All dollar amounts stated below are in United States dollars.
Nine Months Ended March 31, 2011 Financial Highlights:
During the nine months ended March 31, 2011, $5,677,048 (2010 – $2,007,676) was spent on the Bear Lodge Rare-Earth Project and $1,021,285 (2010 – $nil) was spent on the Sundance Gold Project. Both projects are located on the same property position.
Administrative expenditures, excluding the non-cash share-based payments amounted to $1,392,410 (2010 – $920,516) for the period, up 51% compared to the same period last year.
Loss for the period was $4,483,587 (2010 – $1,477,745) or $0.12 per share (2010 – $0.04), up 203% from the same period in the prior year due to non-cash share-based payments.
Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2011 were $73,523,043 (June 30, 2010 – $11,460,476), reflecting the $57.5 million financing completed in December, 2010.
The geological team completed its 2010 rare-earth drilling and exploration program on the Bear Lodge property in November, 2010 and announced the final REE assay results on April 6, 2011. The complete results from the 2010 drilling program will be incorporated into an updated NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate scheduled for release during the second quarter of 2011. The goal for these drill-hole results is to upgrade a portion of the REE resources from the inferred category to measured and indicated and to expand the resources.
The Company completed the NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Analysis of the Bear Lodge REE deposit (the "Technical Report") as announced on September 28, 2010 which shows that the project has an IRR of approximately 40% using historical REO concentrate prices, which have recently increased by approximately 700%. The Technical Report was prepared by independent consultant, John T. Boyd Company with the assistance of consultants Mountain States R&D International and Ore Reserves Engineering. This press release highlights some of the information contained in the Technical Report released on November 9, 2010 and for investors to fully understand the information in this press release, they should read the Technical Report in its entirety, including all qualifications, assumptions and exclusions that relate to the information set out in this press release.
The Company announced its first NI 43-101-compliant inferred mineral resource estimate for the 100% owned Sundance gold project in the Bear Lodge Mountains on March 15, 2011.
Rare Element listed its common shares on the NYSE-Amex Stock Exchange under the symbol "REE" in August, 2010.
Rare Element currently has 43,871,173 common shares outstanding, and 47,493,463 common shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Rare Element currently has approximately US$73 million in cash and no debt.
The unaudited financial statements and management discussion and analysis are available through the Canadian securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com, and with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. They are also available on the Company’s website at www.rareelementresources.com. Hard copies of the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and notes are available, free of charge, to shareholders upon written request.
Transition to U.S. Domestic Issuer Reporting:
Effective July 1, 2011, the Company will begin filing reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") as a U.S. "domestic issuer", as it is no longer a "foreign private issuer" under the applicable rules of the SEC. As a domestic issuer under U.S. securities laws, the Company will be required to file periodic reports and registration statements on U.S. domestic issuer forms with the SEC, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. In addition, the Company will be required to file financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, beginning with the financial statements for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2011 (and comparative periods).
Rare Element Resources Ltd (TSX-V: RES & NYSE-Amex: REE) is a publicly traded mineral resource company focused on exploration and development of rare-earth elements and gold on the Bear Lodge property.
Rare-earth elements are key components of the green energy technologies and other high-technology applications. Some of the major applications include hybrid automobiles, plug-in electric automobiles, advanced wind turbines, computer hard drives, compact fluorescent light bulbs, metal alloys, additives in ceramics and glass, petroleum cracking catalysts, and a number of critical military applications. China currently produces more than 95% of the 130,000 metric tonnes of rare-earths consumed annually worldwide, and China has been reducing its exports of rare earths each year. The rare-earth market is growing rapidly, and is projected to accelerate if the green technologies are implemented on a broad scale.