Prophecy Coal Releases Q1-2011 Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(June 23, 2011) - Prophecy Coal Corp. ("Prophecy" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PCY)(OTCQX:PRPCF)(FRANKFURT:1P2) has filed today its interim financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. The interim condensed financial statements and accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") are available on the Company's website at www.prophecycoal.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Highlights for the quarter include:

  • In January 2011, the Company and Pacific Coast Nickel Corp. ("PCNC") entered into an agreement ("Arrangement") whereby PCNC will acquire Prophecy's Nickel PGM projects (Lynn Lake and Wellgreen) by issuing 450 million common shares to the Company. The transaction closed on June 13, 2011 (see below).
  • In January 2011, the Company repaid its $5 million debt facility. The Company is currently debt free.
  • In March 2011, the Company obtained from the Mongolian government a full mining license for its 141 million tonne coal deposit on its Chandgana Tal coal property in Mongolia.
  • The Company completed the quarter with $19.7 million in cash and net working capital of $26.5 million.

Subsequent to quarter-end:

  • In April 2011, the Company submitted a formal request to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Mongolia to build the Chandgana Power Plant.
  • In May 2011, the Company announced the appointment of Mr. David Jan as the Company's Chief Financial Officer.
  • In June 2011, the Arrangement with PCNC was concluded. After a stock dividend to Prophecy shareholders and the placement of other shares in escrow for current option and warrant holders, Prophecy will own 44.5% of outstanding common shares and 42.5% of fully diluted common shares of PCNC. Prophecy's Lynn Lake and Wellgreen nickel properties were sold to PCNC. In connection with the Arrangement, shareholders of Prophecy also approved a change of name to "Prophecy Coal Corp.", and shareholders of PCNC also approved a 10:1 share consolidation.
  • In June 2011, the Company announced it had secured port allocation at the Port of Sovgavan, Russia of 300,000 tonnes per year, with the potential to grow to 600,000 tonnes per year, for shipping coal from the Ulaan Ovoo mine to potential offshore customers in China, South Korea and Japan.

During the first quarter of 2011, Prophecy incurred a loss of $2,555,772 or $0.02 per share, compared to a net loss of $423,000 or $0.01 per share in the same quarter a year ago. The increase in net loss is primarily due to increased activities as a larger company after the acquisition of Prophecy Holdings Inc and Northern Platinum Ltd.

Selected financial information

C$ 000's
As at March 31, 2011 As at December 31, 2010
Working capital (1) 26,462 35,812
Total Assets 107,220 110,184
Total Equity 105,918 102,739
  (1) Working capital = current assets less current liabilities


Operational Highlights:

Ulaan Ovoo coal mine: Since the mine commenced operations November 2011, it has removed over 1.5 million bank-cubic-metres of waste in producing nearly 230,000 tonnes of thermal coal. The Company also trucked approximately 20,000 tonnes of coal to the stock yard at the Sukhbataar rail station, ready for export shipping. The Company is working with its mining contractor to optimize mine plans for 2011.

Chandgana Power Plant Project: the Company continues to make progress in the development of the Power Plant at Chandgana. During the first quarter of 2011, the Company received a mining license for 141 million tonnes of coal. Subsequent to quarter-end, Prophecy submitted a feasibility study to the Mongolian Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy for approval. The Company expects to receive approval for the power plant permit late in the third quarter 2011. Meanwhile, the Company has commissioned a bankable feasibility study and also commenced discussions with several international investment bankers for power plant financing.

John Lee, Chairman of Prophecy Coal, states, "The Company continues to make progress on several fronts. Mining at Ulaan Ovoo is progressing well as are the discussions on the mine's coal off-take agreements. Meanwhile, we continue to make significant progress towards developing the Company's flagship operation, the Chandgana Power Plant. And lastly, the spinout of the Company's nickel and PGM assets allows Prophecy to become a company purely focused on its Mongolian coal assets. The company ends the quarter with over $100 million in total assets on the balance sheet."

The Company also wishes to announce the resignation of John McGoran, P.Geo from the board of directors. With the spin-out of the Canadian nickel and PGM assets completed, Mr. McGoran has joined the board of Prophecy Platinum Corp (formerly PCNC). The Company would like to thank Mr. McGoran for his service and expects that his guidance will be a key element in the growth of Prophecy Platinum.

About Prophecy Coal

Prophecy Coal Corp. (formerly Prophecy Resource Corp) is a Mongolian coal company engaged in developing energy projects. The company controls over 1.4 billion tonnes of surface minable thermal coal resources on two coal properties in Mongolia. Prophecy Coal's Ulaan Ovoo thermal coal mine is in preproduction and its Chandgana mine mouth power plant is currently being permitted. Prophecy Coal also owns equity stakes in Prophecy Platinum Corp., Victory Nickel Inc. and Compliance Energy Corp. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Further information can be found at www.prophecycoal.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Prophecy Coal Corp.

John Lee, Chairman

For more information about Prophecy, please contact:
David Jan
Chief Financial Officer
1-800-358-5865
[email protected]



Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.  


Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.  

 Forward Looking Statements: This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, statements potential mineralization, the estimation of mineral resources, the realization of mineral resource estimates, interpretation of prior exploration and potential exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, permitting time lines, metal prices and currency exchange rates, availability of capital, government regulation of exploration operations, environmental risks, reclamation, title, and future plans and objectives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. . Although Prophecy believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to obtain necessary approvals in respect of the Transaction, unsuccessful exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, risks associated with operating in foreign jurisdictions, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the companies with securities regulators. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral exploration and development of mines is an inherently risky business. Accordingly the actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Prophecy and the risks and challenges of their businesses, investors should review their annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

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This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any of the securities in the United States.  The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“the U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities law and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

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*Ulaan Ovoo: 174 million tonnes  of measured and 34 million tonnes of indicated coal. Ulaan Ovoo’s resource numbers are from the Behre Dolbear & Company (USA), Inc  report referenced in the Dec 2010, 43-101 Prefeasibility Study by Wardrop Engineering. Chandgana consists of two properties-Chandgana Tal and Chandgana Khavtgai. Chandgana Tal consists of 141 mt of measured resource. Chandgana Khavtgai consists of 509 mt measured and 539 mt indicated resource. Chandgana Khavtgai’s resource estimates are based on the September 2010 NI 43-101 Chandgana Khavtgai Technical Report by Kravits Geological Services, LLC. The report is authored by Christopher M. Kravits CPG, LPG of Kravits Geological Services, LLC., who was an independent Qualified Person under NI 43-101 at the time of report preparation. And the Chandgana Tal resource estimate is also based on the September 2007 NI 43-101 Chandgana Tal Technical Report by Behre Dolbear & Company (USA), Inc..The report is authored by Mr. Gardar G. Dahl, Jr., CPG of Behre Dolbear & Company (USA), Inc., who is an independent Qualified Person under NI 43-101.