PolyMet Reports Fiscal 2015 Results
St. Paul, Minn., April 21, 2015 PolyMet Mining Corp. TSX: POM; NYSE MKT: PLM today reported that it has filed its financial results for the year ended January 31, 2015. PolyMet controls 100 percent of the development-stage NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore-body and the nearby Erie Plant, located near Hoyt Lakes in the established mining district of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota.
The financial statements have been filed at www.polymetmining.com and on SEDAR and EDGAR and have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). All amounts are in U.S. funds. Copies can be obtained free of charge by contacting the Corporate Secretary at First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Suite 5700, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C7 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Highlights of Year to January 31, 2015
- Completion of the public review and comment period on the supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) on March 13, 2014.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EC-2 rating of the SDEIS, the highest rating for a mine proposal, so far as we are aware.
- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service (the Co-lead Agencies) made substantial progress on responding to the 58,000 public comments received on the SDEIS. In October 2014, the Commissioner of the MDNR indicated at a public meeting that he thought preparation of the final EIS would be completed in the spring of 2015.
- PolyMet advanced its Definitive Cost Estimate and Project Update.
- PolyMet secured a $30 million loan facility from Glencore, which is expected to fund the company through fiscal 2016. PolyMet received the first tranche of $8 million prior to January 31, 2015 and the second tranche of $8 million on April 15, 2015. The remaining $14 million is scheduled to be drawn in two further tranches on or before July 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015. Glencore also agreed to a one-year extension of $25 million initial principal convertible debentures, originally issued in 2008, that were due September 30, 2014.
Reviewing the year, Jon Cherry, President and CEO of PolyMet stated, Our 2015 fiscal year demonstrated significant progress as a result of a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of the PolyMet team and its technical and legal advisors as well as by the various state and federal government agencies and their advisors and consultants. We continue to enjoy strong support for the project statewide and especially on the Iron Range, where we can strengthen and diversify the economy of northeastern Minnesota and continue its mining heritage.
Cherry continued, Complete and thorough analysis and review of the extensive comments on the SDEIS has been essential in order for the Co-lead Agencies to develop a robust final EIS and lay the basis for permits to be issued. This groundwork places PolyMet in a strong position as we progress through completion of permitting, arranging finance and then to the ultimate objective of building and operating the NorthMet Project.
Goals and Objectives for Year to January 31, 2016
- Publication of the final EIS in the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board Monitor and the Federal Register, which PolyMet anticipates will be in the summer of 2015.
- Submission of permit applications around the same time as publication of the final EIS.
- Decision on state permits within 150 days of application under state guidelines.
- Records of Decision on the federal 404 Wetland Permit and the Land Exchange.
- Completion of the Definitive Cost Estimate and Project Update.
- Construction finance plan including commitment of debt prior to the issuance of permits but subject to typical conditions precedent, such as receipt of permits.
Financial Highlights of FY 2015
- Loss for the year ended January 31, 2015 was $7.276 million compared with $8.132 million for the prior year period. General and administrative expenses excluding non-cash stock-based compensation in the year ended January 31, 2015 were $4.368 million compared with $4.957 million in the prior year period.
- At January 31, 2015 PolyMet had cash and cash equivalents of $9.301 million compared with $32.790 million at January 31, 2014.
- PolyMet invested $27.153 million into its NorthMet Project during the year ended January 31, 2015, compared with $25.224 million in the prior year period.
- As of January 31, 2015 PolyMet had spent $85.4 million on environmental review and permitting, of which $78.9 million has been spent since the NorthMet Project moved from exploration to development stage.
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PolyMet Mining Corp. (www.polymetmining.com) is a publicly-traded mine development company that owns 100 percent of Poly Met Mining, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that controls 100 percent of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease and owns 100 percent of the Erie Plant, a large processing facility located approximately six miles from the ore body in the established mining district of the Mesabi Range in northeastern Minnesota. Poly Met Mining, Inc. has completed its Definitive Feasibility Study and is seeking environmental and operating permits to enable it to commence production. The NorthMet Project is expected to require approximately two million hours of construction labor, creating approximately 360 long-term jobs, a level of activity that will have a significant multiplier effect in the local economy.
POLYMET MINING CORP.
Jon Cherry, CEO
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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning anticipated developments in PolyMet’s operations in the future. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as expects, anticipates, believes, intends, estimates, potential, possible, projects, plans, and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results will, may, could, or should occur or be achieved or their negatives or other comparable words. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding the ability to receive environmental and operating permits, job creation, or other statements that are not a statement of fact. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements due to risks facing PolyMet or due to actual facts differing from the assumptions underlying its predictions.
PolyMet’s forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made, and PolyMet does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or managements beliefs, expectations and opinions should change.
Specific reference is made to PolyMet’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015 and in our other filings with Canadian securities authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of some of the risk factors and other considerations underlying forward-looking statements.
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