Stillwater Mining Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results

BILLINGS, Mont., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STILLWATER MINING COMPANY (NYSE:SWC) today reported a second quarter 2007 net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.03 per fully diluted share, on revenues of $161.0 million. The 2007 second quarter loss compares to a loss of $2.3 million, or $0.03 per fully diluted share, on revenues of $116.8 million in the second quarter of 2006.

For the first six months of 2007, the Company has reported a loss of $3.6 million, or $0.04 per fully diluted share. This compares to the first six months of 2006, when the Company disclosed a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.02 per share. However, earnings for the first six months of 2006 included $6.9 million of profit from sales of the palladium inventory received in the 2003 Norilsk Nickel transaction; that sales program ended during the first quarter of 2006, so there was no comparable earnings contribution this year.

Stillwater Mining Company mines palladium and platinum ("platinum group metals," or "PGMs") from two underground mines located in the Beartooth Mountains of south-central Montana. The Company's mines produced about 133,100 ounces of PGMs during the second quarter of 2007, well below the 148,700 ounces produced in the second quarter last year. Production at the Company's Stillwater Mine was affected by lower productivity, workforce attrition following a schedule change, ground conditions and mechanical problems with new underground mining equipment. Production at the East Boulder Mine, on the other hand, was about as expected.

During the second quarter the Company had entered into negotiations to renew the contract with its union workers at the Stillwater Mine and Columbus metallurgical operations. Operations continued throughout the second quarter, but productivity was affected as negotiations proceeded. A final contract was not reached until after a seven-day work stoppage in July. The new four-year labor agreement provides for an immediate 3% wage increase for miners and a 4% increase for other employees as well as wage increases in subsequent years of the agreement. Other provisions include additional vacation days, some added flexibility for employees in scheduling days off, and an emergency leave program for probationary employees.

The lower second quarter 2007 production was partially offset by higher average sales realizations on the mined ounces -- $506 per ounce in this year's second quarter, up from $484 in the same period last year.

The Company's smelting and refining facilities in Columbus, Montana process mined concentrates and recycle catalyst materials received from third parties. The Company recycled a total of 93,100 PGM ounces through the smelter and refinery during the second quarter 2007, up 5.7% from the 87,900 ounces recycled during the same period last year. Recycling activities contributed about $6.0 million to the Company's operating margin (before corporate overhead and financing charges) during the second quarter of 2007, compared to about $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2006. The improved performance is primarily attributable to higher realized prices for PGMs and the timing of inventory flows in last year's second quarter.

Commenting on the Company's second quarter 2007 operating results, Francis R. McAllister, Stillwater Chairman and CEO, said; "Although we are dissatisfied with this year's second-quarter and year-to-date performance, on balance we are encouraged with the continuing progress toward the Company's underlying strategic goals. The developed state of the mines continues to advance and the transformation toward more selective mining methods continues, improving the long-term economic viability of our operations. We regard progress toward these initiatives as ultimately much more significant than quarter-to-quarter fluctuations in performance. Earnings, particularly when viewed on a quarterly basis, probably will remain volatile for some time yet. However, through these strategic operating initiatives, we see the opportunity to strengthen longer-term financial performance, ultimately increasing the value of our assets."

McAllister added: "Mine production in this year's second quarter was well below plan at 133,100 ounces, and also well below the 148,700 ounces produced during the second quarter last year. Breaking this down further, Stillwater Mine's second quarter production decreased by about 15,000 ounces compared to last year, while East Boulder Mine production was approximately 1,000 ounces below a year ago, but essentially on plan. The decrease at East Boulder was anticipated, as that mine currently is most affected by the transition from bulk mechanical mining methods to more selective methods."

"Regarding the Company's full-year production outlook, we previously provided 2007 production guidance in the range of 615,000 to 645,000 ounces. Given the changes in circumstance during the second and third quarter, this guidance must be revised During July we reported that, following the union's rejection of a proposed new labor agreement, on July 11 the workforces at the Stillwater Mine and Columbus processing facilities began a strike. Although agreement on a new contract proposal was reached fairly quickly and employees returned to work on the evening of July 17, the effect was the loss of about seven days' production at the Stillwater Mine. In view of the strike loss and the weak second-quarter production at Stillwater, we have now reduced the Company-wide production guidance for full-year 2007 to between 555,000 and 585,000 ounces."

Elaborating a little further on the second quarter 2007 production shortfall at the Stillwater Mine, McAllister noted, "Clearly the strike and its related impact on production at the Stillwater Mine, while significant, is largely a one-time event. The new contract has now been ratified and the employees are back to work. Likewise, the challenges with ground conditions and the mechanical problems with performance of the new underground equipment at the mine have now been addressed and hopefully are behind us. The attrition issue, however, deserves some additional discussion.

"Several factors appear to have contributed to employee attrition rates in the second quarter. Earlier this year, the Company resolved to address two major cost areas that have escalated recently far faster than general inflation -- employee benefits and mining contractor rates. By changing our work schedules at the Stillwater Mine, the Company increased the average workweek from 35 hours to about 42 hours. This has allowed us to reduce the average hourly benefit cost without cutting benefits at all, and also reduced the need for contractor support. We were aware that this change in schedule would result in losing some employees, since the prior schedule made it possible to work in Montana and commute to a home elsewhere. We in fact did see this loss. We also saw some additional attrition in May and June that appeared to be related to the then impending labor negotiations, and from some others who preferred the previous work schedule. The attrition has reduced mine production to some extent, but also has reduced total mining costs.

"The lower productivity experienced during this year's second quarter is attributable at least in part to the distraction of labor negotiations. However, in conjunction with recent attrition, the average experience level of our workforce has also declined, as some more seasoned miners have left and a growing percentage of the mining workforce is derived from our internal miner training programs. The result may be a period of reduced overall productivity until these newer miners gain more experience. Our updated production guidance for 2007 attempts to take this into account.

"The Company's total cash costs per PGM ounce produced(1) averaged $320 in the second quarter of 2007, down slightly from $322 in last year's second quarter. Some of this cost variation is attributable to earnings from recycling and byproduct sales, which we treat as an offset against total cash costs. Our initial guidance for 2007 full-year total cash costs was between $295 and $315 per ounce, with cost performance expected to be weaker in the first half of 2007. Despite our reduced production forecast for 2007, we still feel that our earlier guidance for 2007 total cash costs per ounce is appropriate."

Regarding the Company's mine transformation efforts, McAllister reported, "Operationally, progress continued on our mine transformation program during the second quarter of 2007. Safety and environmental performance were both excellent during the quarter. Engineering design work moved forward for the second smelter furnace in Columbus, Montana. As noted last quarter, we believe this furnace, once in operation, will increase our processing capacity, and provide a strategically critical back-up facility during scheduled or unscheduled furnace outages. We expect the new furnace to be operational by the end of 2008. Total production from captive cut-and-fill stopes decreased modestly during the quarter to 607 tons per day from 703 tons per day during the first quarter of this year. We expect the share of production from captive cut-and-fill stopes to gradually increase during the remainder of 2007. Production from ramp and fill mining in the Upper West area of the Stillwater Mine also increased to an average of 288 tons per day in the second quarter, up from 250 tons per day for the first quarter of this year. Our manpower training efforts to date remain on track to graduate about 100 new miners during 2007."

Regarding the Company's other strategic initiatives, Mr. McAllister commented, "Another of Stillwater's corporate objectives is to expand market demand for its primary products. Early last year, we established an industry palladium trade organization, the Palladium Alliance International (PAI). Since then, the Company has channeled most of its efforts to develop and broaden markets for palladium through the PAI. The Alliance's objectives include establishing palladium's jewelry market presence as a specific elegant brand of precious metal, distinct from platinum and white gold, and instituting a system of standards for use of the palladium brand that will emphasize palladium's rarity and value. The Alliance sponsors technical articles in jewelry trade publications illustrating methods of fabricating palladium jewelry, maintains a website with information on palladium suppliers and retailers (http://www.luxurypalladium.com), organizes informational presentations at industry trade shows and provides image advertising in critical jewelry markets. To date in 2007, the Alliance has funded several new palladium commercial spots for presentation in major Chinese cities, and participated in an effort to broaden and unify market development efforts among palladium producers and fabricators.

"We also are undertaking to diversify the Company's asset base. This is a multi-faceted effort. We are continuing our efforts toward growing the volume of the Company's recycling operations, reducing the degree of financial dependence solely on performance of the Company's mines in each period. Addition of the second smelter furnace is intended to support this objective by accommodating the expansion of both mining production and recycling volumes over the next several years, as well as creating opportunities to improve metal recoveries.

"As we announced previously, late last year the Company invested $1.9 million to purchase approximately an 11% interest in Pacific North West Capital Corp., a Canadian exploration company with substantial exploration expertise that has identified several promising PGM targets. Exploration efforts are proceeding there and the Company invested an additional $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2007. Also, on July 3, 2007, the Company finalized its investment of $1.5 million in Benton Resource Corp., another Canadian exploration company, providing Stillwater with an attractive opportunity for future participation in Benton's Goodchild Project as well as an equity interest in Benton itself.

"As I have commented before, these investments in generative exploration projects are inherently long-term and fairly speculative in nature, but are intended to build a portfolio of attractive opportunities for the future. We also are evaluating various later-stage mineral development projects and operating properties to identify those that might offer good investment value and mesh with Stillwater's corporate expertise. We are proceeding deliberately in these growth and diversification efforts.

"In summary," McAllister concluded, "despite a disappointing quarter, we feel the Company is still on track toward reaching its strategic objectives."

Cash Flow and Liquidity

At June 30, 2007, the Company's cash and cash equivalents (excluding $4.4 million of restricted cash) totaled $57.2 million, down $18.1 million from the beginning of the quarter and $31.2 million from December 31, 2006. If we include the Company's available-for-sale investments in highly liquid federal agency notes and commercial paper, the Company's total available cash and investments at June 30, 2007 was $96.9 million, down about $20 million from $116.9 million at the end of this year's first quarter. The drop in cash and investments during the second quarter is more than accounted for by increased investment in working capital during the quarter associated with the Company's recycling business. Working capital constituting marketable inventories and related advances in the Company's growing PGM recycling business increased to $97.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2007 from $73.6 million at the end of the first quarter. Including these highly liquid inventories, the Company's underlying liquidity was $194.0 million, as compared to $190.5 million at the end of the first quarter 2007 and $194.8 million at the end of the 2006. Also, at the end of the second quarter the Company had $19.4 million available to it under undrawn revolving credit lines.

Net cash provided from operating activities totaled just $0.1 million in this year's second quarter, reflecting the $23.5 million of cash absorbed into recycling inventories during the quarter. By comparison, $27.7 million of cash was consumed by operations in the second quarter of 2006, also reflecting strong growth in recycling working capital requirements. Capital expenditures were $18.8 million in the second quarter of 2007 and $40.4 million year to date, both much lower than planned. Capital spending in the second quarter of 2006 totaled $22.2 million and $45.4 million through the first six months of 2006.

As was scheduled, the Company paid down $1.1 million of long-term debt and capital leases during the second quarter of 2007. Outstanding debt at June 30, 2007, was $128.7 million.

Second Quarter Results -- Details

For the second quarter of 2007, the Company's mine production was 133,100 PGM ounces including 84,500 ounces from the Stillwater Mine and 48,600 ounces from East Boulder Mine. For the comparable quarter of 2006, the mines produced 148,700 ounces including Stillwater Mine production of 99,300 ounces and East Boulder production of 49,400 ounces. As already noted, the sharp decrease in Stillwater production for the quarter resulted from mechanical problems with new equipment, attrition, and lower productivity associated with labor negotiations. The modest decrease in production at the East Boulder Mine during the quarter was forecasted, and reflects the reallocation of resources from highly mechanized methods toward more selective mining.

Sales out of mine production totaled 148,100 ounces in the second quarter of 2007 at an overall average realization of $506 per ounce, down from 153,100 ounces at $484 per ounce in the second quarter of 2006. PGM market prices generally were higher in the second quarter of 2007, but the Company's average realization in both periods was affected favorably by the above-market floor prices on palladium sales under the Company's automotive contracts, and unfavorably by the price caps on platinum in the same contracts, and by losses on forward sales commitments for platinum. The Company's average realization on palladium sales from mine production was $386 per ounce in the 2007 second quarter, compared to $378 per ounce for the same period in 2006. The average net realization on platinum was $949 per ounce in the second quarter of 2007 and $839 per ounce in the 2006 second quarter. Putting this in perspective, the London Metals Exchange afternoon posted prices per ounce for platinum and palladium were $1,273 and $365, respectively, on June 29, 2007, and $1,226 and $312, respectively, on June 30, 2006.

During the second quarter of 2007, the Company processed about 93,100 ounces of PGMs from recycled catalytic materials. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2006 the Company processed about 87,900 ounces of recycled material. The Company processes material purchased from third parties and toll material that is processed on behalf of others for a fee.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2007 were $161.0 million, up 37.8% from $116.8 million received in the second quarter of 2006. Proceeds from sales of mined PGMs totaled $74.9 million in the 2007 second quarter, up very slightly from $74.1 million in the same quarter of 2006, reflecting the benefit of higher average sales realizations in 2007. Recycling revenues more than doubled, increasing to $83.9 million from $39.6 million in last year's second quarter. Resales of purchased metal generated $2.2 million and $3.1 million in revenue during the 2007 and 2006 second quarters, respectively.

Costs of metals sold (before depreciation and amortization expense) increased to $134.8 million in the 2007 second quarter from $91.1 million in the second quarter of 2006. Mining costs included in costs of metals sold increased to $54.7 million in the 2007 second quarter from $50.0 million in the 2006 second quarter. Recycling costs, mostly reflecting the cost to purchase spent catalytic materials for processing, totaled $77.9 million in the second quarter of 2007, up sharply from $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2006, driven by the much higher volumes processed and, to a lesser extent, by higher prices paid for the PGM ounces contained in the recycled material. Second-quarter costs also included the purchase for resale of 6,000 ounces of palladium at a cost of $2.2 million in 2007, and 9,000 palladium ounces at a cost of $3.2 million in 2006.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $21.7 million in the 2007 second quarter from $21.4 million in the same period of 2006. The increase is mostly attributable to slightly higher amortization rates in 2007.

General and administrative ("G&A") costs, including marketing and exploration expenses, increased slightly to $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2007 from $7.0 million in the same period of 2006. Higher marketing expenditures accounted for most of this increase.

The reported net loss of $2.5 million for the second quarter of 2007 included, by business segment, a loss of $1.4 million from mining operations and $7.8 million of income from recycling activities, less corporate costs including $7.4 million of G&A expense and $1.5 million of unallocated net interest expense.

For the second quarter of 2006, the reported net loss of $2.3 million included earnings from mining operations of $2.8 million, and income from recycling activities of $3.4 million. These earnings items were offset by $7.0 million of G&A expense and $1.5 million pertaining to unallocated interest expense.

First Six Months' Results -- Details

In the first half of 2007, the Company's mining operations produced 277,200 PGM ounces including 182,500 ounces from the Stillwater Mine and 94,700 ounces from East Boulder Mine. For the comparable period in 2006, total mine production of 294,900 ounces included Stillwater Mine production of 192,500 ounces and East Boulder production of 102,500 ounces. The production decrease at the Stillwater Mine reflects attrition, mechanical equipment problems and strike-related productivity issues during the second quarter. The decrease in East Boulder Mine production was anticipated, and mostly reflects transitional challenges as the mine moves from highly mechanized methods toward more captive cut-and-fill mining.

Sales from mine production totaled 291,100 ounces in the first six months of 2007 at an overall average realization of $506 per ounce, up from 289,400 ounces at $471 per ounce in the same period of 2006. PGM market prices generally were higher in the first half of 2007, but the Company's average realization in both periods was benefited, as in the past, by the above-market pricing provisions for palladium sales under the Company's contracts with major automobile companies, and reduced by price caps on platinum in the same contracts and by losses on financially-settled forward sales commitments on platinum. The Company's average realization on palladium sales from mine production was $382 per ounce in the 2007 first half, compared to $370 per ounce for the same period in 2006. The comparable average realization on platinum, net of the loss on forward sales, was $931 per ounce for the first six months of 2007 and $826 per ounce in the 2006 first half.

During the first half of 2007, the Company processed about 180,000 ounces of PGMs from recycled catalytic materials, including toll material processes on behalf of others for a fee. By comparison, in the first six months of 2006 the Company processed about 148,000 ounces of recycled material.

Revenues for the first six months of 2007 totaled $307.4 million, up 19.7% from $256.8 million in the first six months of 2006. Proceeds from sales of mined PGMs totaled $147.3 million in the 2007 first half, up from $136.4 million in the same period of 2006, mostly the result of higher average sales realizations in 2007. Recycling revenues grew to $153.9 million from $74.3 million in last year's first half. The higher realizations and growth in recycling revenues more than offset the reduction in revenue from completion of the program to sell off the palladium inventory received in the 2003 Norilsk Nickel transaction, which contributed $17.6 million to 2006 first half revenue. This sales program concluded during the first quarter of 2006. Resales of purchased metal generated $6.2 million and $28.5 million in revenue during the 2007 and 2006 periods, respectively.

Costs of metals sold (before depreciation and amortization expense) increased to $253.3 million in the 2007 first six months from $203.2 million in the first half of 2006. Mining costs included in costs of metals sold increased to $103.0 million in the 2007 first half from $94.2 million in the 2006 period. Recycling costs, largely comprised of the cost to purchase spent catalytic materials for processing, totaled $144.0 million in the first half of 2007, up substantially from $69.9 million in the first six months of 2006, driven by the much higher volumes processed and, to a lesser extent, by higher prices paid for the PGM ounces contained in the recycled material. The 2006 first-half costs also included $10.8 million for 63,250 ounces of palladium sold from inventory and an additional $28.3 million to acquire 26,800 ounces of PGMs for resale under various commitments. First-half 2007 costs included about $6.2 million for the purchase of 18,000 ounces of palladium for resale.

Depreciation and amortization expense was nearly flat at $42.1 million in the 2007 first half compared to $41.3 million in the same period of 2006. The slight increase is attributable to higher amortization rates and slightly higher sales volumes in 2007.

G&A costs, including marketing and exploration expenses, totaled $16.2 million for the first six months of 2007 and $13.3 million in the 2006 first half. Timing of marketing expenses, including contributions to PAI, was much of the difference, with $3.2 million spent on marketing in this year's first half compared to only $0.9 million in the same period last year.

The net loss of $3.6 million for the first six months of 2007 included, by business segment, $2.4 million of income from mining operations and $13.2 million of income from recycling activities, less corporate costs including $16.2 million of G&A expense and $3.0 million of unallocated net interest expense.

For the first half of 2006, the reported net loss of $1.7 million included earnings from mining operations of $0.7 million, income from recycling activities of $6.7 million, plus at the corporate level $6.9 million of income related to sales from the palladium inventory received in the Norilsk Nickel transaction. These earnings items were mostly offset by $13.3 million of G&A expense and $2.9 million pertaining to unallocated interest expense.

Stillwater Mining Company will host its 2007 second quarter results conference call at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 7, 2007. The conference call dial-in numbers are 800-230-1092 (U.S.) and 612-332-0226 (International). The conference call will simultaneously be webcast on the Internet via the Company's website at http://www.stillwatermining.com. To access the conference call on the Company's website, go to the Investor Relations section under Presentations and click on the link to the conference call. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website or by a telephone replay, numbers (800) 475-6701 (U.S.) and (320) 365-3844 (International), access code 863446, through August 15, 2007, ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Stillwater Mining Company is the only U.S. producer of palladium and platinum and is the largest primary producer of platinum group metals outside of South Africa and the Russian Federation. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWC. Information on Stillwater Mining can be found at its Website: http://www.stillwatermining.com.

Some statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and, therefore, involve uncertainties or risks that could cause actual results to differ materially. These statements may contain words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates" or similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of the Company's future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, comments regarding expansion plans, costs, grade, production and recovery rates, permitting, financing needs, the terms of future credit facilities and capital expenditures, increases in processing capacity, cost reduction measures, safety, timing for engineering studies, and environmental permitting and compliance, litigation, labor matters and the palladium and platinum market. Additional information regarding factors, which could cause results to differ materially from management's expectations, is found in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company intends that the forward-looking statements contained herein be subject to the above-mentioned statutory safe harbors. Investors are cautioned not to rely on forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

    (1)  As discussed in more detail in the Company's 2006 Annual Report on
         Form 10-K, total cash cost per ounce of production is a non-GAAP
         measure of extraction efficiency; this and similar measures are
         widely reported within the mining industry.



    Key Factors Tables and Financial Statements


    Stillwater Mining Company
    Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
    (Unaudited)
    (in thousands, except per share data)

                                     Three months ended    Six months ended
                                          June 30,              June 30,
                                       2007      2006       2007      2006

    Revenues
      Mine production                 $74,893   $74,099   $147,264  $136,373
      PGM recycling                    83,914    39,579    153,902    74,254
      Sales of palladium received
       in the Norilsk Nickel
       transaction                         --        --         --    17,637
      Other                             2,156     3,148      6,247    28,521
         Total revenues               160,963   116,826    307,413   256,785

    Costs and expenses
      Costs of metals sold
      Mine production                  54,718    49,965    103,029    94,201
      PGM recycling                    77,871    37,969    144,046    69,937
      Sales of palladium received
       in Norilsk Nickel transaction       --        --         --    10,785
      Other                             2,184     3,162      6,205    28,279
         Total costs of metals sold   134,773    91,096    253,280   203,202

      Depreciation and amortization
      Mine production                  21,628    21,351     42,020    41,261
      PGM recycling                        28        25         52        50
       Total depreciation and
        amortization                   21,656    21,376     42,072    41,311
        Total costs of revenues       156,429   112,472    295,352   244,513

      Exploration                           1       332         62       332
      Marketing                         1,112       682      3,213       890
      General and administrative        6,289     5,961     12,963    12,058
        Total costs and expenses      163,831   119,447    311,590   257,793

    Operating loss                     (2,868)   (2,621)    (4,177)   (1,008)

    Other income (expense)
      Other                               (16)       (1)       (18)        3
      Interest income                   3,023     3,070      5,986     5,050
      Interest expense                 (2,750)   (2,735)    (5,576)   (5,540)
      Gain/(loss) on disposal of
       property, plant and equipment       95       (50)       210      (235)


    Loss before income tax provision   (2,516)   (2,337)    (3,575)   (1,730)

    Income tax provision                   --        --         --       (10)


    Net loss                          $(2,516)  $(2,337)   $(3,575)  $(1,740)

    Other comprehensive income
     (loss), net of tax                 5,446   (13,042)       271   (29,592)

    Comprehensive income (loss)        $2,930  $(15,379)   $(3,304) $(31,332)

    Weighted average common shares
     outstanding
      Basic                            91,927    91,207     91,759    91,135
      Diluted                          91,927    91,207     91,759    91,135

    Basic loss per share
       Net loss                        $(0.03)   $(0.03)    $(0.04)   $(0.02)

    Diluted loss per share
       Net loss                        $(0.03)   $(0.03)    $(0.04)   $(0.02)



    Stillwater Mining Company
    Balance Sheets
    (Unaudited)
    (in thousands, except share and per share data)

                                                   June 30,       December 31,
                                                     2007              2006
    ASSETS
    Current assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                    $57,200           $88,360
      Restricted cash                                4,385             3,785
      Investments, at fair market value             39,651            35,497
      Inventories                                  125,752           106,895
      Advances on inventory purchases               30,492            24,191
      Accounts receivable                           12,254            16,008
      Deferred income taxes                          1,654             5,063
      Other current assets                           5,843             4,540
        Total current assets                      $277,231          $284,339

    Property, plant and equipment (net of
     $259,984 and $219,520 accumulated
     depreciation and amortization)                458,759           460,328
      Long-term investment                           2,537             1,869
      Other noncurrent assets                        9,583             9,487
        Total assets                              $748,110          $756,023

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities
      Accounts payable                             $15,200           $24,833
      Accrued payroll and benefits                  20,675            20,348
      Property, production and franchise
       taxes payable                                11,458            11,123
      Current portion of long-term debt and
       capital lease obligations                     1,282             1,674
      Fair value of derivative instruments          15,756            15,145
      Unearned income                                7,638             5,479
      Other current liabilities                      7,861             6,988
        Total current liabilities                   79,870            85,590

    Long-term debt                                 127,435           129,007
    Fair value of derivative instruments                --               715
    Deferred income taxes                            1,654             5,063
    Accrued workers compensation                    10,808            10,254
    Asset retirement obligation                      8,910             8,550
    Other noncurrent liabilities                     4,499             4,288
        Total liabilities                         $233,176          $243,467

    Stockholders' equity
      Preferred stock, $0.01 par value,
       1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued        --                --
      Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000
       shares authorized; 92,125,936 and
       91,514,668 shares issued and outstanding       921               915
      Paid-in capital                             622,783           617,107
      Accumulated deficit                         (93,438)          (89,863)
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss        (15,332)          (15,603)
        Total stockholders' equity                514,934           512,556

        Total liabilities and stockholders'
         equity                                  $748,110          $756,023



    Stillwater Mining Company
    Statements of Cash Flows
    (Unaudited)
    (in thousands)
                                          Three months ended  Six months ended
                                                June 30,         June 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006

    Cash flows from operating activities
    Net loss                               $(2,516) $(2,337) $(3,575) $(1,740)

    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to
     net cash provided by operating
     activities:
      Depreciation and amortization         21,656   21,376   42,072   41,311
      Lower of cost or market inventory
       adjustment                            1,430       42    1,430    1,140
      (Gain)/loss on disposal of property,
       plant and equipment                     (95)      50     (210)     235
      Stock issued under employee benefit
       plans                                 1,484      941    2,930    2,254
      Amortization of debt issuance costs      206      198      410      383
      Share based compensation               1,345      933    2,513    1,527

    Changes in operating assets and
     liabilities:
      Inventories                          (15,688) (39,572) (20,658) (43,652)
      Advances on inventory purchases       (7,014) (14,414)  (6,301) (17,718)
      Accounts receivable                   (1,615)     (60)   3,754   14,793
      Employee compensation and benefits       631      254      327      824
      Accounts payable                      (1,096)   2,669   (9,633)   1,778
      Property, production and franchise
       taxes payable                           136    1,778      546      854
      Workers compensation                    (199)     539      554    3,626
      Asset retirement obligation              182      161      360      318
      Unearned income                        4,081    2,001    2,159    3,861
      Restricted cash                         (600)      --     (600)      --
      Other                                 (2,214)  (2,265)    (803)    (546)

    Net cash provided by (used in)
     operating activities                      114  (27,706)  15,275    9,248

    Cash flows from investing activities
      Capital expenditures                 (18,812) (22,232) (40,408) (45,356)
      Purchase of long-term investment        (668)      --     (668)      --
      Proceeds from disposal of property,
       plant and equipment                     126      207      328      263
      Purchases of investments             (25,148) (19,859) (48,140) (68,019)
      Proceeds from maturities of
       investments                          27,181   38,532   44,178   69,250

    Net cash used in investing activities  (17,321)  (3,352) (44,710) (43,862)

    Cash flows from financing activities
      Payments on long-term debt and
       capital lease obligations            (1,081)    (461)  (1,964)  (9,915)
      Payments for debt issuance costs          --       --       --     (579)
      Issuance of common stock                 219      601      239      805

    Net cash provided by (used in)
     financing activities                     (862)     140   (1,725)  (9,689)

    Cash and cash equivalents
      Net decrease                         (18,069) (30,918) (31,160) (44,303)
       Balance at beginning of period       75,269   66,875   88,360   80,260

    Balance at end of period               $57,200  $35,957  $57,200  $35,957



    Stillwater Mining Company
    Key Factors
    (Unaudited)
                                          Three months ended  Six months ended
                                              June 30,           June 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006
    OPERATING AND COST DATA FOR MINE
     PRODUCTION

    Consolidated:
    Ounces produced (000)
    Palladium                                 102      115      213      228
    Platinum                                   31       34       64       67
    Total                                     133      149      277      295

    Tons milled (000)                         309      323      614      649
    Mill head grade (ounce per ton)          0.48     0.51     0.49     0.50

    Sub-grade tons milled (000) (1)            16       14       37       29
    Sub-grade tons mill head grade (ounce
     per ton)                                0.12     0.12     0.12     0.13

    Total tons milled (000) (1)               325      337      651      678
    Combined mill head grade (ounce per ton) 0.46     0.49     0.47     0.48
    Total mill recovery (%)                    90       91       91       91


    Total operating costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP)                              $260     $269     $252     $266
    Total cash costs per ounce (Non-GAAP)
     (2) (3)                                 $320     $322     $314     $318
    Total production costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $476     $460     $466     $458

    Total operating costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP)                              $106     $119     $107     $116
    Total cash costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $131     $142     $134     $138
    Total production costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $195     $203     $198     $199

    Stillwater Mine:
    Ounces produced (000)
    Palladium                                  64       76      140      148
    Platinum                                   20       23       43       44
    Total                                      84       99      183      192

    Tons milled (000)                         158      180      336      356
    Mill head grade (ounce per ton)          0.58     0.59     0.58     0.58

    Sub-grade tons milled (000) (1)            16       14       37       29
    Sub-grade tons mill head grade (ounce
     per ton)                                0.12     0.12     0.12     0.13

    Total tons milled (000) (1)               174      194      373      385
    Combined mill head grade (ounce per
     ton)                                    0.54     0.56     0.54     0.55
    Total mill recovery (%)                  0.91       92     0.92       92


    Total operating costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP)                              $229     $259     $228     $261
    Total cash costs per ounce (Non-GAAP)
     (2) (3)                                 $291     $310     $291     $311
    Total production costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $425     $428     $421     $434

    Total operating costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP)                              $111     $132     $111     $130
    Total cash costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $141     $159     $142     $155
    Total production costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $205     $219     $206     $217



    Stillwater Mining Company
    Key Factors (continued)
    (Unaudited)
                                          Three months ended  Six months ended
                                               June 30,          June 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006
    OPERATING AND COST DATA FOR MINE
     PRODUCTION
    (Continued)

    East Boulder Mine:
    Ounces produced (000)
      Palladium                                38       39       73       80
      Platinum                                 11       11       21       23
       Total                                   49       50       94      103

    Tons milled (000)                         151      143      278      293
    Mill head grade (ounce per ton)          0.37     0.40     0.38     0.40

    Sub-grade tons milled (000) (1)            --       --       --       --
    Sub-grade tons mill head grade (ounce
     per ton)                                  --       --       --       --

    Total tons milled (000) (1)               151      143      278      293
    Combined mill head grade (ounce per ton) 0.37     0.40     0.38     0.40
    Total mill recovery (%)                    89       89       89       90


    Total operating costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP)                              $313     $288     $298     $277
    Total cash costs per ounce (Non-GAAP)
     (2) (3)                                 $371     $347     $359     $331
    Total production costs per ounce
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $566     $524     $552     $503

    Total operating costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP)                              $101     $101     $101      $97
    Total cash costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $120     $120     $122     $116
    Total production costs per ton milled
     (Non-GAAP) (2) (3)                      $183     $181     $188     $176



    Stillwater Mining Company
    Key Factors (continued)
    (Unaudited)
                                          Three months ended Six months ended
    (in thousands, where noted)                 June 30,          June 30,
                                             2007     2006     2007     2006
    SALES AND PRICE DATA

    Ounces sold (000)
     Mine production:
      Palladium (oz.)                         116      118      225      225
      Platinum (oz.)                           32       35       66       64
        Total                                 148      153      291      289

    Other PGM activities: (6)
      Palladium (oz.)                          32       21       69      107
      Platinum (oz.)                           31       18       59       41
      Rhodium (oz.)                             6        4       12       14
        Total                                  69       43      140      162

    By-products from mining: (7)
      Rhodium (oz.)                             1        1        2        2
      Gold (oz.)                                3        2        6        5
      Silver (oz.)                              2        1        4        3
      Copper (lb.)                             85       88      468      346
      Nickel (lb.)                            261      390      567      831


    Average realized price per ounce (5)
     Mine production:
      Palladium ($/oz.)                      $386     $378     $382     $370
      Platinum ($/oz.)                       $949     $839     $931     $826
        Combined (5)                         $506     $484     $506     $471

    Other PGM activities: (6)
      Palladium                              $355     $329     $345     $287
      Platinum                             $1,225   $1,060   $1,189   $1,018
      Rhodium                              $5,923   $4,019   $5,497   $3,413

    By-products from mining: (7)
      Rhodium ($/oz.)                      $6,160   $5,054   $6,039   $4,252
      Gold ($/oz.)                           $655     $621     $661     $588
      Silver ($/oz.)                          $13      $12      $13      $11
      Copper ($/lb.)                        $3.39    $4.21    $2.89    $2.71
      Nickel ($/lb.)                       $22.74    $8.14   $19.98    $7.01

    Average market price per ounce (5)
      Palladium                              $368     $345     $355     $318
      Platinum                             $1,289   $1,189   $1,238   $1,111
       Combined (5)                          $564     $539     $555     $486


    (1)  Sub-grade tons milled includes reef waste material only.  Total tons
         milled includes ore tons and sub-grade tons only.

    (2)  Total cash costs include period costs of mining, processing and
         administration at the mine site (including mine site overhead and
         credits for metals produced other than palladium and platinum from
         mine production).  Norilsk Nickel transaction expenses and interest
         income and expense are not included in total cash costs.

    (3)  Total cash cost per ton, represents a non-U.S. Generally Accepted
         Accounting Principles (GAAP) measurement that management uses to
         monitor and evaluate the efficiency of its mining operations.  See
         table "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures to costs of revenues" and
         accompanying discussion.

    (4)  The Company's average realized price represents revenues, which
         include the effect of contract floor and ceiling prices, hedging
         gains and losses realized on commodity instruments and contract
         discounts, divided by ounces sold.  The average market price
         represents the average London PM Fix for the actual months of the
         period.

    (5)  The Company reports a combined average realized and market price of
         palladium and platinum at the same ratio as ounces that are produced
         from the refinery.

    (6)  Ounces sold and average realized price per ounce from other PGM
         activities primarily relate to ounces produced from processing of
         catalyst materials and palladium received in the Norilsk Nickel
         transaction.

    (7)  By-product metals sold reflect contained metal.  Realized prices
         reflect net values (discounted due to product form and transportation
         and marketing charges) per unit received.  By-product sales are not
         recorded as revenue but as a reduction to costs of metals sold.


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures to costs of revenues

The Company utilizes certain non-GAAP measures as indicators in assessing the performance of its mining and processing operations during any period. Because of the processing time required to complete the extraction of finished PGM products, there are typically lags from one to three months between ore production and sale of the finished product. Sales in any period include some portion of material mined and processed from prior periods as the revenue recognition process is completed. Consequently, while costs of revenues (a GAAP measure included in the Company's Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income/(Loss)) appropriately reflects the expense associated with the materials sold in any period, the Company has developed certain non-GAAP measures to assess the costs associated with its producing and processing activities in a particular period and to compare those costs between periods.

While the Company believes that these non-GAAP measures may also be of value to outside readers, both as general indicators of the Company's mining efficiency from period to period and as insight into how the Company internally measures its operating performance, these non-GAAP measures are not standardized across the mining industry and in most cases will not be directly comparable to similar measures that may be provided by other companies. These non-GAAP measures are only useful as indicators of relative operational performance in any period, and because they do not take into account the inventory timing differences that are included in costs of revenues, they cannot meaningfully be used to develop measures of profitability. A reconciliation of these measures to costs of revenues for each period shown is provided as part of the following tables, and a description of each non-GAAP measure is provided below.

Total Costs of Revenues: For the Company on a consolidated basis, this measure is equal to consolidated costs of revenues, as reported in the Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income/(Loss). For the Stillwater Mine, East Boulder Mine, and other PGM activities, the Company segregates the expenses within costs of revenues that are directly associated with each of these activities and then allocates the remaining facility costs included in consolidated costs of revenues in proportion to the monthly volumes from each activity. The resulting total costs of revenues measures for Stillwater Mine, East Boulder Mine and other PGM activities are equal in total to consolidated costs of revenues as reported in the Company's Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income/(Loss).

Total Production Costs (Non-GAAP): Calculated as total costs of revenues (for each mine or consolidated) adjusted to exclude gains or losses on asset dispositions, costs and profit from secondary recycling, and changes in product inventories. This non-GAAP measure provides an indication of the total costs incurred in association with production and processing in a period, before taking into account the timing differences resulting from inventory changes and before any effect of asset dispositions or secondary recycling activities. The Company uses it as a comparative measure of the level of total production and processing activities in a period, and may be compared to prior periods or between the Company's mines. As noted above, because this measure does not take into account the inventory timing differences that are included in costs of revenues, it cannot be used to develop meaningful measures of earnings or profitability.

When divided by the total tons milled in the respective period, Total Production Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the cost per ton milled in that period. Because of variability of ore grade in the Company's mining operations, production efficiency underground is frequently measured against ore tons produced rather than contained PGM ounces. And because ore tons are first actually weighed as they are fed into the mill, mill feed is the first point at which production tons are measured precisely. Consequently, Total Production Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) is a general measure of production efficiency, and is affected both by the level of Total Production Costs (Non-GAAP) and by the volume of tons produced and fed to the mill.

When divided by the total recoverable PGM ounces from production in the respective period, Total Production Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the cost per ounce produced in that period. Recoverable PGM ounces from production are an indication of the amount of PGM product extracted through mining in any period. Because extracting PGM material is ultimately the objective of mining, the cost per ounce of extracting and processing PGM ounces in a period is a useful measure for comparing extraction efficiency between periods and between the Company's mines. Consequently, Total Production Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) in any period is a general measure of extraction efficiency, and is affected by the level of Total Production Costs (Non-GAAP), by the grade of the ore produced and by the volume of ore produced in the period.

Total Cash Costs (Non-GAAP): This non-GAAP measure is calculated (for each mine or consolidated) as total costs of revenues adjusted to exclude gains or losses on asset dispositions, costs and profit from recycling activities, depreciation and amortization and asset retirement costs and changes in product inventories. The Company uses this measure as a comparative indication of the cash costs related to production and processing in any period. As noted above, because this measure does not take into account the inventory timing differences that are included in costs of revenues, it cannot be used to develop meaningful measures of earnings or profitability.

When divided by the total tons milled in the respective period, Total Cash Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the level of cash costs incurred per ton milled in that period. Because of variability of ore grade in the Company's mining operations, production efficiency underground is frequently measured against ore tons produced rather than contained PGM ounces. And because ore tons are first weighed as they are fed into the mill, mill feed is the first point at which production tons are measured precisely. Consequently, Total Cash Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) is a general measure of production efficiency, and is affected both by the level of Total Cash Costs (Non-GAAP) and by the volume of tons produced and fed to the mill.

When divided by the total recoverable PGM ounces from production in the respective period, Total Cash Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the level of cash costs incurred per PGM ounce produced in that period. Recoverable PGM ounces from production are an indication of the amount of PGM product extracted through mining in any period. Because ultimately extracting PGM material is the objective of mining, the cost per ounce of extracting and processing PGM ounces in a period is a useful measure for comparing extraction efficiency between periods and between the Company's mines. Consequently, Total Cash Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) in any period is a general measure of extraction efficiency, and is affected by the level of Total Cash Costs (Non-GAAP), by the grade of the ore produced and by the volume of ore produced in the period.

Total Operating Costs (Non-GAAP): This non-GAAP measure is derived from Total Cash Costs (Non-GAAP) for each mine or consolidated by excluding royalty, tax and insurance expenses from Total Cash Costs (Non-GAAP). Royalties, taxes and insurance costs are contractual or governmental obligations outside of the control of the Company's mining operations, and in the case of royalties and most taxes, are driven more by the level of sales realizations rather than by operating efficiency. Consequently, Total Operating Costs (Non-GAAP) is a useful indicator of the level of production and processing costs incurred in a period that are under the control of mining operations. As noted above, because this measure does not take into account the inventory timing differences that are included in costs of revenues, it cannot be used to develop meaningful measures of earnings or profitability.

When divided by the total tons milled in the respective period, Total Operating Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the level of controllable cash costs incurred per ton milled in that period. Because of variability of ore grade in the Company's mining operations, production efficiency underground is frequently measured against ore tons produced rather than contained PGM ounces. And because ore tons are first actually weighed as they are fed into the mill, mill feed is the first point at which production tons are measured precisely. Consequently, Total Operating Cost per Ton Milled (Non-GAAP) is a general measure of production efficiency, and is affected both by the level of Total Operating Costs (Non-GAAP) and by the volume of tons produced and fed to the mill.

When divided by the total recoverable PGM ounces from production in the respective period, Total Operating Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) -- measured for each mine or consolidated -- provides an indication of the level of controllable cash costs incurred per PGM ounce produced in that period. Recoverable PGM ounces from production are an indication of the amount of PGM product extracted through mining in any period. Because ultimately extracting PGM material is the objective of mining, the cost per ounce of extracting and processing PGM ounces in a period is a useful measure for comparing extraction efficiency between periods and between the Company's mines. Consequently, Total Operating Cost per Ounce (Non-GAAP) in any period is a general measure of extraction efficiency, and is affected by the level of Total Operating Costs (Non-GAAP), by the grade of the ore produced and by the volume of ore produced in the period.



    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to Costs of Revenues

                                       Three months ended   Six months ended
                                            June 30,             June 30,
    (in thousands)                       2007      2006      2007      2006

    Consolidated:
    Reconciliation to consolidated
     costs of revenues:
    Total operating costs (Non-GAAP)    $34,597   $40,061   $69,807   $78,545
      Royalties, taxes and other          8,022     7,828    17,305    15,164
    Total cash costs (Non-GAAP)         $42,619   $47,889   $87,112   $93,709
      Asset retirement costs                182       161       360       318
      Depreciation and amortization      21,628    21,351    42,020    41,261
      Depreciation and amortization (in
     inventory)                          (1,031)   (1,045)     (371)     (153)
    Total production costs (Non-GAAP)   $63,398   $68,356  $129,121  $135,135
      Change in product inventories       7,317     2,738     8,969    32,681
      Costs of recycling activities      77,871    37,969   144,046    69,937
      Recycling activities --
       depreciation                          28        25        52        50
      Add: Profit from recycling
       activities                         7,815     3,384    13,164     6,710
      Loss or (gain) on sale of assets
       and other costs                      (95)       50      (210)      235
    Total consolidated costs of
     revenues                          $156,334  $112,522  $295,142  $244,748

    Stillwater Mine:
    Reconciliation to costs of
     revenues:
    Total operating costs (Non-GAAP)    $19,383   $25,641   $41,620   $50,022
      Royalties, taxes and other          5,230     5,098    11,449     9,814
    Total cash costs (Non-GAAP)         $24,613   $30,739   $53,069   $59,836
      Asset retirement costs                127       116       250       230
      Depreciation and amortization      12,400    11,996    24,563    24,192
      Depreciation and amortization (in
       inventory)                        (1,255)     (374)   (1,076)     (686)
    Total production costs (Non-GAAP)   $35,885   $42,477   $76,806   $83,572
      Change in product inventories       3,465    (1,402)    3,380    (4,486)
      Add: Profit from recycling
       activities                         4,944     2,265     8,573     4,376
      Loss or (gain) on sale of assets
       and other costs                      (90)       13      (205)      171
    Total costs of revenues             $44,204   $43,353   $88,554   $83,633
    East Boulder Mine:
    Reconciliation to costs of
     revenues:
    Total operating costs (Non-GAAP)    $15,214   $14,420   $28,187   $28,524
      Royalties, taxes and other          2,792     2,730     5,856     5,350
    Total cash costs (Non-GAAP)         $18,006   $17,150   $34,043   $33,874
      Asset retirement costs                 55        45       109        88
      Depreciation and amortization       9,228     9,355    17,457    17,068
      Depreciation and amortization (in
       inventory)                           225      (671)      706       533
    Total production costs (Non-GAAP)   $27,514   $25,879   $52,315   $51,563
      Change in product inventories       1,668       978      (616)   (1,897)
      Add: Profit from recycling
       activities                         2,870     1,119     4,591     2,334
      Loss or (gain) on sale of assets
       and other costs                       --        --        --        28
    Total costs of revenues             $32,052   $27,976   $56,290   $52,028

    Other PGM activities: (1)
    Reconciliation to costs of
     revenues:
      Change in product inventories      $2,184    $3,162    $6,205   $39,064
      Recycling activities -
       depreciation                          28        25        52        50
      Costs of recycling activities      77,871    37,969   144,046    69,937
      Loss or (gain) on sale of assets
       and other costs                       (5)       37        (5)       36
    Total costs of revenues             $80,078   $41,193  $150,298  $109,087

    (1) Other PGM activities include recycling and sales of palladium received
        in the Norilsk Nickel transaction and other.

Source: Stillwater Mining Company

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