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Teck Resources Limited

November 17, 2015 22:24 ET

Teck Announces Dividend, $650 Million in Cost Reduction Measures

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2015) - Teck Resources Limited ("Teck", TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that it will pay an eligible dividend of $0.05 per share on its outstanding Class A common shares and Class B subordinate voting shares on December 30, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2015.

In response to persistent low commodity prices, Teck is implementing additional measures to reduce costs and conserve capital:

  • Reduction in total spending of $650 million in 2016, to be achieved through $350 million of capital spending reductions and deferrals and $300 million of operating cost savings identified as part of the 2016 operating budget.
  • Elimination of an additional 1,000 positions across Teck's global offices and operations, through a combination of layoffs and attrition. This will include a reduction in senior management positions and brings total labour force reductions over the past 18 months to approximately 2,000 positions.
  • Withdrawal of the Coal Mountain Phase 2 (CMO Phase 2) project from the Environmental Assessment process and suspension of further work on the project.

The capital reductions and deferrals described above are in comparison to preliminary 2016 capital spending plans. The 2016 capital budget is still under review and Teck will announce forecast 2016 capital spending in February 2016.

"We are implementing these additional measures to conserve capital, lower our operating costs and maintain financial flexibility in light of very difficult market conditions," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. "These steps build on our ongoing cost reduction program and I want to thank all employees for their efforts to improve efficiency and productivity, while remaining keenly focused on safety and sustainability."

The suspension of CMO Phase 2 means that mining will conclude at the existing Coal Mountain Operations in the fourth quarter of 2017. Teck will identify options between now and the end of 2017 to potentially replace the 2.25 million tonnes of annual coal production that were planned from CMO Phase 2 by optimizing production from its five other steelmaking coal mines.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information as defined in the Securities Act (Ontario). Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as "expects", "intends", "is expected", "potential" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would" "might" or "will" be taken, occur or achieved. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Teck's expectations regarding personnel reductions, capital and operating cost savings, as well as future coal production volumes and costs.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Teck to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not limited to, unplanned expenditures required as a result of regulatory requirements, premature failure of equipment or geotechnical or other natural hazards, unplanned disruptions in production or transportation, including due to weather or natural disaster, changes in input costs or foreign exchange rates, permit-related or other restrictions on additional production at specific sites, changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the markets for metallurgical coal, and other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Teck's reports filed with Canadian securities administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain of these risks are described in more detail in the annual information form of Teck and in its public filings with Canadian securities administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources.

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