With the repayment of the Note, enCore has fully eliminated its remaining debt that resulted from the 2023 US $120 million acquisition of the Alta Mesa Project, which was purchased for US $60 million cash and a US $60 million convertible note.
Pursuant to the conversion of the Note, the Company issued 6,872,143 common shares to the holder.
The Company previously repaid US $40 million of the Note in 2023 (EU NR November 14, 2023), and as a result of the conversion, all obligations under the Note have now been satisfied in full.
William M. Sheriff, Executive Chairman, stated: “Starting in the early fall of 2023, the Company has seen a profound transition going from a company with US $60 million in debt and no revenue, to what is projected to be a company with US $70 million in cash, no debt and two projects in production within the next few months; following the completion of the previously announced Boss Energy transaction and planned production having commenced at the Alta Mesa Project.
We look forward to a year of continuing opportunities and progress as the only company in the United States with two operating uranium plants supplying the essential material to fuel domestic nuclear energy.”
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Alta Mesa In-Situ Recovery (ISR) Uranium Central Processing Plant (“Alta Mesa”) & Wellfield
The Alta Mesa CPP and Wellfield hosts a fully licensed and constructed In-Situ Recovery (“ISR”) uranium plant, located on 200,000+ acres of private land in the state of Texas.
Alta Mesa will be enCore’s second producing location and work continues to complete the pending joint venture (“JV”) transaction with Boss Energy (December 6, 2023) whereby Boss Energy will acquire a 30% interest in the enCore managed JV for consideration of $60 million USD and a placement into enCore shares of $10 million USD.
Total operating capacity at the Alta Mesa CPP is 1.5 million lbs. U3O8 (uranium) per year. The Alta Mesa CPP historically produced nearly 5 million lbs. U3O8 between 2005 and 2013, when full production was curtailed as a result of low uranium prices.
enCore has met most of the key objectives for the refurbishment of the processing circuits necessary for the planned early 2024 restart.
The yellowcake drying circuit upgrades are advancing with the filter press support infrastructure on site. Refurbishment and testing of the yellowcake drying system is progressing with that work scheduled to be completed just prior to the anticipated production restart timelines.
Within Production Authorization Area 7 (PAA-7), enCore is installing injection and production wells in the wellfield, has completed installation of the electrical transmission lines necessary for initial start-up and is continuing to install the pipelines to connect the wellfield to the Alta Mesa CPP.
All necessary equipment for the start-up of production in the PAA-7 wellfield has been received or has been ordered with a confirmed delivery schedule.
1,2 Represents that portion of the in-place mineral resource that are estimated to be recoverable within existing wellfields. Wellfield recovery factors have not been applied to indicated and inferred mineral resources. As reported in the NI-43-101 Technical Report Summary for the Alta Mesa Uranium Project, Brooks and Jim Hogg Counties, Texas, USA completed by Doug Beahm, PE, PG, of BRS Engineering. (Effective January 19, 2023).
The Company advises that it is not basing its production decisions at Alta Mesa CPP or Rosita CPP on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability. The production decision is based on known past In-Situ Recovery (ISR) and processing operations at these two production facilities and surrounding lands.
The Company has determined to proceed with a production decision based on past operations at the Alta Mesa CPP and Rosita CPP, including past ISR operations in the known mineral resource areas.
John M. Seeley, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G., enCore’s Manager of Geology and Exploration, and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure in this news release on behalf of the Company.
About enCore Energy Corp.
enCore Energy Corp., America’s Clean Energy Company™, is committed to providing clean, reliable, and affordable domestic nuclear energy as the newest uranium producer in the United States.
Uranium production commenced at enCore’s licensed and past-producing South Texas Rosita Central Processing Plant (“CPP”) in November 2023 with work underway for a planned 2024 restart of uranium production at its licensed and past-producing South Texas Alta Mesa CPP. enCore solely utilizes In-Situ Recovery (“ISR”) for uranium extraction, a well-known and proven technology co-developed by the leaders at enCore Energy.
In-Situ Recovery extracts uranium in a non-invasive process using natural groundwater and oxygen, coupled with a proven ion exchange process, to recover the uranium. The enCore team is led by industry experts with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of ISR uranium operations and the nuclear fuel cycle.
Future projects in enCore’s production pipeline include the Dewey-Burdock project in South Dakota and the Gas Hills project in Wyoming, along with significant uranium resource endowments in New Mexico providing long term opportunities.
enCore diligently works to realize value from other owned assets, including our proprietary uranium database that includes technical information from many past producing companies, from our various non-core assets, and by leveraging our ISR expertise in researching opportunities that support the use of this technology as applied to other metals.