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Grande Cache Coal Corporation Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial and Operating Results and Provides Updated Outlook for Fiscal 2012

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2012) - Grande Cache Coal Corporation (TSX: GCE) ("Grande Cache Coal" or the "Corporation") today announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2011. The Corporation's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis for its quarter ended December 31, 2011 are available at www.sedar.com and the Corporation's website at www.gccoal.com.



Highlights

-- Fiscal 2012 third quarter earnings were $4.4 million, or $0.05 per basic
share ($0.04 per diluted share) compared to earnings of $3.7 million, or
$0.04 per basic share ($0.04 per diluted share) in the comparable period
of the previous fiscal year. Profit from operations for the three months
ended December 31, 2011 was $3.5 million compared to $2.7 million from
the same period last year.

-- Third quarter clean coal production was 0.42 million tonnes,
representing a 31% increase over 0.32 million tonnes produced in the
comparable period of fiscal 2011. Total coal sold during the third
quarter was 0.42 million tonnes compared to 0.29 million tonnes in the
same period of the previous year. Metallurgical coal accounted for 86%
of the total sales volumes in the current quarter.

-- The average selling price for metallurgical coal was US$235 per tonne
during the third quarter, compared to US$189 per tonne in the comparable
period of last year. For the nine months ended December 31, 2011, the
average selling price for metallurgical coal was US$239 per tonne,
compared to US$174 per tonne in the comparable period of last year.

-- The new No. 12 South B2 underground operation commenced production
during the third quarter as planned. As expected, the No. 7 underground
operation was depleted of coal reserves in January 2012, as such all
underground equipment and personnel are being transitioned to the No. 12
South B2 underground operation.

-- In January 2012, the Corporation acquired additional coal leases from
the Government of Alberta covering over 7,000 hectares in the Smoky
River Coalfield. Evaluation of the coal resources contained within these
additional lease areas is ongoing.

-- As previously announced, on October 31, 2011 Grande Cache Coal entered
into a definitive agreement (the "Arrangement Agreement") for the
purchase of all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Corporation
at a cash price of $10.00 per common share, for a total cash
consideration of approximately $1.0 billion. The purchaser is 1629835
Alberta Ltd. (the "Purchaser"), a newly formed entity owned by Winsway
Coking Coal Holdings Limited ("Winsway") and Marubeni Corporation. The
transaction is to be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under the
Business Corporations Act (Alberta) (the "Arrangement"). The Grande
Cache Coal shareholders overwhelmingly approved the Arrangement at a
special shareholders meeting held on January 12, 2012. On February 8,
2012, the Minister of Industry, under the Investment Canada Act
(Canada), approved the Arrangement upon the basis that the Arrangement
is likely to be of net benefit to Canada. The Arrangement has now been
approved by the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, the Grande Cache Coal
shareholders and the Minister of Industry, under the Investment Canada
Act (Canada). Winsway has advised that it has received all necessary
approvals of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange required in order for the
Purchaser and Grande Cache Coal to complete the Arrangement. Winsway has
dispatched its circular to its shareholders in connection with a
shareholder meeting to be held on February 28, 2012 at which majority
shareholder approval of the Arrangement will be sought. Certain
shareholders of Winsway, who beneficially own or exercise control or
direction over approximately 51% of the ordinary shares of Winsway, have
previously entered into voting agreements with Grande Cache Coal
pursuant to which they have irrevocably agreed to, among other things,
vote their Winsway shares in favour of the Arrangement at such
shareholder meeting. The Corporation has agreed with the Purchaser to
extend the outside closing date to complete the Arrangement from
February 28, 2012 until March 6, 2012 in order to provide sufficient
time to complete the Arrangement following the Winsway shareholder
meeting. Completion of the Arrangement remains conditional on
satisfaction of certain conditions precedent to permit the Purchaser to
complete Arrangement. Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of these
conditions precedent, Grande Cache Coal anticipates that the Arrangement
will be completed on or before March 6, 2012. Further details of the
Arrangement are described in the Corporation's management information
circular dated December 12, 2011 and the Arrangement Agreement, which
are available for review at www.sedar.com under the Corporation's
profile.

Fiscal 2012 Update

-- Continued softening of steel markets has resulted in an easing in the
demand and price for metallurgical coal. Additionally, port service is
expected to be interrupted during the second half of March as the
Corporation's primary export terminal will be installing new equipment.
As a result, the Corporation is reducing its annual sales volume outlook
for fiscal 2012 to approximately 1.7 million tonnes. Achieving the
revised sales volumes is contingent upon adequate rail and port services
as well as the fulfillment of existing contracts and realization of
projected spot sales. The Corporation had previously expected annual
sales volumes to be in the range of 2.0 to 2.2 million tonnes.

-- The Corporation currently anticipates that the average unit cash cost of
sales will be $153 to $158 per tonne during fiscal 2012. The Corporation
had previously anticipated the average unit cash cost of sales would be
in the range of $132 to $137 per tonne. The increase in unit cost is due
to the reduction of anticipated annual sales volumes as well as higher
strip ratios and lower raw coal release in No. 8 pit and a lower plant
yield.

Financial Overview
As at As at
December 31 March 31
(millions of dollars) 2011 2011
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Balance Sheet
Cash and cash equivalents 25.7 17.1
Total assets 483.2 433.2
Long-term liabilities 115.3 106.8
Shareholders' equity 316.7 282.5

Three months ended Nine months ended
December 31 December 31
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(millions of dollars, except per
share amounts) 2011 2010 2011 2010
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Statement of Income and
Comprehensive Income

Revenue 93.9 50.6 276.2 200.8
Gross profit 8.9 6.3 59.2 36.1
Income and comprehensive income 4.4 3.7 29.8 21.1
Basic earnings per share 0.05 0.04 0.30 0.22
Diluted earnings per share 0.04 0.04 0.30 0.21

Three months ended Nine months ended
December 31 December 31
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2011 2010 2011 2010
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Operating results
Clean coal production (million of
tonnes) 0.42 0.32 1.28 1.01
Coal sales (million of tonnes) 0.42 0.29 1.25 1.18

Average sales price
Metallurgical coal (US$/tonne) 235 189 239 174
All coal products ($/tonne) 226 174 221 170

Average cost of sales ($/tonne)
Cost of product sold 155 114 130 98
Distribution costs 26 21 26 25
Depreciation 23 17 17 15



Revenue

The Corporation's third quarter revenue was $93.9 million, compared to $50.6 million in the same period last year. The increase in revenue was due to an increase in sales volumes from 0.29 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, to 0.42 million tonnes in the current quarter of fiscal 2012. Higher sales prices also contributed to the increase in revenue as the average selling price for all coal products during the third quarter was $226 per tonne, up from $174 per tonne in the comparable period. Metallurgical coal sales accounted for 86% of the third quarter sales volumes and realized an average price of $240 per tonne (US$235 per tonne).

Revenue was $276.2 million for the current fiscal year to date on sales of 1.25 million tonnes, up from $200.8 million on sales of 1.18 million tonnes in fiscal 2011, primarily reflecting higher coal prices in the current year. The average sales price for the fiscal year to date for all coal products was $221 per tonne, 30% higher than $170 per tonne in the same period last fiscal year. The higher price during the current fiscal year reflects an increase in contract price settlements for metallurgical coal, which are primarily being negotiated on a quarterly basis. The average selling price for metallurgical coal was $235 per tonne (US$239 per tonne) in the nine months ended December 31, 2011, compared to $179 per tonne (US$174 per tonne) in the comparable period of last year. The average Canadian dollar sales price on US dollar denominated sales was negatively affected by a stronger Canadian dollar in relation to the US dollar.

Cost of Sales

Cost of sales was $85.0 million, or $204 per tonne, in the current quarter compared to $44.3 million, or $152 per tonne, in the same period last year. The cash cost of sales during the quarter, which includes cost of product sold and distribution costs, was $181 per tonne compared to $135 per tonne in same period last fiscal year.

The unit cost of product sold was affected by lower production volumes from No. 8 pit due to high overburden waste removal, lower raw coal recovery due to a temporary thinning of the coal seams and a lower plant yield. Total overburden waste removal during the third quarter was almost double the waste removal amount in the comparable quarter, leading to a significant increase in mining costs. The main cost increases associated with the additional overburden removal related to labour, diesel fuel and operating and maintenance costs on mining equipment.

Cost of sales for the fiscal year to date was $217.0 million, or $173 per tonne, compared to $164.8 million, or $138 per tonne in the same period of last fiscal year. The cash cost of sales during the nine months ended December 31, 2011, which includes cost of product sold and distribution costs, was $156 per tonne compared to $123 per tonne in same period last fiscal year

The unit cost of product sold during the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was largely impacted by additional waste movement required to release raw coal in the surface pits and a lower plant yield. Operating costs in the current fiscal year to date included overall increases in labour, external contractor services, supplies, consumables and maintenance costs. A decrease in raw coal inventory volumes also contributed to an increase in the cost of product sold.

Other Income and Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $5.6 million during the third quarter, up from $3.7 million in the same period last year. General and administrative expenses included head office administrative and marketing charges of $3.7 million (fiscal 2011 - $2.1 million) and share-based payment expense of $1.9 million (fiscal 2011 - $1.6 million). Fiscal year to date general and administrative expenses were $14.0 million, compared to $10.0 million in the first nine months of last fiscal year and consisted of head office administrative and marketing charges of $10.0 million (fiscal 2011 - $6.2 million) and share-based payment expense of $4.0 million (fiscal 2011 - $3.8 million). The increase in general and administrative expenses for both the current quarter and year to date was largely attributable to transaction costs incurred relating to the Arrangement, including additional legal, audit and consulting fees as well as an increase in the share-based payment expense.

Finance income primarily consisted of interest earned on cash and restricted cash. Finance expenses for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2011 were $1.2 million and $3.2 million, respectively, compared to $0.8 million and $1.5 million for the comparable periods of fiscal 2011. Finance expenses mainly include accretion on restoration provisions and interest paid on finance lease obligations.

The Corporation had a net foreign exchange gain of $4.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to $3.2 million in the same period last fiscal year. In the current quarter, the Corporation recorded an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $2.3 million and $2.6 million related to the US dollar denominated finance lease obligations and foreign exchange forward contracts, respectively. In the same period of fiscal 2011, the Corporation recognized an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $2.0 million on finance lease obligations and $1.6 million related to foreign exchange forward contracts. For the current fiscal year to date, the Corporation had a net foreign exchange loss of $1.7 million, versus a $4.5 million gain in the nine months of the prior fiscal year. The net foreign exchange loss in fiscal 2012 was primarily the result of a significant strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar.

Taxes

Income tax expense was $1.9 million and $11.2 million for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2011, compared to $1.7 million and $8.3 million in the same periods of last fiscal year. The increase in income tax expense in the current fiscal year was related to higher profit before tax.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Grande Cache Coal held cash and cash equivalents of $25.7 million at December 31, 2011. During the third quarter cash and cash equivalents decreased by $13.1 million compared to $14.4 million during the same period last fiscal year. The Corporation's cash position increased by $8.6 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2012 compared to a decrease of $46.9 million in the same period last fiscal year.

Operating activities during the third quarter generated $18.7 million in cash compared to $16.8 million in the same period last fiscal year. Cash generated prior to changes in non-cash working capital was $15.4 million in the current quarter and $10.1 million during the comparable period. During the first nine months of the fiscal 2012, cash generated by operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital was $75.9 million, an increase from $51.2 million last year. Higher coal prices in the current fiscal year have resulted in higher net income, contributing to the higher cash generation from operating activities.

Financing activities resulted in a cash decrease of $4.7 million during the current quarter and $14.1 million for the year to date, compared to $3.6 million and $14.6 million in the same periods of last fiscal year. Included in financing activities were payments towards finance lease obligations of $3.8 million in the third quarter (fiscal 2011 - $4.2 million) and $11.0 million for the fiscal year to date (fiscal 2011 - $14.4 million). Also included in financing activities were interest payments, mainly on finance lease obligations and a capital loan, of $1.1 million (fiscal 2011 - $0.9 million) for the current quarter and $3.4 million (fiscal 2011 - $2.1 million) for the year to date.

Investing activities during the third quarter resulted in a cash decrease of $26.4 million, slightly more than $26.3 million in the same period of fiscal 2011. The majority of the cash decrease in both the current and prior quarter related to additions to property, plant and equipment. In the first nine months of fiscal 2012, investing activities led to a cash decrease of $63.0 million (fiscal 2011 - $78.6 million), the majority of which was due to capital expenditures of $60.7 million, which included the development of No.12 South B2 underground mine. There was also an addition to restricted cash of $2.6 million during fiscal 2012.

Grande Cache Coal has an agreement with HSBC Bank Canada to provide the Corporation with a credit facility up to $29 million and the ability to enter into foreign exchange hedging arrangements. At December 31, 2011, foreign exchange forward contracts of US$30 million remained outstanding at average rate of $0.996. These contracts settle in monthly installments of US$10 million per month, the last of which will mature in March 2012. The balance owing on the operating credit facility at December 31, 2011 was nil. The availability on the credit facility was reduced by approximately $5.5 million due to the Corporation entering into foreign exchange forward contracts.

The Corporation believes that its existing cash, cash flow from operations and its operating credit facility will be sufficient to fund ongoing working capital requirements during fiscal 2012. The Corporation expects that capital expenditures during fiscal 2012 will be funded by existing cash and cash flow from operations.

Grande Cache Coal expects that coal inventory and coal production will be sufficient to meet anticipated coal sales volumes for fiscal 2012. At December 31, 2011, the Corporation had $31.2 million in coal inventory, compared to $40.1 million at September 30, 2011.

The Corporation did not have any off-balance sheet financing structures in place at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2011, the Corporation had long term liabilities for restoration provision with a present value of $20.8 million, deferred income tax liabilities of $39.1 million and finance lease obligations of $55.4 million. Grande Cache Coal's restoration provision is covered by letters of credit totaling $15.3 million provided to the Alberta Government, which are presently secured by restricted cash.

In order to ensure the continued availability of, and access to, facilities and services to meet operational requirements, the Corporation has entered into multi-year agreements for the lease of coal properties, light vehicles, equipment and office space.



Future minimum undiscounted amounts payable by the Corporation under
contracts existing at December 31, 2011, were:

(millions of Canadian
dollars) Payments Due by Period
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Less
than 1 2-3 4-5 After
Contractual Obligations Total year years years 5 years
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Operating Leases 3.0 0.9 1.4 0.5 0.2
Finance Leases 80.6 19.7 37.0 23.9 -
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Total Contractual
Obligations 83.6 20.6 38.4 24.4 0.2

Summary of Quarterly Results
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Fiscal Fiscal Fiscal
2012 2011 2010 (1)
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(millions, except
per unit amounts) Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4
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Clean coal
production
(tonnes) 0.42 0.45 0.41 0.39 0.32 0.33 0.37 0.54
Coal sales (tonnes) 0.42 0.45 0.39 0.37 0.29 0.44 0.45 0.43

Average sales
price:
Metallurgical coal
(US$/tonne) 235 252 227 192 189 186 154 120
All coal products
(CDN$/tonne) 226 232 203 180 174 185 152 118

Cost of product
sold ($/tonne) 155 110 125 115 114 100 87 116
Distribution costs
($/tonne) 26 25 27 27 21 27 26 28
Depreciation
($/tonne) 23 15 15 17 17 15 15 15

Revenue ($) 93.9 102.6 79.7 67.3 50.6 81.2 69.0 50.7
Gross profit ($) 8.9 36.2 14.2 8.4 6.3 18.7 11.0 0.1
Income ($) 4.4 18.2 7.2 4.4 3.7 13.2 4.2 1.4
Basic earnings per
share ($) 0.05 0.19 0.07 0.04 0.04 0.14 0.04 0.01
Diluted earnings
per share ($) 0.04 0.18 0.07 0.04 0.04 0.13 0.04 0.01

(1) Fiscal 2010 financial information is presented in accordance with
Canadian GAAP as it was not required to be restated to IFRS.



Quarterly clean coal production volumes remain relatively constant during fiscal 2012 and continue to be consistently higher than production volumes from fiscal 2011. Quarterly sales volumes continued to match clean coal production volumes however higher coal prices in fiscal 2012 have led to increased revenue during recent quarters. The cost of product sold was significantly higher during the most recent quarter primarily due to a higher waste stripping ratio, lower volumes of raw coal release and a lower plant yield.

Outlook

Continued softening of steel markets has resulted in an easing in the demand and price for metallurgical coal. Additionally, port service is expected to be interrupted during the second half of March as the Corporation's primary export terminal will be installing new equipment. As a result, the Corporation is reducing its annual sales volume outlook for fiscal 2012 to approximately 1.7 million tonnes. Achieving the revised sales volumes is contingent upon adequate rail and port services as well as the fulfillment of existing contracts and realization of projected spot sales. The Corporation had previously expected annual sales volumes to be in the range of 2.0 to 2.2 million tonnes.

Industry benchmark pricing for the quarter beginning January 1, 2012 was settled at US$235 per tonne for the highest quality coking coal. Grande Cache Coal anticipates that its average metallurgical coal sales price for the fourth quarter will be in the range of US$205 to US$215 per tonne, which includes quarterly contracts, shipments contracted at annual prices and spot sales.

The Corporation currently anticipates that the average unit cash cost of sales will be $153 to $158 per tonne during fiscal 2012. The Corporation had previously anticipated the average unit cash cost of sales would be in the range of $132 to $137 per tonne. The increase in unit cost is due to the reduction of anticipated annual sales volumes as well as higher strip ratios and lower raw coal release in No. 8 pit and a lower plant yield.



Grande Cache Coal Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(Unaudited)
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December 31 March 31
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, as at) 2011 2011
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Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 25,693 $ 17,136
Restricted cash 15,483 12,908
Trade and other receivables 18,599 31,287
Inventories 40,937 34,244
Prepaid expenses and deposits 3,476 399
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104,188 95,974
Property, plant and equipment 379,015 337,240
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$ 483,203 $ 433,214
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Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 35,218 $ 29,496
Current portion of finance lease obligations 15,995 14,447
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51,213 43,943
Restoration provision 20,764 14,553
Finance lease obligations 55,416 64,390
Deferred income tax liabilities 39,097 27,834
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166,490 150,720
Equity
Share capital 200,476 199,810
Contributed surplus 12,280 8,524
Retained earnings 103,957 74,160
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316,713 282,494
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$ 483,203 $ 433,214
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Grande Cache Coal Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
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Three months ended Nine months ended
December 31 December 31
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