FNX Mining Company Inc.

FNX Mining Company Inc.

February 19, 2009 09:00 ET

FNX Mining Reports Unaudited 2008 Operating Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - FNX Mining Company Inc. (TSX:FNX)("FNX" or "the Company") announces unaudited operating results for fiscal year 2008 from its 100% owned Sudbury Operations. The Company shipped a record 1,255,987 tons of ore from the Levack Complex (Levack and McCreedy West mines) and the Podolsky operations, including 573,306 tons of copper-precious metal footwall ore and 682,681 tons of nickel contact ore.

In total, the Levack Complex shipped 682,681 tons of nickel contact ore and 330,067 tons of copper-precious metal footwall ore for a total output of 1,012,748 tons in 2008. This compares to total tons shipped from the Levack Complex in 2007 of 926,881 tons of ore. The Podolsky mine shipped 243,239 tons from the copper-precious metal 2000 Deposit. Podolsky mine was not in commercial production in 2007.

Payable metals for 2008 totaled 13.1 million pounds of nickel, a record 35.2 million pounds of copper, 166,027 pounds of cobalt, 18,495 ounces of platinum, 24,182 ounces of palladium and 9,357 ounces of gold. This compares to payable metals in 2007 of 12.2 million pounds of nickel, 9.6 million pounds of copper, 157,557 pounds of cobalt, 7,855 ounces of platinum, 13,066 ounces of palladium and 3,459 ounces of gold.

The initial 2008 production plan forecast called for shipment of 1.45 million tons of ore and 15.5 million pounds of payable nickel, 44.3 million pounds of payable copper, 173,000 pounds of cobalt, 21,400 ounces of platinum, 28,900 ounces of palladium and 8,500 ounces of gold. The reduction in tons shipped and payable metal produced was due to the Company's reaction to dramatically declining commodity prices during the year, which resulted in lower production at the Levack Mine and ultimately the suspension of nickel ore mining late in 2008.

Operating results for 2008 exclude the proceeds from a 10,683 ton pre-production bulk sample removed from the Levack Footwall Deposit ("LFD") via the 4000 Level crosscut from the Craig Mine early in 2008 and sent to a custom mill for processing. Net proceeds from the LFD bulk sample were credited against the LFD capital.

Guidance for 2009 production and capital expenditures from FNX's Sudbury operations was provided in a news release dated February 6, 2009.

Forth Quarter 2008 Unaudited Financial Results and Conference Call

Fourth quarter 2008 unaudited financial results will be released before market opening on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 and a conference call to discuss the results will be held at 10:00 am Eastern Time on the same day.

Details of the conference call are:

Live in North America: 416-641-6136
Toll-Free Access: 1-866-223-7781
Ask for "FNX Mining Conference Call"

Replay Access information:
Toll-Free Access: 1-800-408-3053 or 416-695-5800
Passcode: 3283162#
Available until April 13, 2009 at Midnight

Slides for the conference call may be accessed March 11, 2009 on FNX's website at www.fnxmining.com. There will be no transcript of the conference call available.

Forward-Looking Statement

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company's ability to control or predict which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. In this news release, statements about ore and payable metal production are unaudited. Therefore they are subject to possible adjustments during final audit and are examples of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances, except where required by securities regulations. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • FNX Mining Company Inc.
    Terry MacGibbon
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 628-5929
    FNX Mining Company Inc.
    David Constable
    Vice President Investor Relations
    (416) 628-5929
    Email: info@fnxmining.com
    Website: www.fnxmining.com