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Cameco reports $50M loss as uranium languishes



VANCOUVER — Canada’s Cameco (TSX: CCO; NYSE: CCJ) is in damage control amidst the worst uranium market in over a decade. The company’s underwhelming third-quarter results were plagued by a 20% year-on-year drop in spot U3Oprices, and production delays at its Key Lake mine.

Cameco reported an adjusted quarterly loss of US$50 million, or 13¢ per share, following the sale of 9.2 million lb. of uranium. The company indicated its US$32 per pound U308 price realization represents the “lowest quarterly level reported in over 10 years.”

Cameco generated around 3.1 million lb. of uranium in the quarter, which marked a 56% quarter-on-quarter decline following “planned summer shutdowns” at its flagship Cigar Lake and McArthur River operations, as well as a required four-week maintenance program Key Lake.

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