase up to 9,273,299 common shares of the Corporation during the 12-month period commencing July 31, 2012 and ending July 30, 2013 or on such earlier date as UPC completes its purchases. The purpose of the NCIB is to provide the Corporation with a mechanism to decrease the potential spread between the NAV and the market price of the shares. At October 3, 2012, UPC has not repurchased any of its common shares under this NCIB.In August 2012, the maturity date of the outstanding loan of the conversion component of 1,332,230 KgU as UF6 was extended to December 2013 with an option to further extend the loan to December 2014, at the borrower's discretion.As reported by UxCo as at October 1, 2012, the spot price of U3O8 has decreased to US$45.75 per pound from US$48.50 per pound on August 31, 2012, a decrease of 5.7% while the value of UF6 has decreased to US$128.542 per KgU from US$133.75 per KgU on August 31, 2012, a decrease of 3.9%.RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONSThe following outlines income earned and fees paid to Denison Mines Inc. (the "Manager") in the six months ended August 31, 2012 and 2011:(in thousands)20122011Income from investment lending with the Manager$-$35Fees incurred with the Manager:Management fees$863$915Net fees incurred with the Manager$863$880As at August 31, 2012, accounts payable and accrued liabilities included $163,000 due to the Manager with respect to the fees indicated above.2 UF6 value is obtained by adding (i) the spot price for U3O8 multiplied by 2.61285; and (ii) the spot conversion price.FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSThe following tables show selected key financial information about UPC and are intended to help you understand UPC's financial performance for the six months ended August 31, 2012 and the past five reporting periods ended February 2008 to 2012. This information is derived from the Corporation's unaudited interim and audited annual consolidated financial statements.Net Asset Value per ShareAugust 20121February 20122February 20112February 20102February 20092February 20082NAV - Basic:NAV, beginning of period$6.70$8.79$5.95$7.49$8.96$11.95Increase (decrease) from operations 3:Total revenue$-$0.01$0.01$0.04$0.07$0.13Total expenses before taxes$(0.02)$(0.04)$(0.08)$(0.06)$(0.08)$(0.16)Income tax recovery (expense)$0.02$0.17$(0.29)$0.18$0.27$0.93Realized gains (losses) for the period$-$-$-$-$-$-Unrealized gains (losses) for the period$(0.40)$(2.23)$3.24$(1.77)$(1.83)$(3.81)Total increase (decrease) from operations$(0.40)$(2.09)$2.88$(1.61)$(1.58)$(2.91)NAV, end of period$6.30$6.70$8.79$5.95$7.49$8.96NAV - Diluted:NAV, beginning of period$6.70$8.76$5.95$7.49$8.96$11.43Increase (decrease) from operations 3:Total revenue$-$0.01$0.01$0.04$0.07$0.13Total expenses (recovery)$(0.02)$(0.04)$(0.08)$(0.06)$(0.08)$(0.16)Income tax recovery (expense)$0.02$0.17$(0.29)$0.18$0.27$0.93Realized gains (losses) for the period$-$-$-$-$-$-Unrealized gains (losses) for the period$(0.40)$(2.23)$3.24$(1.77)$(1.83)$(3.81)Total increase (decrease) from operations$(0.40)$(2.09)$2.88$(1.61)$(1.58)$(2.91)NAV, end of period$6.30$6.70$8.76$5.95$7.49$8.961For the six months ended August 31, 2012.2For the twelve months ended.3NAV is based on the actual number of common shares outstanding at the relevant time. The increase (decrease) from operations is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding over the financial period.Ratios and Supplemental Data(in millions, except for ratios, NAV and TSX market prices)August 20121February 20122February 20112February 20102February 20092February 20082Total net asset value, end of period$670.4$712.2$934.5$509.6$541.4$582.5Number of common shares outstanding106.4106.4106.385.772.365.0Average net asset value for the period$705.9$760.7$729.5$555.8$585.1$708.5Management expense ratio3Excluding income tax expense (recovery)0.29%0.61%0.68%0.61%0.79%1.01%Including income tax expense (recovery)-(1.89%)4.81%(2.06%)(2.53%)(6.86%)Trading expense ratio4--0.46%0.23%0.22%0.32%Portfolio turnover rate------NAV, end of period$6.30$6.70$8.79$5.95$7.49$8.96Closing TSX market price per common share$5.38$6.03$9.03$6.16$6.05$11.551For the six months ended August 31, 2012.2For the twelve months ended.3The management expense ratio is based on total expenses (excluding commissions and other portfolio transaction costs) for the stated period and is expressed as an annualized percentage of the average net asset value during the period.4The trading expense ratio represents total commissions and other portfolio transaction costs expressed as an annualized percentage of the average net asset value during the period.PAST PERFORMANCEThe following tables and graphs illustrate the past performance of the NAV Return (Loss) and share price ("Market Value Return (Loss)") of UPC and will not necessarily indicate how UPC will perform in the future. NAV Return (Loss) is the best representation of the performance of UPC while Market Value Return (Loss) is the best representation of the return to a shareholder of UPC.Year-by-Year ReturnsThe table and graph below shows the annual and interim performance, in NAV Return (Loss) and Market Value Return (Loss) of UPC for each period indicated. The table and graph shows, in percentage terms, how much an investment made on the first day of each financial period would have increased or decreased by the last day of each financial period.Feb- ruary 20061Feb- ruary 20072Feb- ruary 20082Feb- ruary 20092Feb- ruary 20102Feb- ruary 20112Feb- ruary 20122August 20123NAV Return (Loss) - basic18.3%110.0%(25.0%)(16.4%)(20.6%)47.7%(23.8%)(6.0%)NAV Return (Loss) - diluted18.3%100.9%(21.6%)(16.4%)(20.6%)47.2%(23.5%)(6.0%)Market Value Return (Loss)40.2%94.1%(18.4%)(47.6%)1.8%46.6%(33.2%)(10.8%)1Period from completion of initial public offering on May 10, 2005 through to February 28, 2006.2For the twelve months ended.3For the six months ended August 31, 2012.To view the figure associated with this press release, please view the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/UPCfigure1.pdfSUMMARY OF INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOUPC's investment portfolio consists of the following as at August 31, 2012:(in thousands, except quantity amounts)Quantity of MeasureCost1Market Value2Investments in Uranium:U3O87,250,000 lbs$342,495$346,808UF632,374,230 KgU$389,998$313,203$732,493$660,011U3O8 average cost and market value per pound:- In Canadian dollars$47.24$47.84- In United States dollars$43.23$48.50UF6 average cost and market value per KgU:- In Canadian dollars$164.26$131.92- In United States dollars$152.06$133.751The cost of the portfolio excludes transaction fees incurred.2The market values have been translated to Canadian dollars using the August 31, 2012 noon foreign exchange rate of 0.9863.3The Corporation has transferred 1,332,230 KgU as UF6 and taken in exchange 3,480,944 pounds of U3O8, effectively lending the conversion component of the UF6. Due to on-going transactions of the Corporation, this summary of investment portfolio may be inaccurate after August 31, 2012. Please check UPC's most recently announced NAV for updated information on UPC's holdings. URANIUM PARTICIPATION CORPORATIONINTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)At August 31, 2012At February 29, 2012AssetsInvestments at market value (note 3)$660,011$702,229Cash and cash equivalents12,59514,321Sundry receivables and other assets287294Total assets$672,893$716,844LiabilitiesAccounts payable and accrued liabilities1,4361,529Income taxes payable120134Deferred tax liabilities (note 4)9873,021Total liabilities$2,543$4,684Equity - Net assets represented by:Share capital (note 5)$776,174$776,174Contributed surplus4,5644,564Deficit(110,388)(68,578)Total equity670,350712,160Total liabilities and equity$672,893$716,844Common sharesIssued and outstanding (note 5)106,350,413106,350,413Net asset value per common shareBasic and diluted$6.30$6.70INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)SIX MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2012 and 2011(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)20122011IncomeChange in unrealized losses on investments (note 3)$(42,218)$(272,924)Income from investment lending (note 7)357379Interest8690(41,775)(272,455)ExpensesManagement fees (note 6)863915Storage fees8601,004Audit fees2234Directors' fees7586Legal and other professional fees4255Shareholder information and other compliance189205General office and miscellaneous87134Foreign exchange loss (gain)(69)322,0692,465Decrease in net assets from operations before taxes(43,844)(274,920)Income tax recovery (note 4)(2,034)(24,010)Decrease in net assets from operations after taxes(41,810)(250,910)Decrease in net assets from operations after taxes per common shareBasic and diluted$(0.39)$(2.33)Weighted average common shares outstandingBasic and diluted106,350,413107,456,688INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)SIX MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2012 and 2011(in thousands of Canadian dollars)Share capitalContributed surplusRetained earnings (deficit)Total equityBalance at February 29, 2012$776,174$4,564$(68,578)$712,160Decrease in net assets from operations after taxes--(41,810)(41,810)Balance at August 31, 2012$776,174$4,564$(110,388)$670,350Balance at February 28, 2011$775,942$3,588$154,925$934,455Stock options exercised9,058(1,107)-7,951Decrease in net assets from operations after taxes--(250,910)(250,910)Balance at August 31, 2011$785,000$2,481$(95,985)$691,496INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)SIX MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2012 and 2011(in thousands of Canadian dollars)20122011Operating ActivitiesDecrease in net assets from operations after taxes$(41,810)$(250,910)Adjustments for non-cash items:Change in unrealized losses on investments (note 3)42,218272,924Deferred income tax recovery (note 4)(2,034)(24,010)Changes in non-cash working capital:Change in sundry receivables and other assets763Change in accounts payable and accrued liabilities(93)124Change in income taxes payable(14)-Net cash used in operating activities(1,726)(1,809)Financing ActivitiesStock option exercises-7,951Net cash generated by financing activities-7,951Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(1,726)6,142Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period14,32116,659Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$12,595$22,801INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO (UNAUDITED)AS AT AUGUST 31, 2012(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except quantity amounts)Quantity of MeasureCost1Market Value2Investments in Uranium:Uranium oxide in concentrates ("U3O8")7,250,000 lbs$342,495$346,808Uranium hexafluoride ("UF6") 32,374,230 KgU$389,998$313,203$732,493$660,011U3O8 average cost and market value per pound:- In Canadian dollars$47.24$47.84- In United States dollars$43.23$48.50UF6 average cost and market value per KgU:- In Canadian dollars$164.26$131.92- In United States dollars$152.06$133.751The cost of the portfolio excludes transaction fees incurred.2The market values have been translated to Canadian dollars using the August 31, 2012 noon foreign exchange rate of 0.9863.3The Corporation has transferred 1,332,230 KgU as UF6 to a third party and taken in exchange 3,480,944 pounds of U3O8, effectively lending the conversion component of the UF6. See note 7 for further details of this arrangement.The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited interim consolidated financial statements.NOTES TO INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)(Expressed in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted)1. URANIUM PARTICIPATION CORPORATIONUranium Participation Corporation ("UPC") was established under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) ("OBCA") on March 15, 2005. The address of its registered head office is 595 Bay Street, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2C2. UPC, including its subsidiary (collectively, the "Corporation") is a non-redeemable investment fund as defined by the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in National Instrument 81-106-Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure. The Corporation was created to invest substantially all of its assets in U3O8 and UF6 (collectively "investments in uranium") with the primary investment objective of achieving appreciation in the value of its uranium holdings. Denison Mines Inc. (the "Manager"), under the direction of the Corporation's board of directors, provides general administration and management services to the Corporation. The common shares of UPC trade publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol U.2. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIESBasis of PresentationThese interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), applicable to the preparation of interim financial statements, including International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 Interim Financial Reporting. These interim consolidated financial statements do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Corporation's year ended February 29, 2012 consolidated financial statements. The accounting policies used in preparing these interim consolidated financial statements are consistent with those used in the Corporation's year ended February 29, 2012 consolidated financial statements. These financial statements were authorized for issue by the Corporation's board of directors on October 3, 2012. 3. INVESTMENTS IN URANIUMThe investments continuity summary is as follows:(in thousands)CostFair Value AdjustmentMarket ValueBalance at beginning of period$732,493$(30,264)$702,229Change in unrealized losses on investments-(42,218)(42,218)Balance at end of period$732,493$(72,482)$660,0114. INCOME TAXESUnlike most investment funds, the Corporation is not a mutual fund trust, making it subject to income tax on its taxable income. The Corporation is also subject to varying rates of taxation due to its operations in multiple tax jurisdictions. Reconciliations of the income tax recovery for the six months ended August 31, 2012 and 2011 are as follows:(in thousands)20122011Current tax expense$-$-Deferred tax recovery(2,034)(24,010)Total income tax recovery$(2,034)$(24,010)Reconciliations of the combined Canadian federal and Ontario provincial income tax rate to the Corporation's effective rate of income tax for the six months ended August 31, 2012 and 2011 are as follows:(in thousands)20122011Increase (decrease) in total equity from operations, before income taxes$(43,844)$(274,920)Combined federal and Ontario provincial income tax rate126.50%27.92%Computed income tax expense (recovery)(11,619)(76,758)Difference in current tax rates applicable in other jurisdictions8,23347,008Difference between deferred and current tax rates-1,176Change in deferred tax assets not recognized1,0484,818Impact of legislative changes173-Other131(254)Income tax recovery$(2,034)$(24,010)1 The combined federal and Ontario provincial income tax rate for the six months ended August 31, 2012 declined due to: 1) federal tax rate decrease from 16.5% to 15.0% effective January 1, 2012; and 2) Ontario tax rate decrease from 12.0% to 11.5% effective July 1, 2011.The components of the Corporation's deferred tax balances are comprised of temporary differences as presented below:(in thousands)At August 31, 2012At February 29, 2012Deferred tax assets:Tax benefit of share issue costs$485$662Tax benefit of operating loss carryforwards3,3872,780Other7573Gross deferred tax assets3,9473,515Deferred tax assets set off against deferred tax liabilities(3,947)(3,515)Deferred tax assets$-$-Deferred tax liabilities:Unrealized gain on investments$4,934$6,536Gross deferred tax liabilities4,9346,536Deferred tax assets set off against deferred tax liabilities(3,947)(3,515)Deferred tax liabilities$987$3,021The Corporation believes that it is not probable that sufficient taxable income will be available in future years to allow the benefit of the following deferred tax assets to be utilized: (in thousands)Expiry DateAt August 31, 2012At February 29, 2012Deductible temporary differencesUnlimited$5,467$4,431Income tax lossesUnlimited5139Total deferred tax assets not recognized$5,518$4,470COMMON SHARESThe Corporation is authorized to issue an unlimited number of common shares without par value. A continuity schedule of the issued and outstanding common shares and the associated dollar amounts is as follows:(in thousands except common share balances)Number of Common Shares AmountBalance at February 29, 2012 and August 31, 2012106,350,413$776,174Normal Course Issuer BidIn July 2012, a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") was filed with the Toronto Stock Exchange authorizing the Corporation to purchase up to 9,273,299 of the Corporation's common shares during the 12-month period commencing July 31, 2012 and ending July 30, 2013 or on such earlier date as the Corporation completes its purchases. The purpose of the NCIB is to provide the Corporation with a mechanism to decrease the potential spread between the net asset value per common share and the market price of the shares. At August 31, 2012, UPC had not repurchased any of its outstanding shares under the NCIB.6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONSThe following outlines the income earned and fees paid to the Manager in the six months ended August 31, 2012 and 2011:(in thousands)20122011Income from investment lending with the Manager$-$35Fees incurred with the Manager:Management fees$863$915Net fees incurred with the Manager$863$880As at August 31, 2012, accounts payable and accrued liabilities included $163,000 due to the Manager with respect to the fees indicated above.UPC did not employ any personnel during the period, as its affairs were administered by the personnel of the Manager.7. INVESTMENT LENDINGThe Corporation entered into a loan of the conversion component of 1,332,230 KgU as UF6 in December 2009. The conversion component loaned is subject to a loan fee of 4.5% per annum based on the greater of the adjusted monthly value and US$15,654,000. To facilitate the loan of the conversion component, 1,332,230 KgU as UF6 was transferred to the borrower with 3,480,944 pounds of U3O8 and an irrevocable letter of credit of US$15,700,000 from a major financial institution sent to UPC as collateral. In November 2010, the irrevocable letter of credit was increased to US$17,835,000. In August 2012, the loan was extended to December 2013 with an option to further extend the loan to December 2014, at the borrower's discretion. At August 31, 2012, the conversion component loaned had a market value of $9,192,000 (US$9,326,000).FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Ron HochsteinUranium Participation CorporationPresident(416) 979-1991 Ext. 232ORJames AndersonUranium Participation CorporationChief Financial Officer(416) 979-1991 Ext. 372www.uraniumparticipation.com