GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), the Western hemisphere's only producer of rare earth oxides, today announced that it has priced a $180 million offering of 5.50% mandatory convertible preferred stock by the Company. The mandatory convertible preferred stock offering consists of 1,800,000 shares of preferred stock with a liquidation preference of $100 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 270,000 shares of preferred stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The mandatory convertible preferred stock offering is expected to close on February 16, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.
Unless converted earlier at the option of a holder, the mandatory convertible preferred stock will convert automatically into a variable number of shares of Molycorp common stock on March 1, 2014. The mandatory convertible preferred stock will pay cumulative dividends at a rate of 5.50% per annum on the liquidation preference of $100 per share, if declared by the board, payable quarterly in arrears in cash or, subject to certain limitations, in shares of common stock or in any combination of cash and common stock.
The Company also announced that it has priced the secondary offering of 13,500,000 shares of common stock by its selling stockholders at a price per share of $50.00. The selling stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The secondary common stock offering is expected to close on February 16, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.
Molycorp expects to use the net proceeds from the mandatory convertible preferred stock offering to fund its original Phase 1 production capacity plan as well as its Phase 2 expansion plan that is expected to give Molycorp the ability to produce at an annual rate of up to approximately 40,000 metric tons of rare earth oxide (REO) per year at its Mountain Pass, California Rare Earth Facility by the end of 2013. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of common stock in the secondary offering.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated will act as joint book-running managers for the offerings. Each of the offerings will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the prospectus relating to each of the offerings may be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717; or from Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014 (1-866-718-1649, email address: email@example.com).
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Colorado-based Molycorp, Inc. is the only REO producer in the Western Hemisphere and currently produces approximately 3,000 metric tons of commercial rare earth materials per year. Following the execution of Molycorp's "mine-to-magnets" strategy and the expected 2012 completion of Phase 1 of its modernization and expansion efforts at its Mountain Pass, California processing facility, Molycorp expects to produce at a rate of approximately 19,050 metric tons of REO equivalent per year. The Company expects to achieve an annual production capacity by the end of 2013 of approximately 40,000 metric tons of REO equivalent per year after the completion of Phase 2. Molycorp intends to provide to the market a range of rare earth products, including high-purity oxides, metals, alloys, and permanent magnets.
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