Friday, August 13, 2010

Cameco profit falls, cuts uranium sales forecast

By Euan Rocha
TORONTO | Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:19pm EDT

(Reuters) - Cameco Corp (CCO.TO) reported a weaker second-quarter operating profit on Friday, as results were hurt by lower uranium sales volumes and a lower realized uranium selling price.

The top Canadian uranium producer also lowered its 2010 uranium sales forecast to 30 million pounds from a range of 31 to 33 million pounds, as some customers deferred deliveries into 2011.

Cameco also said it expects 2010 uranium revenues to fall 10 percent to 15 percent below 2009 levels, compared with its prior forecast of a 5 to 10 percent decline.

Excluding one-time items, earnings fell to C$114 million, or 29 Canadian cents a share, in the quarter ended June 30. That compared with a year-before profit of C$162 million, or 41 Canadian cents a share.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S had expected, on average, a profit of 24 Canadian cents a share.

The company said its net income fell 72 percent to C$68 million, or 17 Canadian cents a share, down from C$247 million, or 63 Canadian cents a share, a year earlier.

Net income in the latest quarter was hurt by an after-tax expense of C$46 million for unrealized mark-to-market losses on financial instruments, while the year-ago net income included a C$107 million one-time gain.

The company said lower revenues from its fuel services and electricity businesses also weighed on its bottom-line in the recent quarter.

Quarterly revenue fell 15 percent to C$546 million in the second quarter.

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