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Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2011 | About:
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Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (TC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. has a market cap of $2.21 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.47 with a P/E ratio of 13.1 and P/S ratio of 5.9. Hedge Fund Gurus that owns TC: Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns TC: David Dreman of Dreman Value Management, NWQ Managers of NWQ Investment Management Co.

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Among TCM's principal assets are its ore reserves. At December 31, 2010, consolidated proven and probable reserves for the TC Mine and for TCM's 75% joint venture interest in the Endako Mine totaled 462.2 million pounds of contained molybdenum, with 53.6% of these reserves from the TC Mine and 46.4% from TCM's joint venture interest in the Endako Mine. The consolidated proven and probable reserves estimates for the TC Mine were prepared by the TC Mine staff and verified by Independent Mining Consultants, Inc. ("IMC") using a cut-off grade of 0.030% molybdenum ("Mo"). The consolidated proven and probable reserves estimates for the Endako Mine were prepared by the Endako Mine staff using cut-off grades varying by year from 0.045 to 0.030% molybdenum disulfide ("MoS2"). At December 31, 2010, consolidated proven and probable reserves for Mt. Milligan totaled 2.1 billion pounds of contained copper and 6 million ounces of contained gold. The ore reserve estimates for Mt. Milligan were prepared by IMC. The open pit was optimized at a $3.72/ton net smelter return cut-off value and incorporates costs for milling, plant services, tailing services and general and administrative charges and at $1.60/lb copper, $690/oz gold and 0.85 US$/C$ exchange rate. Please refer to Glossary of Terms below.

On October 26, 2006, TCM acquired (the "Thompson Creek Acquisition") Thompson Creek Metals Company USA ("Thompson Creek USA"). The purchase price consisted of $575 million paid on closing, $61.5 million paid subsequent to the collection of certain receivables and a $100 million contingent payment made in January 2008.

TCM funded the Thompson Creek Acquisition and related transaction costs through a $203 million public equity offering consisting of the issuance of 41.9 million common shares and 20.9 million warrants, a $35 million equity sale to one of the vendors of Thompson Creek USA, a $402 million term debt facility and a $25 million revolving line of credit. The term loan was repaid in full in June 2008. The revolving line of credit was voluntarily terminated by TCM effective February 2, 2010. The assets acquired by TCM included the TC Mine, a 75% interest in the Endako Mine and the Langeloth Facility.

On June 5, 2008, TCM completed an equity financing for aggregate gross proceeds of C$215 million, issuing 10 million common shares at a price of C$21.50 per share. TCM used the net proceeds of the financing, together with cash on hand, to repay the term loan as noted above. On June 27, 2008, TCM completed the sale of an additional 914,700 common shares at C$21.50 per share following the exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option granted in connection with the equity financing for additional gross proceeds of approximately C$19 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2010, TCM entered into a $290.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the "Credit Facility"). Up to $100.0 million of the Credit Facility is available for letters of credit, and up to $30.0 million will be available for swingline loans. The Credit Facility will terminate and all amounts outstanding are due and payable on December 10, 2014. TCM can prepay amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility at any time, and the Credit Facility can be voluntarily terminated at any time prior to the December 10, 2014 maturity date without premium or penalty. Borrowings

In September 2005, TCM entered into a sales agreement with respect to the TC Mine, which took effect on January 1, 2008, pursuant to which TCM agreed to sell a maximum of four million pounds of technical grade molybdic oxide from Phase 6 of the TC Mine (the "Product"), with a cap of one million pounds a year, at a price of not less than $4.50 per pound and not more than $7.50 per pound of molybdenum derived from the Product. Also in September 2005, TCM agreed with the same party to sell the balance between 10% of Phase 6 production and the four million pounds, estimated to be another four million pounds of molybdenum, at prices to be determined at approximately a 10% discount to the market price of molybdenum at the time of shipment with a minimum price of $4.50 per pound of molybdenum. This agreement took effect in early 2007 and is expected to be fulfilled in early 2012.

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