Molycorp Announces Proposed Offerings of Convertible Senior Notes and Common Stock

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--()--Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) today announced that it intends to offer and sell, subject to market and other conditions, $300 million aggregate principal amount (or up to an aggregate of $345 million aggregate principal amount if the underwriters of such offering exercise their over-allotment option in full) of its Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 (the “Notes”) (the “Notes Offering”) and $150 million of its common stock (the “Common Stock”) (or up to an aggregate of $172.5 million of Common Stock if Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“Morgan Stanley”), the underwriter of such offering, exercises its option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock in full) (the “Primary Shares Offering”) in separate registered public offerings.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds received from the Notes Offering and the Primary Shares Offering to fund operating expenses, working capital, capital expenditures and any other cash requirements for the remainder of 2012 and the first six months of 2013, including without limitation, capital expenditures at its Mountain Pass facility and other capital projects, as well as other cash requirements, such as cash payments in August 2012 to certain holders of the 5% subordinated unsecured convertible debentures of Molycorp Canada, the Company’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary.

Concurrently with the Notes Offering and the Primary Shares Offering, the Company intends to lend to Morgan Stanley Capital Services LLC (“MSCS”), an affiliate of Morgan Stanley, under a share lending agreement it expects to enter into with MSCS, up to $138 million of Common Stock (the “Borrowed Shares”), which Borrowed Shares the Company intends to offer through Morgan Stanley (the “Borrowed Shares Offering”) in a registered public offering. The Company is entering into the share lending agreement to facilitate the Notes Offering. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Borrowed Shares Offering, but the Company will receive a nominal lending fee from MSCS for the use of the Borrowed Shares, which the Company intends to use for general corporate purposes.

The Borrowed Shares Offering is contingent upon the successful completion of the Notes Offering, and the Notes Offering is contingent upon the successful completion of the Borrowed Shares Offering. However, the Primary Shares Offering is not contingent upon the successful completion of either the Notes Offering or the Borrowed Shares Offering, and the Notes Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering are not contingent upon the successful completion of the Primary Shares Offering.

Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (“Credit Suisse”) will act as joint bookrunners for the Notes Offering, and Morgan Stanley will act as sole bookrunner for each of the Primary Shares Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering.

Each of the Notes Offering, the Primary Shares Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering may be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and an accompanying prospectus. When available, copies of a preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the Notes offering may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10014 (email address: prospectus@morganstanley.com) or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010, e-mail: newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com or toll free at (800) 221-1037 and, when available, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the Primary Shares Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10014 (email address: prospectus@morganstanley.com).

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Notes, the Common Stock or any other securities, nor will there be any sale of the Notes, the Common Stock or any other securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is effective.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release regarding Molycorp's current expectations and beliefs as to the consummation of the Notes Offering, the Primary Shares Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering, as well as other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management's judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. All information set forth in this release is as of August 16, 2012. Molycorp does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances. Risk factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include, among others, our ability to successfully complete the proposed Notes Offering, Primary Shares Offering and Borrowed Shares Offering. Information about certain other potential factors that could affect our business and financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements are included from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Part II, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Molycorp has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offerings to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents Molycorp has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Molycorp and these offerings. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the issuer, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offerings will arrange to send you the prospectus for each offering if you request it by calling Morgan Stanley at 1-866-718-1649 (with respect to the Notes Offering, the Primary Shares Offering and the Borrowed Shares Offering) or Credit Suisse at 1-800-221-1037 (with respect to the Notes Offering).

Contacts

Molycorp, Inc.
Jim Sims, +1 303-843-8062
Vice President Corporate Communications
Jim.Sims@Molycorp.com
or
Brian Blackman, +1 303-843-8067
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Brian.Blackman@Molycorp.com

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Contacts

Molycorp, Inc.
Jim Sims, +1 303-843-8062
Vice President Corporate Communications
Jim.Sims@Molycorp.com
or
Brian Blackman, +1 303-843-8067
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Brian.Blackman@Molycorp.com