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LITTLETON, Colo., July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ur-Energy Inc. (NYSE:URG, TSX:URE) ("Ur-Energy" or the "Company") has filed the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml and Canadian securities authorities on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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Ur-Energy Chair and CEO, Jeffrey Klenda said, "In May, our third header house in mine unit two came on line. Initial production results are encouraging and indicate that the new mine unit appears to have similar performance characteristics to our prolific first mine unit. Additionally, we are pleased that the trade action investigation was initiated following the end of the quarter. We look forward to a prompt resolution."

Lost Creek Uranium Production and Sales
Inventory, production and sales figures for the Lost Creek Project are presented in the following tables:




















Production and Production Costs


Unit


2018 Q2


2018 Q1


2017 Q4


2017 Q3


2018 YTD





















Pounds captured


lb



89,209



84,047



67,982



52,812



173,256


Ad valorem and severance tax


$000


$

133


$

179


$

160


$

119


$

312


Wellfield cash cost (1)


$000


$

516


$

671


$

686


$

743


$

1,187


Wellfield non-cash cost (2)


$000


$

400


$

403


$

575


$

730


$

803


Ad valorem and severance tax per pound captured


$/lb


$

1.49


$

2.13


$

2.35


$

2.25


$

1.80


Cash cost per pound captured


$/lb


$

5.78


$

7.98


$

10.09


$

14.07


$

6.85


Non-cash cost per pound captured


$/lb


$

4.48


$

4.79


$

8.44


$

13.82


$

4.63





















Pounds drummed


lb



74,302



79,961



60,461



48,336



154,263


Plant cash cost (3)


$000


$

1,230


$

1,226


$

1,210


$

1,120


$

2,456


Plant non-cash cost (2)


$000


$

493


$

492


$

493


$

494


$

985


Cash cost per pound drummed


$/lb


$

16.57


$

15.33


$

20.01


$

23.17


$

15.92


Non-cash cost per pound drummed


$/lb


$

6.64


$

6.15


$

8.15


$

10.20


$

6.39





















Pounds shipped to conversion facility


lb



74,416



73,515



73,367



36,797



147,931


Distribution cash cost (4)


$000


$

34


$

19


$

48


$

24


$

53


Cash cost per pound shipped


$/lb


$

0.46


$

0.26


$

0.65


$

0.65


$

0.36





















Pounds purchased


lb



100,000



370,000



-



109,000



470,000


Purchase costs


$000


$

2,225


$

9,251


$

-


$

2,196


$

11,476


Cash cost per pound purchased


$/lb


$

22.25


$

25.00


$

-


$

20.15


$

24.42





















Notes:


1

Wellfield cash costs include all wellfield operating costs. Wellfield construction and development costs, which include wellfield drilling, header houses, pipelines, power lines, roads, fences and disposal wells, are treated as development expense and are not included in wellfield operating costs.

Non-cash costs include the amortization of the investment in the mineral property acquisition costs and the depreciation of plant equipment, and the depreciation of their related asset retirement obligation costs. The expenses are calculated on a straight line basis so the expenses are typically constant for each quarter. The cost per pound from these costs will therefore typically vary based on production levels only.

Plant cash costs include all plant operating costs and site overhead costs.

Distribution cash costs include all shipping costs and costs charged by the conversion facility for weighing, sampling, assaying and storing the U3O8 prior to sale.

During the three months ended June 30, 2018, a total of 89,209 pounds of U3O8 were captured within the Lost Creek plant. 74,302 pounds were packaged in drums and 74,416 pounds of the drummed inventory were shipped to the conversion facility. We sold 100,000 pounds of purchased U3O8 during the period.




















Sales and cost of sales


Unit


2018 Q2


2018 Q1


2017 Q4


2017 Q3


2018 YTD





















Pounds sold


lb



100,000



380,000



-



289,000



480,000


U3O8 sales


$000


$

3,790


$

19,663


$

-


$

11,674


$

23,453


Average contract price


$/lb


$

37.90


$

52.50


$

-


$

40.39


$

49.39


Average spot price


$/lb


$

-


$

23.75


$

-


$

-


$

23.75


Average price per pound sold


$/lb


$

37.90


$

51.74


$

-


$

40.39


$

48.86





















U3O8 cost of sales (1)


$000


$

2,225


$

9,758


$

376


$

11,157


$

11,983


Ad valorem and severance tax cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

-


$

2.30


$

-


$

3.15


$

2.30


Cash cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

-


$

31.20


$

-


$

29.11


$

31.20


Non-cash cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

-


$

17.20


$

-


$

17.52


$

17.20


Cost per pound sold - produced


$/lb


$

-


$

50.70


$

-


$

49.78


$

50.70


Cost per pound sold - purchased


$/lb


$

22.25


$

25.00


$

-


$

20.15


$

24.42


  Average cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

22.25


$

25.68


$

-


$

38.61


$

24.96





















U3O8 gross profit


$000


$

1,565


$

9,905


$

(376)


$

517


$

11,470


Gross profit per pound sold


$/lb


$

15.65


$

26.06


$

-


$

1.78


$

23.90


Gross profit margin


%



41.3%



50.4%



0.0%



4.4%



48.9%





















Ending Inventory Balances



















Pounds



















In-process inventory


lb



43,733



28,937



26,796



22,306





Plant inventory


lb



15,391



15,504



9,043



21,948





Conversion facility inventory


lb



233,712



159,296



94,077



17,813





Total inventory


lb



292,836



203,737



129,916



62,067
























Total cost



















In-process inventory


$000


$

518


$

416


$

315


$

221





Plant inventory


$000


$

548


$

538


$

369


$

824





Conversion facility inventory


$000


$

8,738


$

6,044


$

3,831


$

675





Total inventory


$000


$

9,804


$

6,998


$

4,515


$

1,720
























Cost per pound



















In-process inventory


$/lb


$

11.84


$

14.38


$

11.76


$

9.92





Plant inventory


$/lb


$

35.61


$

34.70


$

40.81


$

37.53





Conversion facility inventory


$/lb


$

37.39


$

37.94


$

40.72


$

37.89







Note:


Cost of sales include all production costs (notes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the previous Production and Production Cost table) adjusted for changes in inventory values.

U3O8 sales of $3.8 million for 2018 Q2 were based on selling 100,000 pounds at an average price of $37.90.  The pounds were sold under term contracts and were purchased for an average price of $22.25 per pound for a total cost of sales of $2.2 million.



















Total Cost Per Pound Sold
Reconciliation 


Unit


2018 Q2


2018 Q1


2017 Q4


2017 Q3


2018 YTD



















Ad valorem & severance taxes


$000


$

133


$

179


$

160


$

119


$

312

Wellfield costs


$000


$

916


$

1,074


$

1,260


$

1,473


$

1,990

Plant and site costs


$000


$

1,723


$

1,718


$

1,703


$

1,614


$

3,441

Distribution costs


$000


$

34


$

19


$

48


$

24


$

53

Inventory change


$000


$

(2,806)


$

(2,483)


$

(2,795)


$

5,731


$

(5,289)

Cost of sales - produced


$000


$


$

507


$

376


$

8,961


$

507

Cost of sales - purchased


$000


$

2,225


$

9,251


$


$

2,196


$

11,476

Total cost of sales


$000


$

2,225


$

9,758


$

376


$

11,157


$

11,983



















Pounds sold produced


lb





10,000.00





180,000



10,000

Pounds sold purchased


lb



100,000



370,000.00





109,000



470,000

Total pounds sold


lb



100,000



380,000.00





289,000



480,000



















Average cost per pound sold - produced (1)


$/lb


$

-


$

50.70


$

-


$

49.78


$

50.70

Average cost per pound sold - purchased


$/lb


$

22.25


$

25.00


$

-


$

20.15


$

24.42

Total average cost per pound sold


$/lb


$

22.25


$

25.68


$

-


$

38.61


$

24.96



Note:


The cost per pound sold reflects both cash and non-cash costs, which are combined as cost of sales in the statement of operations included in this filing.  The cash and non-cash cost components are identified in the above inventory, production and sales table.

The cost of sales includes ad valorem and severance taxes related to the extraction of uranium, all costs of wellfield, plant and site operations including the related depreciation and amortization of capitalized assets, reclamation and mineral property costs, plus product distribution costs. These costs are also used to value inventory and the resulting inventoried cost per pound is compared to the estimated sales prices based on the contracts or spot sales anticipated for the distribution of the product. Any costs in excess of the calculated market value are charged to cost of sales.

Continuing Guidance for 2018
At the end of the second quarter of 2018, the average spot price of U3O8, as reported by Ux Consulting Company, LLC and TradeTech, LLC, was approximately $22.65 per pound. Market fundamentals have not changed sufficiently to warrant the accelerated development of MU2. We anticipate meeting our projected production level of 250,000 to 300,000 pounds drummed for the year.

Through June 30, 2018, we sold 470,000 pounds of U3O8 under term contracts at an average price of approximately $49.39 per pound and 10,000 pounds of U3O8 under a spot sale for $23.75 per pound. We purchased 470,000 pounds at an average cost of $24.42 per pound. The remaining 10,000 pounds were delivered from our produced inventory. We have no more contract sales scheduled in 2018.

The third of three planned MU2 header houses was brought into production in Q2. No additional new production areas are currently planned for the remainder of the year. Production guidance for Q3 is between 70,000 and 80,000 pounds U3O8 dried and drummed. Full year 2018 guidance, similar to 2017, estimates production of between 250,000 and 300,000 pounds, but our production rate may be adjusted based on operational matters and other indicators in the market.

As at July 26, 2018, our unrestricted cash position was $6.3 million.

About Ur-Energy
Ur-Energy is a uranium mining company operating the Lost Creek in-situ recovery uranium facility in south-central Wyoming. We have produced, packaged and shipped more than 2.4 million pounds from Lost Creek since the commencement of operations. Applications are under review by various agencies to incorporate our LC East project area into the Lost Creek permits, and we have begun to submit applications for permits and licenses to construct and operate at our Shirley Basin Project. Ur-Energy is engaged in uranium mining, recovery and processing activities, including the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of uranium mineral properties in the United States. Shares of Ur-Energy trade on the NYSE American under the symbol "URG" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "URE." Ur-Energy's corporate office is located in Littleton, Colorado; its registered office is in Ottawa, Ontario. Ur-Energy's website is www.ur-energy.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Jeffrey Klenda, Chair and CEO
866-981-4588
Jeff.Klenda@ur-energy.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws regarding events or conditions that may occur in the future (e.g., results of production, including whether mine unit two continues to perform and realize production results similar to mine unit one; timing and results of our efforts to permit future operations at LC East and Shirley Basin) and are based on current expectations that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, inherently involve a number of significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates; failure to establish estimated resources and reserves; the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates; production rates, methods and amounts varying from estimates; delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals; inflation; changes in exchange rates; fluctuations in commodity prices; delays in development and other factors described in the public filings made by the Company at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date hereof and Ur-Energy disclaims any intent or obligation to update them or revise them to reflect any change in circumstances or in management's beliefs, expectations or opinions that occur in the future.

 

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