Earlier today, Uranium Energy Corp. issued a Mid-Year Shareholder Report and filed an 8-K statement advising on the progress of its Palangana in-situ recovery (ISR) project in South Texas, which is scheduled to commence production later this year. The report from CEO Amir Adnani is shown below in its original form:
I am pleased to provide a mid-year report for Uranium Energy Corp. The first half of the year has truly been a breakthrough for the Company, as we demonstrate with a number of particulars in this letter. The second half of the year promises to bring all of our work to fruition with the start of initial uranium production at the Palangana ISR project, on track for the fourth quarter of this year. This will put UEC in a very elite class as one of only eight uranium producers in the world.
The Company’s Annual General Meeting was held last week on July 22, and I would like to express my gratitude to you, our shareholders, for your continued trust and support. The entire UEC team deserves a special acknowledgement for their dedication and hard work, as do our directors for their experienced leadership. Thank you!
Also, considering that the economy and investment markets continue to experience difficulties, I want to reassure you that the Company is well funded to execute its plans. Uranium Energy Corp has no debt and approximately $22 million in cash, funds that are in excess of the remaining development costs to start cash flow.
Palangana Production Watch
With the plans to initiate in-situ recovery of uranium at Palangana in South Texas in four months, I want to tell you – and show you – what to start to expect. This area is alive with rigs, trucks, pipes and roads going in for production. In addition, two rigs are actively drilling to the east, north and south of the first production area, Production Area One (PAA-1), generating additional uranium potential. We feel good about the prospects for growing our resource base in South Texas to feed our recently acquired Hobson processing plant, which is fully licensed and permitted and ready to process uranium immediately.
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Drilling Disposal Well:
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Management takes great pride in current photographs of these activities because Uranium Energy Corp is the only company in North America that is in the position to start major production of uranium in the near-term with all necessary permits secured.
We initiated wellfield development and construction early in June at PAA-1, with 110 injection and production wells to be drilled, cased and completed. Concurrently, we started drilling the disposal well for this first wellfield, which is now complete. Roads are going in, and the electricity is on. Shortly we will initiate construction of the on-site ion-exchange facility. The equipment, tanks and pipes for this facility have been purchased and tested, and are now ready for installation, anticipated in the next two months.
These activities are being supervised and coordinated under the watchful and experienced control of Chief Operating Officer, Harry Anthony – who earlier supervised ISR production at Palangana on behalf of Union Carbide in the 1970s – and Vice President of Production, Robert Underdown.
Meanwhile, approximately one hundred miles north at the Company’s Hobson central processing plant, all systems are ready to receive and process the first truckloads of resins from PAA-1 into uranium oxide (commonly referred to as U3O8 or yellowcake), with first deliveries expected by November this year.
Additional Achievements in the First Half of 2010
• Sale of non-core asset – In April the Company completed the sale of its 49% interest in the Cibola Resources LLC joint venture located in New Mexico for $11 million in cash, valuable non-dilutive funds ensuring that the Company’s balance sheet is strong.
• Permitting advances – In January, the TCEQ approved the final permits for production at Palangana. In addition, at the Goliad ISR project, the crucial disposal well permits were received in May. Also, a public hearing was completed that was needed before the completion of final permits for production at Goliad, anticipated later this year.
• Increasing uranium resources – In February, the Company announced its first NI 43-101-qualified resource at Palangana. The independent Technical Report provides for a resource of 2.2 million pounds U3O8 in all categories. Based on very successful drilling throughout the year on several zones at Palangana, the Company is confident of expanding this defined resource before the end of this year. This is in addition to 6.9 million pounds of in-situ uranium in all categories of resource at our Goliad ISR project, plus 1.3 million pounds at Nichols and a 1.5 million pound historical resource at the Company’s Salvo project. All of these ISR uranium projects are in close proximity to the Company’s Hobson processing plant, part of UEC’s regional operating strategy in Texas.
• Media and analyst coverage – The Company gained excellent recognition from the media during this period as America’s next uranium producer. We had a feature article in Forbes magazine in April. I was interviewed by Bloomberg and Reuters, and both interviews became the basis for articles, transmitted globally in each instance. In addition, six recognized analysts now track the developments of the Company in Canada and the U.S.
• Russell 2000 indexes – Uranium Energy Corp was reinstated to the Russell 2000 Index and the Russell 3000 Index as published on June 29 by Russell Investment Group.
Moving Forward: Near-Term Production and Cash Flow
Our key objective is initial production and cash flow. With an engineering team comprised of many of the top pioneers of the ISR method of uranium mining, we are well positioned to benefit from this low cost production profile. Several additional targets are anticipated to complete this year that will add immeasurably to the Company’s near-future. Please keep an eye out for these developments later this year:
• An updated resource statement for Palangana
• Further and significant information regarding the Company’s Salvo project
• Permitting advances for Goliad, which is targeted for initial production next year
• Additional expansion with highly prospective new leases
Nuclear Power Industry Gaining Traction
President Obama got the industry off to a strong start in his State of the Union address in January by emphasizing that the country’s nuclear power capacity must increase because it is a key to America’s energy future. The Administration followed this up emphatically in February by earmarking approximately $54 billion for federal loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors. And they acted quickly to grant the first $8 billion in loan guarantees to Southern Co. for the construction of two reactors in Georgia.
Bloomberg recently reported that China is tying up large amounts of future uranium production in long-term contracts, perhaps signaling that uranium prices are headed higher in the second half of 2010, as indicated by this week’s jump of $4.25 to $46/lb in the spot price. This report follows several actions through the early months of the year by Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian utilities and traders that are buying uranium companies and projects globally. Not only do these actions tend to cause the price of uranium to rise, they clearly reduce the amount of uranium available for others, and most notably for the U.S. utilities, which operate nearly 25% of the world’s reactors, and plan to expand capacity by another 31% by 2020.
We are optimistic about the price of uranium. It has built a base above $40/lb for over a year, and is anticipated by a majority of analysts to rise later this year or next year. In fact, yesterday, spot uranium price moved up to $46/lb, a jump of $4.25. Throughout the industry, demand far exceeds supply on both a global and local-U.S. basis for now and the foreseeable future. The term, or long-term contract price, appears to be stable at $60/lb, a highly workable level for us.
The Company’s plan is to be THE low-cost leader using the state-of-the-art ISR method of production. The advantages of ISR include a very low capital expenditure to get into production; a projected low cost of production; a better profit margin and a friendlier relationship with the environment.
Uranium Energy Corp. is advancing at a rapid pace. With initial production this year, we anticipate this momentum to increase. We appreciate your trust in the progress of the company, and welcome your additional participation.
Please stay in touch with us by visiting www.uraniumenergy.com, emailing email@example.com or calling us any time at 1-866-748-1030.
President and CEO
Uranium Energy Corp.
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