Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

For Release:  4:01 p.m. Eastern, May 7, 2014

Greenwood Village, CO (May 7, 2014) - Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter 2014.

The Company reported first quarter product sales volume of 3,518 metric tons (mt), a 10% increase over the fourth quarter 2013, at an average selling price (“ASP”) of $33.69 per kilogram. Net revenues for the first quarter were $118.5 million, a 4% decrease from the fourth quarter 2013.

The Company reported a net loss of $0.40 per share for the quarter. The Company reported a net loss of $0.29 per share for the quarter on an adjusted non-GAAP basis.

Molycorp’s Resources segment, comprised of its Mountain Pass, California rare earth mine and processing facility, sold 988 mt of rare earth oxide (“REO”) equivalent products for $15.6 million in revenues. ASP for the quarter was $15.75/kg. Production volume for the quarter was 1,111 mt.

The Company’s Chemicals and Oxides segment sold 1,926 mt and reported $46.6 million in revenues. The increase in volume was offset by lower ASP due to a product mix with less heavy rare earth materials.

Its Magnetic Materials and Alloys segment sold 1,374 mt of magnetic powders. Revenues for the segment were $55.9 million on ASP of $40.71/kg. 

Finally, Molycorp’s Rare Metals segment reported sales volume of 101 mt on revenues of $20.4 million. ASP for the segment was $202.21/kg.

The Company reported that its production ramp-up at Mountain Pass is continuing, as are process optimization and debottlenecking efforts that are helping to strengthen the system, increase recoveries, and increase throughput.

FIRST QUARTER 2014 RESULTS

The Company reported consolidated net revenues of $118.5 million, a 4% decrease over the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in revenues was largely driven by a shifting product mix, with higher sales volumes from its Chemicals and Oxides segment, offset by softened pricing for rare earths and magnetic powders, and lower sales volumes in its Resources segment.

During the first quarter, the Company sold 3,518 mt of product at an ASP of $33.69 per kilogram, and generated a gross loss of $23.1 million. This compares to sales volumes of 3,201 mt at an ASP of $36.68 per kilogram and a gross loss of $27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company produced 1,111 metric tons of rare earth oxides at its Mountain Pass facility during the first quarter. Actual production was lower than expected as a result of production interruptions while the Company continues to optimize operations, and this lower than expected production has continued through the first two months of 2014.

Molycorp reported a loss attributable to common stockholders of $88.9 million, or $0.40 per share. Adjusted loss per share of $0.29 in the first quarter does not reflect out-of-ordinary business expenses, and certain other non-cash items.

The Company reported negative cash flows from operating activities of $45.8 million during the first quarter, and had $236.1 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2014.

During the three months ended March 31, 2014, Molycorp’s capital expenditures were $29.8 million on a cash basis.

Financial tables related by the Company’s Q1 2014 filing can be seen here.
 

CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW AT 9:00 A.M. EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Molycorp will conduct a conference call on Thursday, May 8, 2014 to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. EST, hosted by Geoff Bedford, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Doolan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Investors interested in participating in the live call from the U.S. should dial +1 (866) 515-2909 and reference passcode number 38305260. Those calling from outside the U.S. should dial +1 (617) 399-5123 and reference the same passcode as above.

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. A PowerPoint presentation that will be broadcast live via webcast during the conference call will be made available on the website immediately prior to the call.

NON-GAAP ADJUSTED NET LOSS, OIBDA and ADJUSTED OIBDA

Adjusted Net Loss excludes certain non-cash items and other out-of-ordinary business expense and operational expansion items. The Company defines OIBDA as operating income before depreciation, amortization and accretion. Adjusted OIBDA consists of OIBDA excluding certain non-cash items and other out-of-ordinary business expense and operational expansion items. Adjusted Net Loss, OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA are all non-GAAP financial measures. There have been no changes in the calculation method of previously disclosed non-GAAP financial measures. The Company’s management believes adjusting out these items from Net Loss and OIBDA, including but not limited to purchase accounting adjustments, stock-based compensation, out-of-ordinary expenses/income, asset impairment charges 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 that Adjusted Net Loss, OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA are 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.

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For more information:

Jim Sims, +1 (303) 843-8062
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Jim.Sims@Molycorp.com
 
Brian Blackman, +1 (303) 843-8067
Vice President, Investor Relations
Brian.Blackman@Molycorp.com

ABOUT MOLYCORP
 
Molycorp is the only advanced material manufacturer in the world that both controls a world-class rare earth resource and can produce high-purity, custom engineered rare earth products to meet increasingly demanding customer specifications. A globally integrated manufacturer, the Company produces a wide variety of specialized products from 13 different rare earths (lights and heavies), five rare metals (gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum and niobium), and the transition metals yttrium and zirconium. With 26 locations across 11 countries, Molycorp also produces rare earth magnetic materials through its Molycorp Magnequench subsidiary, including neodymium-iron-boron (“NdFeB”) magnet powders, used to manufacture bonded NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets. Through its joint venture with Daido Steel and the Mitsubishi Corporation, Molycorp manufactures next-generation, sintered NdFeB permanent rare earth magnets. Through its Molycorp Advanced Water Technologies subsidiary, the Company markets and sells its proprietary, cerium-based advanced water purification technology called SorbX® for use in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, recreational water, and pool and spa water treatment markets. 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:  the potential need to secure additional capital to implement Molycorp’s business plans, and Molycorp’s ability to successfully secure any such capital; Molycorp’s ability to optimize production at its Mountain Pass rare earth mine and processing facility, which we refer to as the Molycorp Mountain Pass facility, and the ability to develop internal and external demand for REO and other downstream products, including the ability to operate at commercial production rates and competitive cash production costs, in each case within the projected time frame; the success of Molycorp’s cost mitigation efforts in connection with the optimization of the Molycorp Mountain Pass facility, which, if unsuccessful, might cause its costs to exceed budget; the final costs of Molycorp’s planned capital projects, which may differ from estimated costs; Molycorp’s ability to achieve fully the strategic and financial objectives related to the acquisition of Molycorp Canada, including the acquisition’s impact on Molycorp’s financial condition and results of operations; unexpected costs or liabilities that may arise from the acquisition, ownership or operation of Molycorp Canada; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including any future goodwill impairment charges; market conditions, including prices and demand for Molycorp’s products; Molycorp’s ability to control its working capital needs; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; the development and commercialization of new products; unexpected actions of domestic and foreign governments; various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events and other risks; uncertainties associated with Molycorp’s reserve estimates and non-reserve deposit information, including estimated mine life and annual production; uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns, REO prices, production costs and other expenses for operations, which are subject to fluctuation; uncertainties regarding global supply and demand for rare earths materials; uncertainties regarding the results of Molycorp’s exploratory drilling programs; Molycorp’s ability to enter into additional definitive agreements with its customers and its ability to maintain customer relationships; Molycorp’s sintered neodymium-iron-boron rare earth magnet joint venture’s ability to successfully manufacture magnets within its expected timeframe; Molycorp’s ability to successfully integrate other acquired businesses; Molycorp’s ability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and employees; Molycorp’s ability to successfully implement its vertical integration 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; and the outcome of the current stockholder class action litigation and derivative litigation, including any actions taken by government agencies in connection therewith.
 
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, 2013 and of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statement contained in this release or the Annual Report on Form 10-K or the Quarterly Reports 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.

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