Uranium Resources Announces Closing of Neutron Energy Acquisition
URI now has 154.2 million pounds of in place mineralized uranium material
LEWISVILLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE) (URI or the Company), announced the completion of a stock-for-stock transaction to acquire 100% of the equity of Neutron Energy, Inc. (Neutron) pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated March 1, 2012 (the Merger Agreement) by and among URI, Neutron and URI Merger Corporation.
At the effective time of the merger on August 31, 2012, URI Merger Corporation merged with and into Neutron with Neutron surviving the merger as an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of URI.
Concurrent with the acquisition, Resource Capital Fund V L.P. (RCF) purchased 24,638,673 shares of URI common stock for $20 million, which was used to partially repay a loan owed by Neutron to RMB Australia Holdings Limited (RMB). The remainder of Neutrons debt owed to RMB was converted into 8,361,327 shares of URI common stock, resulting in URI acquiring Neutron on a debt-free basis. In addition, URI issued 162,939 shares of URI common stock to Roth Capital Partners, LLC, Neutrons financial advisor, to satisfy certain obligations incurred by Neutron in connection with the merger.
Don Ewigleben, President and CEO of URI, commented, This transaction positions URI as one of the largest uranium development companies based in the U.S. with more than 154 million pounds of in place mineralized uranium material. With this acquisition, we gain operational synergies for the development of our combined in situ and conventional resources in New Mexico, as well as add a previously permitted conventional mill site to our asset base. Consolidating uranium assets in New Mexico is a key strategic objective as we believe this state will once again be a vital source of uranium to fuel both existing and planned nuclear energy facilities globally at a critical point in time as the supply of uranium over the next several years diminishes and demand expands.
At the time the Merger Agreement was entered into, URI also entered into an investment agreement with RCF pursuant to which RCF provided $10 million in funding to URI in March 2012 through the purchase of 10.3 million shares of URIs common stock, and provided URI an option to receive an additional $5 million in funding following the closing of the merger through the sale of additional shares of URIs common stock.
URI has exercised the $5 million option with RCF, with the sale expected to close this week. The share price is based off the volume weighted average trading price of URI common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market for the 20 trading days prior to the closing of the merger. Upon completion of the $5 million in financing, URI will have 158.7 million shares outstanding, with RCF beneficially owning approximately 28.1% of the outstanding shares of URI common stock.
The closing of this financing will strengthen our current capital position and will enable us to continue to advance our strategic projects, commented Mr. Ewigleben. We believe RCFs investment in URI, which will total $35 million, validates the uranium mining potential in New Mexico and our opportunity to be the first producer of uranium in the state in many decades.
About Uranium Resources, Inc.
Uranium Resources Inc. explores for, develops and mines uranium. Since its incorporation in 1977, URI has produced over 8 million pounds of uranium by in-situ recovery (ISR) methods in the state of Texas. URI has over 206,600 acres of uranium mineral holdings and 152.9 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium material in New Mexico and an NRC license to produce up to 1 million pounds of uranium per year. URI has an additional 1.3 million pounds of in-place mineralized uranium material in Texas and South Dakota. The Company acquired these properties over the past 20 years along with an extensive information database of historic drill hole logs, assay certificates, maps and technical reports. None of URIs properties is currently in production.
URIs strategy is to fully develop its resource base in New Mexico and Texas, expand its asset base both within and outside of New Mexico and Texas, partner with larger mining companies that have undeveloped uranium assets or with junior mining companies that do not have the mining experience of URI, as well as provide restoration expertise to those that require the capability or lack the proficiency.
Uranium Resources routinely posts news and other information about the Company on its website at www.uraniumresources.com.
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Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
Uranium Resources, Inc.
Mat Lueras, 505-269-8317
Vice President, Corporate Development
Uranium Resources, Inc.
Don Ewigleben, 972-219-3330
President & Chief Executive Officer
Source: Uranium Resources, Inc.Copyright Business Wire 2012