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Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is a growing, diversified, North American mining company. The Company produces molybdenum at its 100%-owned Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho and Langeloth Metallurgical Facility in Pennsylvania and its 75%-owned Endako Mine in northern British Columbia. The Company is also in the process of constructing the Mt. Milligan copper-gold mine in northern British Columbia, which is expected to be in production in 2013.

Among the Company's development projects are the Mount Emmons molybdenum deposit in Colorado and the Davidson molybdenum and Berg copper-molybdenum-silver deposits in northern British Columbia. The Company's exploration projects include the Howards Pass zinc deposit in the Yukon and the Maze Lake gold deposit in Nunavut. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol (TCM) and the NYSE under (TC).

SP on 5 Nov 2010 was 13.12

Annual Range 2010 was (8.77-15.15)

Share Structure

 

Issued and Outstanding

163,717

Warrants - TCM.WT(1)

24,504

Warrants - TRX.WT.A(2)

2,364

Warrants - TRX.WT(3)

937

Options(4)

5,822

Restricted Stock Units

209

Performance Share Units

240

Fully Diluted

197,793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations

Thompson Creek Mine

The mine, which began operations in 1983, uses conventional open-pit mining methods with large electric-powered shovels that can each move up to 100,000 tons of waste rock and ore per day. The shovels load ore into 200-ton trucks to be hauled to an on-site mill (concentrator). A molybdenum disulfide concentrate is extracted from the ore through a series of crushing, grinding, and flotation operations.

Daily throughput of ore at the mill has recently averaged close to 28,000 tons per day. Most of the molybdenum disulfide concentrate produced at the mine is further processed into technical grade molybdenum oxide at the Langeloth Metallurgical Facility in Pennsylvania.

During 2008, Thompson Creek conducted definition drilling beside and below the ore body. In a news release published on November 5, 2009, the Company announced new estimates for mineral resources and reserves (see table below) and a 16-year mine plan, which replaced the 10-year mine plan originally adopted in 2007 based on mineral reserves estimated in 2007.

The new reserves and mine life calculations are as of May 31, 2009 and assume a molybdenum price of US$10 per pound and updated costs. Click here to view the 43-101 technical report dated September 15, 2009 on the mineral resources and mineral reserves estimates and the life of mine plan.

Development Projects

THOMPSON CREEK MINE - MINERAL RESERVES*

 

Category

Tons

(millions)

Grade

(%Mo)

Contained Mo

(millions lbs)

Proven Reserves

91.8

0.094

172.3

Probable Reserves

72.8

0.072

104.9

Proven and Probable - Total

164.6

0.084

277.2

 

THOMPSON CREEK MINE - MINERAL RESOURCES*

 

Category

Tons

(millions)

Grade

(%Mo)

Contained Mo

(millions lbs)

Measured Resources

132.4

0.084

222.6

Indicated Resources

194.0

0.057

222.2

Measured and Indicated - Total

326.4

0.068

444.6

Additional Inferred Resources

29.1

0.042

24.2

 

Endako Mine

The Endako Mine is a primarily, surface molybdenum mine located near Fraser Lake, 100 miles northwest of Prince George, British Columbia. The mine is operated as a joint venture with Thompson Creek holding a 75% interest and Sojitz Corporation, a Japanese company, holding a 25% interest.

The Endako Mine is a fully integrated facility that began operations in 1965. It includes a concentrator that processes ore through crushing, grinding, and flotation circuits into molybdenum disulfide concentrate, and a multiple-hearth roasting facility that converts the concentrate into technical grade molybdenum oxide.

Processing capacity at Endako is approximately 31,000 tons of ore per day. In April 2008, the Corporation began an expansion and modernization project that would increase the mill capacity to 55,000 tons per day. While the expansion project was suspended in December 2008 in response to the economic downturn, it was resumed in August 2009. Construction of a new mill building and installation of new processing equipment are (expected) to be completed by the end of 2011.

The Endako Mine consists of three pits. The Endako Pit, the largest, was the focus of mining activity for many years. In January 2008, mining activity shifted entirely to the Denak West pit and during 2008 the Corporation moved the in-pit crusher from the Endako Pit to an area between the Denak West and Denak East pits and began installing an overland conveyor from that location to the mill. The conveyor commenced transporting ore to the mill in March 2009. Plans call for the creation of a single pit by mining the walls between the three existing pits.

Mine life was estimated in 2007 at approximately 26 years assuming a long-term molybdenum price of US$10 per pound and updated costs. Based on existing mineral reserves, the mine life will be reduced to about 16 years when the new mill is operational and is processing ore at the expected rate of 55,000 tons per day. The Corporation has been conducting exploration drilling in the area that may lead to a revision in mineral resources and reserves and mine life.

ENDAKO MINE - MINERAL RESERVES*

 

Category

Tons

(millions)

Grade

(%Mo)

Contained Mo

(millions lbs)

Proven Reserves

135.7

0.051

138.6

Probable Reserves

172.1

0.049

167.7

Proven and Probable - Total

307.8

0.050

306.3

 

ENDAKO MINE - MINERAL RESOURCES*

 

Category

Tons

(millions)

Grade

(%Mo)

Contained Mo

(millions lbs)

Measured Resources

138.0

0.050

152.2

Indicated Resources

354.1

0.040

311.8

Measured and Indicated - Total

492.1

0.043

463.9

Additional Inferred Resources

76.2

0.033

56.2

 

Langeloth Metallurgic Facility

The Langeloth complex, located 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a world-class facility with a long history of producing high-quality metallurgical products used mainly in the steel and chemical industries. The facility has roasting capacity of 35 million pounds of molybdenum per year.

Development Projects

Mt Milligan Construction Project

Mt. Milligan is a copper-gold project located approximately 90 miles northwest of Prince George in central British Columbia, Canada. Thompson Creek is in the process of constructing the mine, which is expected to be in production in 2013.

FEASIBILITY STUDY

The Mt. Milligan project is based on a conventional truck-shovel open pit mine and 60,000 tonnes per day (t/d) copper flotation concentrator to be built over a 30-month period at a capital cost of approximately C$915 million. Commercial production is scheduled to commence in 2013. Average annual metal production over a 22-year mine life is forecast to be 81 million pounds (lb) copper and 194,500 ounces (oz) gold. The mine plan has been designed for extraction of higher grade and gold-rich reserves in the early years. In the first six years of the mine plan gold production will average 262,100 oz per year and account for 55% of the revenue. Highlights of the Feasibility Update Study are:

Gold in reserve 6.0 million oz (second largest gold reserve in Canada)

Copper in reserve 2.1 billion lb

Mine life 22 years

Life-of-Mine strip ratio steady at 0.84/1

Capital cost currently estimated at C$915 million

Pipeline Projects

Mt Emmons

The Mount Emmons Project is one of the largest, high-grade, undeveloped molybdenum deposits in the world, with a historical mineral resource in excess of 700 million pounds of molybdenum. Thompson Creek has become the project manager and has an option to acquire up to 75% of the property within the next 10 years. More information is available at www.mountemmonsproject.com.

Berg

The Berg project is a copper-molybdenum-silver deposit located in west-central British Columbia, Canada, approximately 50 miles southwest of Houston, British Columbia, and 15 miles northwest of the currently operating Huckleberry Mine. Since 1965 approximately 180 diamond drill holes have been completed totaling approximately 42,000 metres and a significant copper-molybdenum resource has been developed. Thompson Creek will continue to evaluate the Berg project to determine the potential of bringing the project to commercial production.

Resource Measured and indicated

506 tons Cu .30 MO .037 CU 3.3M# AG 61M Oz

Davidson

First discovered in 1944, the Davidson Project is the largest undeveloped molybdenum deposit in Canada. Located on the east side of Hudson Bay Mountain and approximately nine kilometres from Smithers, the deposit lies 300 to 450 metres below ground and is currently accessed by a two-kilometre tunnel developed in the 1960s.

Resource

.12 cut off 77.2M tons grade .17% for 288M tons MO

Financials

Q3 2010

Cash 458M

Liabilities ST 54.9M

Revenues 162M

Cost and Expenses 116M

Income 45.6M

Diluted Gain (.22)

Nov 04, 2010

Thompson Creek Announces Third-Quarter 2010 Revenues Up 41% And Cash Flow From Operations Up 143%

Revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $161.8 million, up 41.4% from $114.4 million for the third quarter of 2009.

Net Income for the third quarter of 2010 was $31.1 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, which included a non-cash unrealized loss on common stock warrants of $20.5 million, or $0.15 per basic and $0.14 per diluted share. Net loss for the third quarter of 2009 was $1.4 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, which included a non-cash unrealized loss on common stock warrants of $15.7 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share.

Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income for the third quarter of 2010 (excluding the non-cash unrealized loss on the warrants) was $51.6 million, or $0.37 per basic and $0.36 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2009 (excluding the non-cash unrealized loss on the warrants) was $14.3 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share.

Molybdenum Production for the third quarter of 2010 was 8.0 million pounds, up 28% from 6.2 million pounds for the third quarter of 2009.

Cash Flow From Operations was $59.0 million for the third quarter of 2010, up 143.8% from $24.2 million for the third quarter of 2009.

Capital Costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 were $169.7 million, comprised of $65.0 million of capital costs for the mines, the Langeloth facility and corporate, and $104.7 million for the Company's 75% share of capital costs for the Endako mill expansion project. The capital costs for the first nine months of 2010 included accrued amounts of $22.4 million at September 30, 2010; therefore, capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2010 were $147.3 million.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-term Investments as of September 30, 2010 were $493.0 million, compared to $511.5 million as of December 31, 2009. Total debt as of September 30, 2010 was $9.9 million, compared to $12.9 million as of December 31, 2009.

Board Members

Kevin Loughrey - Chairman

Denis C. Arsenault - Boardmember

Carol A. Banducci - Boardmember

James L. Freer - Boardmember

James P. Geyer - Boardmember

Timothy J. Haddon - Boardmember

Thomas J. O'Neill - Boardmember

Senior Management

Kevin Loughrey - Chairman & CEO

Scott Shellhaas - Vice President & COO

Pamela Sexton - CFO

Dale Huffman - Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Robert Jacko - Vice President & General Manager, Projects

Mark Wilson - Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Bruce R. Wright - Vice President, Development

Media

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News Releases

Thompson Creek Announces Third-Quarter 2010 Revenues Up 41% And Cash Flow From Operations Up 143%

 

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