Hudson Resources Inc.
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Hudson Resources Inc.

December 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Hudson Reports Robust Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) For the Sarfartoq Rare Earth Project in Greenland

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2011) - HUDSON RESOURCES INC. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:HUD)(OTCQX:HUDRF) is pleased to announce the results of the Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA" or "Study") completed by Wardrop, A Tetra Tech Company (Tetra Tech) on the Sarfartoq rare earth project in Greenland. This study was based solely on the NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate released on January 4, 2011, which defined an inferred resource of 14.1M tonnes averaging 1.51% total rare earth oxides (TREO) for the ST1 Zone and does not incorporate 2011 drill results.

Highlights of the Study include:

  • Net Present Value of $616M at a 10% discount rate, pre-tax

  • Internal rate of return (IRR) of 31.2% and a 2.7 year payback with a 21 year mine life

  • Capital costs of $343 million which includes a contingency of $60M, for a 2,000 tonne per day open-pit mine and processing facility

  • Operating costs of $105 per tonne to produce an REO carbonate concentrate

  • Rare earth oxide prices of $32/kg were utilized, based on the three-year trailing FOB China average price as of October 2011, which were discounted by 43% to reflect the difference between rare earth carbonate concentrate and separated individual rare earth oxide prices. The price of $32/kg is a 74% discount to October 2011 FOB Spot prices

  • Annual rare earth carbonate concentrate production of 6,500 tonnes

  • The proposed metallurgical flowsheet includes bastnaesite and monazite flotation, leaching, acid bake solvent extraction and precipitation to produce a 42-45% REO carbonate product. An overall recovery rate of 64% was used for the study

James Tuer, Hudson's President, stated, "We are very pleased with the results of the PEA which demonstrate the robust economics of the project. Having the project located adjacent to tidewater provides significant economic benefits in both capital and operating costs. Looking ahead, we expect to have an updated resource estimate completed in early 2012, which will incorporate all of the 2011 drill results which includes dozens of high-grade sections from 2.0% to 6.5% TREO. We plan to update the PEA with the results of the updated resource estimate in early 2012. As the project economics are quite sensitive to grade, we are optimistic that higher project valuations will be reported in the updated PEA.

"Our plans for 2012 include the commencement of a prefeasibility study and an extensive drill program which will further delineate the high grade zones we encountered in 2011 as we well as other prospective targets that have been identified around the 32 km circumference of the Sarfartoq Carbonatite Complex. With current working capital of $12.5M, we anticipate accomplishing our entire 2012 program with our current treasury."

The following table presents a list of the Project parameters and assumptions derived from the PEA and cash flow model.

MINING
Mineralized material mined 14,303,139 mt
Waste mined 140,605,204 mt
Total mined 154,908,343 mt
Strip ratio 9.83
PROCESSING
Run-of-Mine Feed 2,000 t/d
Mining recovery 95 %
Mining dilution 5 %
RESOURCE GRADE OF TREO 1.51 %
RECOVERIES
Overall Recovery 64 % Base case
TOTAL TREO OXIDES IN CONCENTRATE 132,544 t
RE OXIDE PRICES (FOB CHINA)
La2O3 $41.6 3 year Average US$/kg
Ce2O3 $39.4 3 year Average US$/kg
Pr2O3 $76.9 3 year Average US$/kg
Nd2O3 $88.3 3 year Average US$/kg
Sm2O3 $37.1 3 year Average US$/kg
Eu2O3 $1,134.1 3 year Average US$/kg
Gd2O3 $53.0 3 year Average US$/kg
Tb2O3 $963.3 3 year Average US$/kg
Dy2O3 $512.0 3 year Average US$/kg
Y2O3 $54.4 3 year Average US$/kg
SARFARTOQ TREO DISTRIBUTION (AS PER INFERRED RESOURCE)
La2O3 21.0 %
Ce2O3 50.0 %
Pr2O3 5.8 %
Nd2O3 19.1 %
Sm2O3 1.9 %
Eu2O3 0.4 %
Gd2O3 1.4 %
Tb2O3 - %
Dy2O3 0.1 %
Y2O3 0.3 %
TREO 100.0 %
TREO - Calculated Contained Oxides $56.4 US$/kg
TREO - Base Case $32.0 US$/kg
Discount to account for REO carbonate product 43 %
GROSS OXIDE VALUES TREO $4,241,409,596 US$
EXCHANGE RATE US$/CAN$ 1.009 CAN$
NET REVENUE (CAN $) $4,279,582,283 CAN$
OPERATING COSTS (per t milled material)
Mining $35.91 CAN$/t
Processing $63.04 CAN$/t
G & A $1.75 CAN$/t
Sustaining Capital $2.68 CAN$/t
Salvage ($0.09) CAN$/t
Mine Closure and reclamation $0.14 CAN$/t
Operating Capital $1.34 CAN$/t
Supplies and Materials Transportation $0.05 CAN$/t
Material Transport from Mine to Mill (Conveying) $0.50 CAN$/t
TOTAL OPERATING COST $105.32 CAN$/t
CAPITAL COSTS
DIRECT COSTS
Site Development $38,663,000 CAN$
Site Utilities $5,978,077 CAN$
Tailings Management Facilities $3,783,400 CAN$
Open Pit Mining $24,133,000 CAN$
Material Processing Facilities $96,220,969 CAN$
Hydro metallurgical Plant $41,195,601 CAN$
Non-Process Buildings $9,885,001 CAN$
SubTotal Direct Costs $219,859,048 CAN$
INDIRECT COSTS
Indirect Construction Costs $12,962,500 CAN$
Owner's Costs $8,267,500 CAN$
Contingency $60,372,262 CAN$
EPCM $41,053,138 CAN$
SubTotal Indirect Costs $122,655,400 CAN$
TOTAL CAPITAL COST $342,514,448 CAN$

The financial model cash flow and net present value for various discount rates are shown below.

PRE-TAX CASH FLOW
Net Revenue $4,279,582,283 CAN$
Operating Cost $1,515,316,566 CAN$
Capital Costs $342,514,448 CAN$
TOTAL PRE-TAX CASH FLOW $2,764,265,717 CAN$
PAYBACK Year 3
PRE-TAX & PRE FINANCE NPV @ 6% $1,038,161,293 CAN$
PRE-TAX & PRE FINANCE NPV @ 8% $797,700,033 CAN$
PRE-TAX & PRE FINANCE NPV @ 10% $616,448,196 CAN$ Base Case
PRE-TAX & PRE FINANCE NPV @ 12% $477,834,034 CAN$
PRE-TAX & PRE FINANCE NPV @ 15% $325,688,225 CAN$
PROJECT INTERNAL RATE OF RETURN (IRR) 31.17 %

All $ values are in $CAN unless otherwise specified.

Proposed Mining Plan and Processing

For the Study, Tetra Tech determined that the mining operation will use a conventional open pit mining method (truck and shovel). The mine will provide mill feed at a rate of 2,000 t/d beginning the first year of the mine life. The overall mining sequence was developed in three phases: a starter pit (Phase I) and two pushback phases (Phase II and Phase III). The mine development for the mineralized material and the waste will progress using 10m high benches. The ultimate pit design for the selected pit contains 14.3 Mt of Inferred Resource. The average in situ grades over the LOM will be 1.51% TREO.

For the purpose of this evaluation, it was assumed that the Company would produce and sell a rare earth carbonate concentrate, composed of 42% to 45% rare earth oxide. To determine a price, a notional 43% discount was used on three-year trailing average prices (October 2011). This resulted in a price of $32/kg of contained rare earth oxides. The company is planning further studies, which will investigate the costs and benefits of producing a separated oxide product.

The flowsheet utilized in the PEA, while preliminary in nature, is based on assumptions from mineralogy, and incorporates recent metallurgical testwork from the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) which demonstrated successful extraction of rare earths utilizing acid baking and leaching. Test work showed that two hours of baking, at 220°C and approximately one tonne of acid per tonne of mineralized feed (concentrate) recovers 94% of the TREO.

Sarfartoq Project Background

Hudson's Sarfartoq rare earth element project in Greenland has outlined a 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 14.1Mt at 1.5% TREO at the ST1 Zone. The ST1 Zone represents one of the industry's highest ratios of neodymium and praseodymium to TREO, totaling 25%, based on the inferred resource. The ST1 Zone contains over 40 million kilograms of neodymium oxide, which is the key component in permanent magnets and the fastest growth sector of the rare earths industry. A total 16,514m over 71 holes were drilled this year. In addition, a five tonne metallurgical sample was collected from surface at ST1.

The Sarfartoq REE project is located within 20 km of tidewater and only 60 km from Greenland's international airport. The project is owned 100% by Hudson. The Company is currently well financed with approximately $12.5 million in working capital.

According to the cautionary statement required by NI 43-101, it should be noted that this assessment is preliminary in nature as it includes inferred mineral resources that cannot be categorized as reserves at this time and as such there is no certainty that the preliminary assessment and economics will be realized. The full Study will be available at the Company's website www.hudsonresources.ca and on SEDAR www.SEDAR.com within 45 days.

Qualifications

Ms. Joanne Robinson, P.Eng., Mr. Doug Ramsey, R.P. Bio (BC), Mr. Daniel Coley, MBA, P.Eng. and Mr. Peter Broad, P.Eng. of Tetra TEch, Toronto, Ontario, were the qualified engineers responsible for the PEA study.

Ronald G. Simpson, B.Sc., P,Geo., President of Geosim Services Inc., is an independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and is responsible for the resource estimate on the ST1 Zone and has verified the data disclosed in this release.

Dr. Michael Druecker is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed the preparation of the scientific and technical information in this press release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Tuer, President

Forward-Looking Statements

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