EDITOR: | March 16th, 2015 | 5 Comments

Molycorp Releases Q4-2014 and Full Year Financial Results

| March 16, 2015 | 5 Comments

March 16, 2015 (Source: Molycorp) — Highlights

  • The Company reported higher production volumes in the fourth quarter of 2014 at its Mountain Pass, California rare earth facility, with 1,328 metric tons (“mt”) of rare earth oxide (“REO”) equivalent production. That compares to 1,034 mt in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 691 mt in the third quarter of 2014. Full year 2014 production at Mountain Pass totaled approximately 4,769 mt, compared to 3,473 mt in 2013.
  • The Chlor-Alkali plant at Mountain Pass is performing well and the Company is able to produce or purchase sufficient supplies of hydrochloric acid for rare earth production.
  • Per-unit cash production costs at Mountain Pass declined in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $21.02 per kilogram, a 38% decrease over third quarter 2014 costs of $33.80 per kilogram.
  • The Company reported fourth quarter product sales volume of 3,149 mt, a 6% decrease over the third quarter, at an average selling price (“ASP”) of $36.91 per kilogram. For the full year 2014, the Company reported sales volume of 13,019 mt, a 1% increase over 2013, at an ASP of approximately $36.53 per kilogram.
  • Net revenues for the quarter were $116.2 million, a 6% decrease from the third quarter. Full year 2014 net revenues were $475.6 million, a 14% decrease as compared to 2013.
  • The Company reported a net loss of $1.43 per share for the quarter. The Company reported a net loss of $0.39 per share for the quarter on an adjusted, non-GAAP basis.
  • For the full year 2014, the Company reported a net loss of $2.70 per share. On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $1.31 per share for the full year, due largely to impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets and write-offs of certain tangible assets.

Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.


The Company reported consolidated net revenues of $116.2 million, a 6% decrease over the third quarter of 2014. The decrease in revenues was largely driven by a shifting product mix, lower sales volumes from all segments, except for Rare Metals’, and softened pricing for rare earths.

During the fourth quarter, the Company sold 3,149 mt of product at an ASP of $36.91 per kilogram, and generated a gross loss of $44.8 million. This compares to sales volumes of 3,356 mt at an ASP of $36.93 per kilogram and a gross loss of $15.1 million during the third quarter of 2014. The Company produced 691 mt and 1,328 mt of rare earth oxides at its Mountain Pass facility during the third and fourth quarters of 2014, respectively. 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 2015.
Molycorp reported a loss attributable to common stockholders of $329.8 million, or $1.43 per share. Adjusted loss per share of $0.39 in the fourth quarter of 2014 does not reflect impairment charges for goodwill and other intangible assets, out-of-ordinary business expenses, and certain other non-cash items.

The Company reported negative cash flows from operating activities of $75.8 million during the fourth quarter, and had $211.7 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2014.

During the three months ended December 31, 2014, Molycorp’s capital expenditures were $23.3 million on a cash basis.


The Company reported consolidated net revenues of $475.6 million, a 14% decrease as compared to the full year 2013. The decrease in revenues was largely driven by softened rare earth pricing.

For the full year, the Company sold 13,019 mt of product at an ASP of $36.53 per kilogram, and generated a gross loss of $99.6 million. This compares to volume sales of 12,873 mt at an ASP of $43.07 per kilogram and a gross loss of $67.2 million for the full year 2013.

Molycorp reported a full year loss attributable to common stockholders of $607.8 million, or $2.70 per share. Adjusted loss per share of $1.31 for the full year 2014 eliminates the effect of operational expansion items, out-of-ordinary business expenses, and certain other non-cash items.

The Company reported negative cash flows from operating activities of $222.2 million during the year. Capital expenditures for the Company on a cash basis for the full year were $86.2 million. For the full year ending December 31, 2015, the Company estimates that its capital expenditures will total approximately $60-$65 million.

To see Molycorp’s full financial results tables, go here.


Molycorp will conduct a conference call on March 17, 2015 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) 543-6403 and reference passcode number 20720733. Those calling from outside the U.S. should dial +1 (617) 213-8896 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.


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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Company Contacts:

Jim Sims, +1 (303) 843-8062
Vice President Corporate Communications

Brian Blackman, +1 (303) 843-8067
Vice President Investor Relations

Source:  Molycorp, Inc. ($MCP)For more information:Jim Sims, +1 (303) 843-8062
Vice President, Corporate Communications

Brian Blackman, +1 (303) 843-8067
Vice President, Investor Relations

About Molycorp, Inc.

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. With production facilities on three continents, the Company produces a wide variety of specialized products from rare earth elements and five rare metals (Gallium, Indium, Rhenium, Tantalum and Niobium). The Company 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. The Company also markets and sells a line of rare earth-based water treatment products. 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 meet the standards necessary to maintain its listing on the New York Stock Exchange or other stock exchange, including its ability to cure any non-compliance with such listing standards; the need to secure additional capital to implement Molycorp’s business plans, and Molycorp’s ability to successfully secure any such capital, including the ability to successfully access the remaining commitment under the financings with certain funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.; Molycorp’s ability to make interest payments on its existing debt; Molycorp’s ability to repay its debt, whether at maturity, pursuant to any acceleration, or otherwise; Molycorp’s ability to optimize and ramp up production at its Mountain Pass rare earth mine and processing facility, which we refer to as the 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; Molycorp’s  ability to economically produce chemical reagents from waste water at the Mountain Pass facility on a consistent basis; the success of Molycorp’s cost mitigation efforts in connection with the optimization and ramp up of the 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 its acquisitions, including in respect of Molycorp’s financial condition and results of operations; risks and uncertainties associated with intangible assets, including any future goodwill impairment charges and the ability to develop and protect intellectual property related to products and operations; risks associated with Molycorp’s ability to protect its intellectual property, including the infringement of intellectual property of third parties; 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 exploration programs; Molycorp’s ability to enter into definitive agreements with its customers, its ability to supply such customers, and its ability to maintain customer relationships; Molycorp’s ability to maintain appropriate relations with unions and employees; Molycorp’s ability to attract and retain employees with the necessary experience, skills and training; 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, 2014 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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  • Tim Ainsworth

    Asher, do you understand that Mt Pass is reported individually as “Resources”, one of four Moly divisions?
    And that Moly reports revenues, ASP, sales, etc, by individual division?
    Your so called “highlights” makes a dog’s breakfast of it.

    March 16, 2015 - 8:33 PM

  • Tracy Weslosky

    Tim. The above is a news release written by MCP (you will note that at the beginning he writes “Source: Molycorp”), not Asher. He posts the relevant news to markets we cover. He did this after he got home last night to insure that our readers were aware of this announcement and were able to log onto the teleconference this AM, as I did.

    Thank you Asher, and thank you Veritas Bob for providing me with a morning chuckle to go along with my coffee.

    March 17, 2015 - 10:10 AM

  • motherearth

    Goodmorning Tracy could you please take a few minutes and give us your thoughts on the Moly teleconference? and do you know if Jack listened in on it? Maybe he could comment as well. Thank You

    March 17, 2015 - 10:16 AM

  • Tracy Weslosky

    Thank you Mother Earth. I will be interviewing Jack this afternoon and will ask him whether or not he feels so inclined. My position as a Publisher remains the same in that always say something nice or say nothing at all. On that note, I continue to subscribe to the belief that MCP is too big to fail. Therefore, I believe that someone will pull a rabbit out of a hat and make this work….;-) There you go: I am a believer.

    March 17, 2015 - 12:19 PM

  • motherearth

    How can they keep going when they maybe delisted in June ? I would love to hear from Jack on this.

    March 17, 2015 - 12:26 PM

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