Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

3.Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


Basis of presentation


These financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“US GAAP”) and include all of the assets, liabilities and expenses of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Ur-Energy USA Inc.; NFU Wyoming, LLC; Lost Creek ISR, LLC; NFUR Bootheel, LLC; Hauber Project LLC; NFUR Hauber, LLC; and Pathfinder Mines Corporation. All inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation. Ur-Energy Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries are collectively referred to herein as the “Company.”


These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements do not conform in all respects to the requirements of generally accepted accounting principles for annual financial statements. The unaudited interim financial statements reflect all normal adjustments which in the opinion of management are necessary for a fair statement of the results for the periods presented. These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013.


Presentation currency


As a result of losing its foreign private issuer status, the Company previously changed its presentational currency from the Canadian dollar to U.S. dollars. Comparative information has therefore been restated in U.S. dollars in these financial statements. The effects of doing so are not significant because the Canadian and U.S. dollars were close to par at September 30, 2013.


Exploration Stage


The Company has established the existence of uranium resources for certain uranium projects, including the Lost Creek Project. The Company has not established proven or probable reserves, as defined by SEC under Industry Guide 7, through the completion of a final or “bankable” feasibility study for any of its uranium projects, including Lost Creek Project. Furthermore, the Company has no plans to establish proven or probable reserves for any of its uranium projects for which the Company plans on utilizing in-situ recovery (“ISR”) mining, such as the Lost Creek Project or the Shirley Basin Project. As a result, and despite the fact that the Company commenced extraction of U3O8 at the Lost Creek Project in August 2013, the Company remains in the Exploration Stage as defined under Industry Guide 7, and will continue to remain in the Exploration Stage until such time proven or probable reserves have been established.


Since the Company commenced extraction of uranium at the Lost Creek Project without having established proven and probable reserves, any uranium resources established or extracted from the Lost Creek Project should not be in any way associated with having established, or production from, proven or probable reserves. Accordingly, information concerning mineral deposits set forth herein may not be comparable to information made public by companies that have reserves in accordance with United States standards.




The Company has regularly monitored practices followed by peer companies in the industry. As discussed above, the Company has not established, and has no plans to establish the existence of proven and probable reserves at the Lost Creek Project. As a result of this, the Company changed its accounting policy at December 31, 2013 with respect to the nature of items that qualify for capitalization for ISR uranium mining operations to align its policy to the accounting treatment that has been established as best practice for these types of mining operations.


The specific costs affected by this change are those associated with the development of the wellfield which, during 2013, was being constructed as a part of the Lost Creek Project.  The development of this wellfield includes production and monitor well drilling and completion, piping within the wellfield and to the processing facility, header houses used to monitor production and disposal wells associated with the operation of the mine.  These costs are now expensed when incurred.


During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, a total of $4.2 million and $14.2 million, respectively, of such expenditures was originally capitalized as part of construction in progress within capital assets.  Accordingly, the comparative financial statements have been restated to show the impact of this change in accounting policy and include these amounts in development expense.  This increased the loss per share from $0.03 per share to $0.06 for the three months and from $0.08 to $0.20 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. 


Previous period adjustment


During the previous quarter, we recorded an out of period adjustment due to the reclassification of severance and ad valorem taxes as a cost of extraction instead of a direct cost of sale. 


New accounting pronouncements


In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Under ASU 2014-09, an entity will recognize revenue when it transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects what it expects in exchange for the goods or services. It also requires more detailed disclosures to enable users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. This guidance is effective for annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2016. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the financial statements of the Company.