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Thompson Creek Metals Company Reports Increase in Second Quarter 2014 Operating income of 233% and Positive Net Cash Flow

August 8, 2014



ENP Newswire - 08 August 2014

Release date- 06082014 - Denver, CO - Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., a diversified North American mining company, announced today financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.

All dollar amounts are in United States ('US') dollars unless otherwise indicated.

'We are pleased with our improving safety performance, operational results and ending cash position,' said Jacques Perron, Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Creek. 'We ended the quarter with an increase in cash from the first quarter of this year, which is another significant milestone for our Company following the completion of Mt. Milligan Mine.

During the second quarter of 2014, we continued to focus on execution at Mt. Milligan and achieved an average mill throughput of 48,065 tonnes per day for the month of June 2014 and experienced improvements in both copper and gold recoveries. Looking ahead, management will remain focused on the Mt. Milligan ramp-up. We continue to expect fluctuations in mill throughput until we consistently achieve approximately 80% of design capacity, which we expect by year-end 2014, and 100% by year-end 2015.'

Highlights for the Second Quarter 2014

Total cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2014 were $216.1 million compared to $202.7 million at March 31, 2014 and $233.9 million at December 31, 2013. Cash generated by operating activities was $50.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $45.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were $248.4 million, up from $117.8 million for the second quarter of 2013, primarily as a result of copper and gold revenue of $118.9 million from Mt. Milligan Mine. For the second quarter of 2014, the Company made three shipments of copper and gold concentrate and recorded four sales.

Sales volumes and average realized sales prices for copper and gold in the second quarter of 2014 were 21.9 million pounds of copper at an average realized price of $3.20 per pound and 51,983 ounces of gold at an average realized price of $1,047 per ounce. Molybdenum sales volumes in the second quarter of 2014 were 9.7 million pounds at an average realized price of $13.03 per pound compared to 9.7 million pounds at an average realized price of $11.60 per pound for the second quarter of 2013.

Consolidated operating income for the second quarter of 2014 was $57.3 million compared to operating income of $17.2 million for the second quarter of 2013. The increase in consolidated operating income in the second quarter of 2014 was due primarily to the addition of operating income from Mt. Milligan Mine and increased operating income from Thompson Creek Mine ('TC Mine').

Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $61.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $19.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013. The second quarter of 2014 and 2013 included non-cash foreign exchange gains of $42.3 million and foreign exchange losses of $34.8 million, respectively, primarily on intercompany notes.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $22.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $13.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 and 2013 excluded foreign exchange gains and losses, net of tax impacts, respectively.

Copper and gold payable production during the second quarter of 2014 was 16 million pounds of copper and 37,030 ounces of gold. Non-GAAP unit cash costs for copper and gold for the second quarter of 2014 were, on a by-product basis, $0.33 per pound of copper, and, on a co product basis, $1.97 per pound of copper and $538 per ounce of gold. The by-product cash cost for copper was positively impacted by gold revenues from four sales of copper and gold concentrate during the second quarter of 2014, which increased the gold by-product credits.

Timing of concentrate sales will impact the by-product cash costs for Mt. Milligan on a quarter by-quarter basis. Molybdenum production for the second quarter of 2014 was 7.5 million pounds compared to 6.5 million pounds in the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP average molybdenum cash cost per pound produced for the second quarter of 2014 was $6.25 per pound compared to $7.46 per pound in the second quarter of 2013.

Capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2014 were $26.7 million, comprised of $25.9 million for Mt. Milligan Mine and $0.8 million of other capital costs for Endako Mine, TC Mine, the Langeloth Facility and corporate combined, compared to $119.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. Total debt, including capital lease obligations, at June 30, 2014 was $983.8 million, compared to $1,012.8 million at December 31, 2013.

The Company experienced improved molybdenum production and costs for the second quarter of 2014, together with higher average realized molybdenum prices, as compared to the second quarter of 2013. As previously reported, the Company expects to put TC Mine on care and maintenance at the end of 2014, but continues to evaluate economically viable options to recommence stripping of Phase 8 and continue operations.

During the second quarter of 2014, the Company took an initial step to reduce its debt by conducting an exchange offer ('Exchange Offer') for its outstanding 6.50% Tangible Equity Units ('tMEDS'). The Exchange Offer expired on June 24, 2014, and 7,206,862 units, or 86.4%, of the tMEDS were tendered for exchange, and accepted by the Company.

In exchange for the tendered tMEDS, the Company issued 42,129,829 shares of its common stock (compared to approximately 38,829,852 shares which would have been issued with respect to such tMEDS on mandatory conversion on May 15, 2015). As a result of the tendered tMEDS, the Company extinguished $10.4 million of future cash principal and interest payments.

As of June 30, 2014, 1,133,138 tMEDS remain outstanding and will continue to be held pursuant to their original terms and conditions, including mandatory conversion on May 15, 2015. Pursuant to an effective delisting application, the tMEDS are no longer listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to assess the Company's operating performance for the reasons described further below. These measures do not have standard meanings prescribed by US GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

The presentation of these measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the results of operations as determined in accordance with US GAAP.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share-Basic and Diluted Management of the Company uses adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share-basic and diluted to evaluate the Company's operating performance and for planning and forecasting future business operations. The Company believes the use of these measures allows investors and analysts to compare results of the continuing operations of the Company to similar operating results of other mining companies, by excluding items that are considered non-core to the Company's business.

Adjusted net income (loss) represents the income (loss) prepared in accordance with US GAAP, adjusted for significant non-cash items. For the second quarter and first half of 2014 and 2013, the significant non-cash items were the non-cash gains and losses related to the impact of foreign exchange due primarily to intercompany notes, and related tax effects.

In connection with the Company's strategy to manage cash balances, fund operations and provide future tax benefits, the Company may enter into intercompany loan arrangements. At times, the loans are denominated in currencies other than the measurement currency of one of the parties. US GAAP requires that notes that are intended to be repaid should not be considered a capital contribution, and, therefore, the foreign exchange fluctuations related to these loans impact net income (loss) each period.

At each period end, the Company compares the exchange rate between the Canadian and US dollars to the exchange rate at the inception of the notes. The difference between those rates is recorded as an unrealized gain or loss on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) at each period end. As the loans between the Company and its subsidiaries are the primary driver of the Company's foreign exchange gains and losses, as discussed above, management does not consider gains or losses on foreign exchange in its evaluation of the Company's financial performance.

Management believes that presentation of the Company's non-GAAP measures excluding these gains or losses provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations.

Adjusted net income (loss) per share (basic and diluted) is calculated using adjusted net income (loss), as defined above, divided by the weighted-average basic and weighted-average diluted shares outstanding during the period as determined in accordance with US GAAP.

If the adjustments to net (loss) on a US GAAP basis result in non-GAAP adjusted net income, the Company calculates weighted-average diluted shares outstanding in accordance with US GAAP and use that to calculate adjusted net income per share-diluted. If the adjustments to net income on a US GAAP basis result in non-GAAP adjusted net (loss), the Company utilizes weighted-average basic shares outstanding to calculate adjusted net income per share-diluted, in accordance with US GAAP.

Copper and Gold Operations - Unit Cash Cost and Average Realized Price per Payable Pound or Payable Ounce Sold

Unit cash cost on a by-product and co-product basis are considered key measures in evaluating operating performance in the Company's Copper and Gold operations, as well as measures of profitability and efficiency on a consolidated basis. Although, unit cash cost on a by-product and co-product basis are not measures of financial performance, do not have standardized meaning prescribed by US GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies, management believes these non GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information to investors.

Unit cash cost on a by-product and co-product basis represent the mining, milling, on-site general and administration, truck and rail transportation, warehousing, refining and treatment, and ocean freight and insurance and exclude the effects of changes in inventory; non-cash corporate allocations; other non-cash employee benefits, such as stock-based compensation; depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion.

On a by-product basis, sales of by-product metals are deducted when computing cash costs in accordance with the cash cost standard endorsed by the World Gold Council and, previously, the Gold Institute. On a co-product basis, cash costs are allocated between copper and gold based on production. Copper production is stated in thousands of pounds. Gold production has been converted to thousands of copper equivalent (Cu eq.) pounds using the gold production for the periods presented, as well as the most recent quarterly average prices for copper and gold.

The price used for copper is the most recent quarterly average of the Metals Bulletin Daily published price for LME settlement per tonne. The price used for gold is a weighted average of the most recent quarterly average of the Metals Bulletin Daily published prices for daily average London price per ounce adjusted for the fixed price established under the Gold Stream Arrangement ($435 per oz).

Revision to By-Product Costs

During the second quarter of 2014 the Company revised the calculation of its non-GAAP unit cash cost for copper on a by-product basis for Mt. Milligan Mine. This revision in calculation had no effect on the Company's Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Condensed Statements of Operations, Condensed Statements of Cash Flow, or Condensed Statements of Shareholders' Equity for the periods impacted.

Molybdenum Operations - Cash Cost per Pound Produced, Weighted-Average Cash Cost per Pound Produced and Average Realized Sales Price per Pound Sold Cash cost per pound produced, weighted-average cash cost per pound produced and average realized sales price per pound sold are considered key measures in evaluating the Company's operating performance in its Molybdenum operations, as well as profitability and efficiency on a consolidated basis.

Although, cash cost per pound produced, weighted-average cash cost per pound produced and average realized sales price per pound sold are not measures of financial performance, do not have standardized meanings prescribed by US GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies, management believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful supplemental information to investors.

Cash cost per pound produced represents the mining, milling, on-site general and administration, transportation to Langeloth Facility, and allocation of roasting and packaging from the Langeloth Facility for molybdenum oxide and HPM produced and excludes the effects of purchase price adjustments; changes in inventory; non-cash corporate allocations; other non-cash employee benefits, such as stock based compensation and depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion.

Mining includes all stripping costs. Stripping costs that provide access to mineral reserves that will be produced in future periods are expensed as incurred under US GAAP.

The weighted-average cash cost per pound produced represents the cumulative total of the cash costs for TC Mine and Endako Mine divided by the cumulative total production from TC Mine and Endako Mine.

About Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. is a diversified North American mining company. The Company's principal operating properties are its 100%-owned Mt. Milligan Mine, an open-pit copper and gold mine and concentrator in British Columbia, its 100%-owned TC Mine, an open-pit molybdenum mine and concentrator in Idaho, its 75% joint venture interest in the Endako Mine, an open-pit molybdenum mine, concentrator and roaster in British Columbia, and the Langeloth Metallurgical Facility in Pennsylvania.

The Company's development projects include the Berg property, a copper, molybdenum, and silver exploration property located in British Columbia and the Maze Lake property, a gold exploration project located in the Kivalliq District of Nunavut, Canada. The Company's principal executive office is located in Denver, Colorado.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and applicable Canadian securities legislation. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words 'believe,' 'project,' 'expect,' 'anticipate,' 'estimate,' 'intend,' 'future,' 'plan,' 'may,' 'should,' 'will,' 'would,' 'will be,' 'will continue,' 'will likely result,' and similar expressions.

Our forward looking statements may include, without limitations, statements with respect to: future financial or operating performance of the Company or its subsidiaries and its projects; the availability of, and terms and costs related to, future borrowing, debt repayment and financing; future inventory, production, sales, cash costs, capital expenditures and exploration expenditures; expected concentrate and recovery grades; estimates of mineral reserves and resources, including estimated life-of-mine and annual production; projected timing to ramp-up to design capacity at Mt. Milligan Mine; the potential development of our development properties and future exploration at our operations; future concentrate shipment dates and sizes; future operating plans and goals and future copper, gold and molybdenum prices.

Where we express an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by those forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results and events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements can be found in the section entitled 'Risk Factors' in Thompson Creek's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Although we have attempted to identify those material factors that could cause actual results or events to differ from those described in such forward-looking statements, there may be other factors, currently unknown to us or deemed immaterial at the present time that could cause results or events to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact:

Pamela Solly

Director

Investor Relations

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc.

Tel: (303) 762-3526


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