TORONTO, ONTARIO and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/24/13 -- Energy Fuels Inc. (TSX: EFR) ("Energy Fuels") and Strathmore Minerals Corp. (TSX: STM)(OTCQX: STHJF) ("Strathmore") are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (the "LOI") pursuant to which Energy Fuels and Strathmore have agreed to pursue a transaction (the "Transaction") whereby Energy Fuels would acquire, by way of a plan of arrangement, all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Strathmore. Under the terms of the LOI, Strathmore shareholders would receive 1.47 common shares of Energy Fuels for each common share of Strathmore held, resulting in the shareholders of Strathmore owning approximately 21% of the issued and outstanding shares of Energy Fuels upon completion of the Transaction. The consideration represents a premium of 31% based on the 20-day volume weighted average prices on the TSX as of May 22, 2013.
Energy Fuels and Strathmore believe the Transaction will position the newly combined Energy Fuels as the premier pure-play U.S. uranium company, supported by significant current uranium production of 1.175 million lbs. for its current fiscal year, as well as a robust pipeline of development projects. The U.S. remains the largest consumer of uranium globally, yet it is heavily reliant on imported uranium for over 90% of its supply requirements. Energy Fuels is well-positioned as a large, reliable source of uranium supply within the U.S., currently accounting for over 25% of estimated U.S. production.
Stephen Antony, President and CEO of Energy Fuels commented, "It is rare to find an acquisition that offers the magnitude of synergies that we believe exist between Energy Fuels and Strathmore. I am very excited about the merits of this transaction and the opportunity it represents for the shareholders of both companies. It is consistent with our corporate strategy and significantly strengthens the company's long- term production profile throughout the Four Corners region of the southwest U.S. and in Wyoming. Strathmore is recognized for building a quality portfolio of U.S. uranium projects, and I look forward to working with them and their partners to realize the many synergies and to capitalize on the strengths that are created by this transaction."
David Miller, Strathmore's CEO continued, "We are excited to enter this transaction with Energy Fuels, which represents a strong fit with Strathmore's asset base and a significant step forward in both the near- term and long-term development of our U.S. uranium portfolio. We evaluated this transaction extensively and believe the synergies between Energy Fuels and Strathmore are substantial. We look forward to the completion of this transaction which we expect will contribute to our shared goal of becoming the dominant uranium producer in the United States, and ultimately create significant value for our shareholders."
Energy Fuels and Strathmore believe the Transaction will result in significant value creation for the shareholders of both companies through numerous synergies.
Energy Fuels' White Mesa Mill and Strathmore's Roca Honda Project
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