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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC  20549

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FORM 11-K

[X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE
ACT OF 1934

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

OR

[ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE
ACT OF 1934

FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM______TO_____

COMMISSION FILE NUMBER 0-12345

A.           FULL TITLE OF THE PLAN AND THE ADDRESS OF THE PLAN, IF DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THE ISSUER NAMED BELOW:

STILLWATER MINING COMPANY
401(K) PLAN

B.           NAME OF ISSUER OF THE SECURITIES HELD PURSUANT TO THE PLAN AND THE ADDRESS OF ITS PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICE:

STILLWATER MINING COMPANY
536 East Pike Avenue
P.O. Box 1330
Columbus, MT  59019


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REQUIRED INFORMATION

1.
Financial statements filed as a part of this annual report: Stillwater Mining Company 401(k) Plan - Financial Statements as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2011 (with Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm), including the Statements of Net Assets Available For Benefits as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available For Benefits for the Year Ended December 31, 2011, and the Notes to Financial Statements, together with supplemental Schedule H, Part IV, Line 4i – Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year) as of December 31, 2011.

2.
Exhibits filed as part of this annual report: Exhibit 23.1 – Consent of Tanner LLC, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the employee benefit plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on the Plan’s behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 

STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN




June 22, 2012                                                    /s/ Kristen Koss
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       Date                                                        Kristen Koss
                   Vice President, Human Resources






 
 

 












STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010
AND FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011











 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN

Table of Contents



 
     Page
   
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM      1
   
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  
   Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits as of December 31, 2011 and 2010      2
   Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits for the Year Ended December 31, 2011       3
   Notes to Financial Statements  4-12
   
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE*  
Schedule H, Part IV, Line 4i–Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year) as of December 31, 2011 
  13-15
   
   *Other supplemental schedules required by Section 2520-103.10 of the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, have been omitted because they are not applicable.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED
PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


To the Plan Administrator of the
Stillwater Mining Company 401(k) Plan

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of the Stillwater Mining Company 401(k) Plan (the “Plan”) as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, and the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2011.  These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management.  Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).  Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.  The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting.  Accordingly, we express no such opinion.  An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 31, 2011, and 2010, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2011, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Our audits were performed for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic financial statements taken as a whole. The supplemental schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 31, 2011 is presented for the purpose of additional analysis and is not a required part of the basic financial statements but is supplementary information required by the Department of Labor's Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This supplemental schedule is the responsibility of the Plan's management. The supplemental schedule has been subjected to the auditing procedures applied in the audits of the basic financial statements and, in our opinion, is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole.

/s/ Tanner LLC

Salt Lake City, Utah
June 22, 2012
 
 
 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
STATEMENTS OF NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 

   
2011
   
2010
 
ASSETS
           
Investments at fair value (see Note 3):
           
Mutual funds and guaranteed interest account
  $ 44,364,203     $ 45,912,746  
Unitized Stillwater Mining Company common stock fund
    8,193,837       8,987,867  
Non-interest bearing cash
    389       2,350  
Total investments
    52,558,429       54,902,963  
                 
Receivables:
               
Notes receivable from participants
    1,595,351       1,334,482  
Accrued interest on notes receivable from participants
    3,589       3,228  
Employer contributions
    119,814       103,386  
Participant contributions and loan repayments
    122,848       98,605  
Other
    2,269       7,036  
Total receivables
    1,843,871       1,546,737  
                 
Total assets
    54,402,300       56,449,700  
                 
LIABILITIES
               
Accounts payable
    75       4,789  
                 
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS AT
               
FAIR VALUE
    54,402,225       56,444,911  
                 
Adjustment from fair value to contract value for fully benefit-
               
responsive guaranteed interest account
    (1,689,386 )     (836,277 )
                 
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
  $ 52,712,839     $ 55,608,634  

 
See accompanying notes to financial statements.
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011

 
 
ADDITIONS (REDUCTIONS)
     
Investment Income (Loss)
     
Net depreciation in fair value of investments (see Note 3)
  $ (6,671,727 )
Interest and dividends
    397,130  
    Total investment loss, net
    (6,274,597 )
         
     Interest Income on Notes Receivable from Participants
    85,653  
         
Contributions
       
Employer contributions of Employer securities
    1,399,581  
Participant contributions
    2,525,139  
Participant rollovers
    379,148  
    Total contributions
    4,303,868  
         
    Total reductions, net
    (1,885,076 )
         
DEDUCTIONS
       
Distributions and withdrawals
    2,366,698  
Administrative expenses and other
    33,574  
    Total deductions
    2,400,272  
         
    Net decrease before net transfers from other Company plan
    (4,285,348 )
         
NET TRANSFERS FROM OTHER COMPANY PLAN (see note 1)
    1,389,553  
         
    Net decrease in net assets available for benefits
    (2,895,795 )
         
NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
       
         
Beginning of the year
    55,608,634  
         
End of the year
  $ 52,712,839  
 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010


NOTE 1 – DESCRIPTION OF PLAN AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Description of Plan

On June 1, 1993, Stillwater Mining Company (the “Company” or “Employer”) established the Stillwater Mining Company 401(k) Plan (the “Plan”).  The following description of the Plan provides general information only.  Participants should refer to the Plan document for a more complete description of the Plan’s provisions.

General
The Plan is a defined contribution plan, covering all non-union employees of the Company, as defined in the Plan document, and is subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”).  An employee is eligible to participate in the Plan at the beginning of the month following the employee’s date of hire.  The Plan is intended to be a qualified retirement plan under the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).

Plan and Trust Administration
The administration of the Plan is the responsibility of the Company.  The assets of the Plan are maintained in a trust fund that is administered under a trust agreement with State Street Bank and Trust Company.

Contributions
Each participant has the option to make pre-tax “elective deferral contributions” to the Plan of not less than 1% nor more than 60% of eligible compensation, as defined by the Plan document not to exceed the IRC limits.  Contributions are limited by the IRC, which established a maximum contribution of $16,500 ($22,000 for participants age 50 and older) for the year ended December 31, 2011.  The Company contributes an amount equal to 100% of each participant’s elective deferral contribution, up to 6% of the participant’s compensation, for the contribution period.  The Company matching contributions may be made in Company common stock or cash.  During 2011, all Company matching contributions were made in the form of common stock, except for $135,877, which was paid through the application of forfeitures into the interest bearing cash portion of the unitized Stillwater Mining Company common stock fund. Each participant also has the option to make after-tax contributions to the Plan of not less than 1% nor more than 10% of eligible compensation.

Participants may be permitted to rollover into the Plan, all or a portion of any amount which they are entitled to receive as a distribution from a prior plan or certain Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRA”).

The Company may make annual discretionary profit sharing contributions during each Plan year.  Profit sharing contributions are allocated to participants based on the ratio of each participant’s eligible compensation to the total compensation paid to all eligible participants for the Plan year.  There was no discretionary contribution made during the year ended December 31, 2011.

During 2011, certain participants age 50 and over made catch-up contributions totaling $107,884.

Participant Accounts
Each participant’s account is adjusted for the participant’s contributions and allocations of (a) the Company’s matching contribution, (b) Plan earnings and losses, (c) discretionary contributions by the Company, and (d) an allocation of administrative expenses.  Allocations of Plan earnings and losses are based on individual participant account balances.  The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant’s vested account.


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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010


Investment Options
Upon enrollment in the Plan, a participant directs contributions to any investment option offered.  Participants may change their investment options and make transfers between investment options daily.

Vesting
Participants are at all times fully vested in their voluntary contributions plus net actual earnings thereon.  Vesting in Employer contributions is based on years of continuous service.  Participants become 100 percent cliff vested after three years of service.
 
Notes Receivable from Participants
Participants may borrow from their fund accounts the lesser of:  (a) $50,000 (reduced by the excess (if any) of the highest outstanding balance of loans during the one year period ending on the day before the loan is made, over the outstanding balance of loans from the Plan on the date the loan is made); or (b) 50% of the participant’s vested balance.  The notes receivable are secured by the balance in the participant’s account and bear interest at rates that range from 5.25% to 10.25%. Interest rates are comparable to the rate charged by commercial lenders in the geographical area for similar loans on the origination date.  Principal and interest is paid ratably through payroll deductions.

Payment of Benefits
Upon termination, retirement, or death, participants (or their beneficiaries) may elect to receive an amount equal to the vested value of their account in either a lump-sum amount or in installments determined by the participants or their beneficiaries.  Vested accounts for terminated employees which do not exceed $5,000, but are greater than $1,000, are automatically rolled over into an individual retirement account (“IRA”).  Accounts which are $1,000 or less are automatically distributed in a lump-sum.

Forfeitures
Forfeitures of terminated participants’ non-vested accounts are retained in the Plan and used to pay administrative expenses and reduce future Company matching contributions.  As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, forfeited non-vested accounts totaled $74,199 and $183,954, respectively.  During 2011, $28,202 of Employer matching contributions were forfeited by employees who terminated before those amounts became vested.  Net earnings related to forfeited funds in 2011 totaled $10,123.  The amount of forfeitures used to pay administrative expenses in 2011 totaled $12,203.  The amount of forfeitures used to reduce Employer matching contributions in 2011 totaled $135,877.

Plan to Plan Transfers
The Company also sponsors the Stillwater Mining Company Bargaining Unit 401(k) Plan, which covers union employees of the Company (as defined by the Plan document). Transfers to and from this Plan occur when the union membership status of an employee changes.  There was a net transfer into the Plan of $1,389,553 for the year ended December 31, 2011.
 
 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 
Significant Accounting Policies

  Basis of Accounting
The Plan’s financial statements have been prepared using the accrual method of accounting in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“US GAAP”).
 
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 962, Plan Accounting – Defined Contribution Plans, requires the Plan to report investment contracts at fair value.  However, contract value is the relevant measurement attribute for that portion of the net assets available for benefits of a defined contribution plan attributable to fully benefit-responsive investment contracts because contract value is the amount participants would receive if they were to initiate permitted transactions under the terms of the Plan.  Therefore, the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits present the fair value of the investment contract as well as the adjustment of the fully benefit-responsive investment contract from fair value to contract value.  The Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits is prepared on a contract value basis.

  Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and changes therein, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Risks and Uncertainties
The Plan invests in various types of investment securities.  Investment securities are exposed to various risks, such as interest rate, market, and credit risks.  Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such change could materially affect the amounts reported in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits.

As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, approximately 16% of total Plan investments were held in Company common stock.  This investment is exposed to market risk from changes in the fair value of such shares.

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition
The Plan’s investments in mutual funds and common stock are stated at fair value based on the quoted market value or quoted share price at the end of the year (see Note 7).  Plan investments in blended investment funds are valued based on the quoted market values of the underlying investments at the end of the Plan year, except for the guaranteed interest account included in the blended investment funds, which is valued as described below.  The fair value of the guaranteed interest account is calculated by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“MassMutual”), a party-in-interest to the Plan (see Note 5). The market value formula used by MassMutual is the same as a serial bond valuation formula for a bond which repays its original principal in installments, pays interest on the outstanding principal, and is being valued in the current interest rate environment.  Purchases and sales of investments are recorded on a trade date basis.

Dividends are recorded as of the ex-dividend date.  Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis.  The Plan presents in the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits the net appreciation (depreciation) in the fair value of its investments, which consists of the realized gains (losses) and the unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of those investments.

Notes Receivable from Participants
Notes receivable from participants are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest, and are secured by the participants’ account balances.  Interest income is recognized over the terms of the notes at the rate specified in the loan documents.  Fees related to notes receivable from participants are recorded as administrative expenses when they are incurred.  If a participant defaults, the carrying amount of the note receivable from the participant is eliminated and a benefit payment is recorded at the time the participant has a distributable event. Notes receivable mature between January 2012 and August 2021.  As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, notes receivable from participants were $1,595,351 and $1,334,482, respectively.
 
 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 
Expenses of the Plan
The Company may pay expenses incurred in the administration of the Plan at its discretion.  A portion of the expenses are paid with forfeitures, although some expenses, including but not limited to, audit and legal fees and other administrative costs, may be paid by the Company.

  Payment of Benefits
Benefits are recorded when paid by the Plan.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In January 2010, the FASB issued ASU No. 2010-06, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (Topic 820): Improving Disclosures about Fair Value Measurements (“ASU 2010-06”).  ASU 2010-06 amends Subtopic 820-10 to require disclosure of the transfers in and out of Levels 1 and 2.  The update also requires additional information for Level 3 related to purchases, sales, issuances and settlements, and requires more detailed disclosure regarding valuation techniques and inputs.  ASU 2010-06 as it relates to Levels 1 and 2 was effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2009.  Requirements relating to Level 3 are effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2010.  The Plan adopted the provisions of ASU 2010-06 during January 2010 and 2011, and its application did not have a material impact on the Plan’s financial statements.

In September 2010, the FASB issued ASU 2010-25, Reporting Loans to Participants by Defined Contribution Pension Plans – a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, clarifying the classification and measurement guidance on participant loans of a defined contribution pension plan (“ASU 2010-25”).  ASU 2010-25 requires that participant loans be classified as notes receivable from participants and measured at their unpaid principal balance, plus any accrued but unpaid interest, for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2010 and requires the reclassification to be retrospectively applied to all prior periods presented.  The Plan adopted this guidance effective for the Plan year ended December 31, 2010.  The adoption had no effect on net assets of the Plan as previously reported.

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements, to improve the comparability of fair value measurements presented and disclosed in financial statements (“ASU 2011-04”). ASU 2011-04 changes the wording used to describe many of the requirements in U.S. GAAP for measuring fair value and disclosing information about fair value measurements. The amendments include those that clarify FASBs intent about the application of existing fair value measurement and disclosure requirements and those that change a particular principle or requirement for measuring fair value measurements.  ASU 2011-04 is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011.

Subsequent Events
The Plan has evaluated events occurring subsequent to December 31, 2011 and through June 22, 2012 (the date the financial statements were available to be issued).

 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010


NOTE 2 – INVESTMENT CONTRACT WITH INSURANCE COMPANY

In 2011 and 2010, the Plan held a guaranteed interest account (separately, and as part of blended investment funds), which is a fully benefit-responsive investment contract with MassMutual.  MassMutual maintains the contributions in a general account.  The guaranteed interest account is credited with earnings on the underlying investments and charged for participant withdrawals and administrative expenses. Contract value represents contributions made under the contract, plus earnings, less participant withdrawals and administrative expenses.  Participants may ordinarily direct the withdrawal or transfer of all or a portion of their investment at contract value.  The guaranteed interest account issuer is contractually obligated to repay the principal and interest at a specified rate that is guaranteed to the Plan.

As described in Note 1, because the guaranteed interest account is fully benefit-responsive, contract value is the relevant measurement attribute for that portion of the net assets available for benefits attributable to the guaranteed interest account.

There are no reserves against contract value for credit risk of the contract issuer or otherwise.  The crediting interest rate is based on a formula agreed upon with the issuer, but it may not be less than 3.00%.  Such interest rates are reviewed on a semi-annual basis for resetting.  The crediting interest rate was 3.00% as of December 31, 2011 and 2010.

Certain events may limit the ability of the Plan to transact at contract value with the issuer.  Such events include the following:  (1) amendments to the Plan documents (including complete or partial plan termination or merger with another plan), (2) changes to the Plan’s prohibition on competing investment options or deletion of equity wash provisions, (3) bankruptcy of the Company or other Company events (for example, divestitures or spin-offs of a subsidiary) that cause a significant withdrawal from the Plan, or (4) the failure of the trust to qualify for exemption from federal income taxes or any required prohibited transaction exemption under ERISA.  The Plan Administrator does not believe that the occurrence of any such event, which would limit the Plan’s ability to transact at contract value with participants, is probable.

The issuer may terminate the guaranteed interest account with the Plan due to a failure of the Plan to comply with the contractual requirements, failure by the Plan to meet the requirements of the IRC, or a termination or partial termination of the Plan.  For termination or partial termination of the Plan, the issuer may terminate at a settlement amount other than the contract value.


Average Yields
 
2011
   
2010
 
Based on actual earnings
    2.63 %     2.75 %
Based on interest rate credited to participants
    2.63 %     2.75 %

 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 
NOTE 3 – INVESTMENTS

The following presents the fair values of investments that represent 5% or more of the Plan’s net assets available for benefits as of December 31:
   
2011
 
   
 2010
 
 
   
Fair Value
   
Fair Value
 
             
Stillwater Mining Company Unitized Common Stock Fund:
           
Stillwater Mining Company Common    Stock
  $ 7,849,531     $ 8,546,323  
Interest Bearing Cash
    344,306       441,544  
      8,193,837       8,987,867  
                 
Mutual Funds:*
               
Select PIMCO Total Return Fund
    5,737,883          
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
    4,400,298       2,961,602  
T.Rowe Price New Amer Gr Fd
    3,677,039          
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
    2,920,878       5,645,174  
Lord Abbett Developing Markets
    2,809,207          
PIMCO Total Return Fund
            8,054,583  
American Funds Growth Fund of America
            3,659,566  
Baron Growth Fund
            2,819,192  
Other mutual funds less than 5%
               
     of the Plan’s net assets
    11,198,820       12,600,816  
      30,744,125       35,740,933  
                 
Guaranteed Interest Account**
    13,620,078       10,171,813  
                 
Other investments less than 5%
               
of the Plan's net assets
    389       2,350  
    $ 52,558,429     $ 54,902,963  
                 
*
Includes amounts of the Mutual Funds held in the Blended Funds.
**
Includes amounts of the Guaranteed Interest Account held in the Blended Funds.

During 2011, the Plan’s investments (including gains and losses on investments bought and sold, as well as held during the year) depreciated in value as follows:

Common stock
  $ (5,025,185 )
Mutual funds
    (1,646,542 )
    $ (6,671,727 )
 
 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 
NOTE 4 - PLAN TERMINATION

Although it has not expressed any intent to do so, the Company has the right, under the Plan, to discontinue its contributions at any time and to terminate the Plan subject to the provisions of ERISA.  In the event of Plan termination, participants would become 100 percent vested in their Employer contributions.

NOTE 5 – PARTY-IN-INTEREST TRANSACTIONS

MassMutual Retirement Services, the record keeper of the Plan, is a division of MassMutual.  Certain Plan investments are units of a guaranteed interest account where participant contributions are invested in an investment contract maintained by MassMutual (see Note 2).  These transactions qualify as exempt party-in-interest transactions.

The Company made matching contributions in Company common stock of $1,399,581 (96,311 shares) during the year ended December 31, 2011.  As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, the Plan held $7,849,531 (750,433 shares) and $8,546,323 (400,296 shares), respectively, of common stock; and $344,306 and $441,544, respectively, of interest-bearing cash in a unitized Company stock fund.

As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, the Plan had Employer contributions receivable of $119,814 and $103,386, respectively.

As of December 31, 2011 and 2010, the Plan held notes receivable from participants totaling $1,595,351 and $1,334,482, respectively.  Interest income on these loans was $85,653 for 2011.  Accrued interest receivable totaled $3,589 and $3,228 as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

NOTE 6 - TAX STATUS

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a determination letter dated December 19, 2007, stating that the Plan and related trust are designed in accordance with applicable sections of the IRC.  The Plan has been amended since the period covered by the determination letter.  However, due to the minimal changes in the design of the Plan through subsequent amendments, the Plan Administrator and the Plan’s legal counsel believe that the Plan is designed and is currently being operated in compliance with the applicable requirements of the IRC.  Therefore, no provision for income taxes has been recorded in the accompanying financial statements.

US GAAP requires Plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the Plan and recognize a tax liability (or asset) if the Plan has taken an uncertain position that more likely than not would not be sustained upon examination by the IRS. The Plan Administrator has analyzed the tax positions taken by the Plan, and has concluded that as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, there are no uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken that would require recognition of a liability (or asset) or disclosure in the financial statements.  The Plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions; however, there are currently no audits for any tax periods in progress.  The Plan Administrator believes the Plan is no longer subject to income tax examinations for years prior to 2008.

NOTE 7 – FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Plan applies the provisions of ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, for all financial assets and liabilities and any other assets and liabilities that are recognized or disclosed at fair value on a recurring basis.
 
 
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010


ASC 820 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants and also establishes a fair value hierarchy which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. The fair value hierarchy distinguishes among three levels of inputs that may be utilized when measuring fair value: Level 1 inputs (using quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities), Level 2 inputs (using external inputs other than Level 1 prices such as quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or inputs that are observable for the asset or liability) and Level 3 inputs (unobservable inputs supported by little or no market activity and based on internal assumptions used to measure assets and liabilities). The classification of each financial asset or liability within the above hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

The table below categorizes the Plan’s investments by level within the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2011.

   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
TOTALS
 
Interest Bearing Cash
  $ 344,306     $ -     $ -     $ 344,306  
Mutual Funds*
                               
   Value Funds
    3,772,957       -       -       3,772,957  
   Index/Total Return Funds
    12,727,657       -       -       12,727,657  
   Growth Funds
    5,702,510       -       -       5,702,510  
   International Funds
    2,387,169       -       -       2,387,169  
   Specialty Funds
    6,153,832       -       -       6,153,832  
Common Stock
    7,849,531       -       -       7,849,531  
Guaranteed Interest Account**
    -       -       13,620,078       13,620,078  
Non-Interest Bearing Cash
    389       -       -       389  
TOTALS
  $ 38,938,351     $ -     $ 13,620,078     $ 52,558,429  

The table below categorizes the Plan’s investments by level within the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2010.

   
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
TOTALS
 
Interest Bearing Cash
  $ 441,544     $ -     $ -     $ 441,544  
Mutual Funds*
                               
   Value Funds
    3,801,367       -       -       3,801,367  
   Index/Total Return Funds
    14,126,969       -       -       14,126,969  
   Growth Funds
    9,025,639       -       -       9,025,639  
   International Funds
    2,654,317       -       -       2,654,317  
   Specialty Funds
    6,132,641       -       -       6,132,641  
Common Stock
    8,546,323       -       -       8,546,323  
Guaranteed Interest Account**
    -       -       10,171,813       10,171,813  
Non-Interest Bearing Cash
    2,350       -       -       2,350  
TOTALS
  $ 44,731,150     $ -     $ 10,171,813     $ 54,902,963  

*
Includes amounts of the Mutual Funds held in the Blended Funds.
**
Includes amounts of the Guaranteed Interest Account held in the Blended Funds.
 
 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2011 AND 2010

 
The table below sets forth a summary of changes in the fair value of the Plan’s Level 3 investments for the year ended December 31, 2011.
 
Level 3 Investments
 
   
Guaranteed Interest Account**
 
Balance, January 1, 2011
  $ 10,171,813  
Unrealized Appreciation***
    857,884  
Transfer In, Loan Interest, Loan Transfers
    (86,594 )
Interest Income
    304,082  
Purchases
    10,564,084  
Sales
    (8,191,191 )
Balance, December 31, 2011
  $ 13,620,078  

Gains and losses (realized and unrealized) included in changes in net assets for the period above are reported in net appreciation in fair value of investments in the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits.

**
Includes amounts of the Guaranteed Interest Account held in the Blended Funds.
***
Gains and losses on the Guaranteed Interest Account represent changes in the fair value and are not included in the changes in net assets for the period above as the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits is presented on the contract value basis.


 
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SCHEDULE H, Part IV, Line 4i– SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)
DECEMBER 31, 2011


(a)
 
(b) Identity of issue, borrower, lessor,
or similar party
(c) Description of investment including maturity date, rate of interest, collateral, par or maturity value
 
(d) Cost
   
(e) Current Value
 
   
Select PIMCO Total Return Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A     $ 4,216,453  
   
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       3,233,755  
   
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,643,291  
   
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,580,244  
   
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,315,391  
   
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,159,942  
   
Sel MCG II Fd (TRP/Frontier)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,025,471  
   
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       1,741,690  
   
Northrn Mid Cap Index Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       1,291,316  
   
SI SmCo VI Fd (Fed CI/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       892,202  
   
Northern Bond Index Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       834,519  
   
Perkins Mid Cap Value Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       110,841  
   
Northern Small Cap Index Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       96,498  
   
Northern Intl Equity Index Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       21,357  
                       
   
Stillwater Aggressive Blend:
                 
   
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       1,626,060  
   
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       516,531  
   
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       341,997  
   
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       341,866  
   
Select PIMCO Total Return
Mutual Fund
    N/A       340,925  
   
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       300,068  
   
Oppenheimer Real Estate Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       299,500  
   
Loomis Sayles
Mutual Fund
    N/A       256,485  
   
Sel SmCoVal Fd (Fed Clov/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       128,493  
   
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       128,025  
  *  
Guaranteed Interest Account (at contract value)
Insurance Contract
    N/A       5  
                      4,279,955  
     
Stillwater Conservative Blend:
                 
     
Select PIMCO Total Return
Mutual Fund
    N/A       705,718  
  *  
Guaranteed Interest Account (at contract value)
Insurance Contract
    N/A       173,037  
     
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       93,010  
     
Oppenheimer Real Estate Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       58,118  
     
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       35,082  
     
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       23,228  
     
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       23,216  
     
Loomis Sayles
Mutual Fund
    N/A       23,215  
     
Sel SmCoVal Fd (Fed Clov/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       11,640  
     
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       11,593  
                      1,157,857  
 
 
See Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
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SCHEDULE H, Part IV, Line 4i– SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)
DECEMBER 31, 2011

 
(a)
 
(b) Identity of issue, borrower, lessor,
or similar party
(c) Description of investment including maturity date, rate of interest, collateral, par or maturity value
 
(d) Cost
   
(e) Current Value
   
Stillwater Moderate Blend:
           
   
Select PIMCO Total Return
Mutual Fund
    N/A     $ 407,324  
   
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       318,000  
   
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       79,973  
   
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       68,080  
   
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       68,058  
   
Oppenheimer Real Estate Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       56,781  
   
Loomis Sayles
Mutual Fund
    N/A       56,742  
   
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       34,137  
   
Sel SmCoVal Fd (Fed Clov/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       22,733  
   
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       22,654  
  *  
Guaranteed Interest Account (at contract value)
Insurance Contract
    N/A       6  
                      1,134,488  
     
Stillwater Moderate Conservative Blend:
                   
     
Select PIMCO Total Return
Mutual Fund
    N/A       49,680  
     
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       16,624  
     
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,922  
     
Oppenheimer Real Estate Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,887  
     
Loomis Sayles
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,886  
  *  
Guaranteed Interest Account (at contract value)
Insurance Contract
    N/A       4,417  
     
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       3,908  
     
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       3,908  
     
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       1,960  
     
Sel SmCoVal Fd (Fed Clov/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       978  
     
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       975  
                      97,145  
     
Stillwater Moderate Aggressive Blend:
                   
     
Select Indexed Eqty Fd (Northern Tr)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       31,213    
     
Select PIMCO Total Return
Mutual Fund
    N/A       17,783    
     
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       8,972    
     
Select Large Cap Value Fd (Davis)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       6,237    
     
T. Rowe Price New America Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       6,236    
     
Oppenheimer Developing Market Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,469    
     
Oppenheimer Real Estate Fund
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,459    
     
Loomis Sayles
Mutual Fund
    N/A       4,459    
     
Sel SmCoVal Fd (Fed Clov/TRP/ERNST)
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,677    
     
Lord Abbett Developing Growth
Mutual Fund
    N/A       2,669    
                      89,174    
 
 
See Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
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SCHEDULE H, Part IV, Line 4i– SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)
DECEMBER 31, 2011


 
(a)
 
(b) Identity of issue, borrower, lessor,
or similar party
(c) Description of investment including maturity date, rate of interest, collateral, par or maturity value
 
(d) Cost
   
(e) Current Value
   
Stillwater Unitized Stock Fund:
           
  *  
Stillwater Mining Company
Common Stock
    N/A     $ 7,849,531  
     
Interest Bearing Cash
              344,306  
                      8,193,837  
                           
     
Non-Interest Bearing Cash
              389  
                           
  *  
Notes Receivable from Participants
Interest rates from 5.25% to 10.25%
    N/A       1,595,351    
                           
  *  
Guaranteed Interest Account (at contract value)
Insurance Contract
    N/A       11,753,228    
                           
                    $ 52,464,394    
  *  
Party-in-interest to the Plan
                   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note: Amounts for column (d) are not required as the investments are participant directed.
See Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
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STILLWATER MINING COMPANY 401(K) PLAN

EXHIBIT INDEX

    Exhibit        Document                                                                                                                                         
23.1           Consent of Tanner LLC, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm