By Colin Kellaher


Uranium Energy Corp. on Wednesday said it agreed to buy the Roughrider uranium development project in Canada from mining giant Rio Tinto PLC for $150 million in cash and stock.

Uranium Energy said it will pay $80 million in cash and issue about 17.8 million shares valued at $70 million in exchange for the project, located in the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan.

The company said it plans to fund the cash portion of the acquisition--which it expects to complete by the end of the month--through its current balance sheet, which has more than $173 million in cash and liquid assets.

The deal would make Rio Tinto the third-largest shareholder of Uranium Energy, according to data from FactSet.

Uranium Energy said Roughrider is a development-stage, conventional uranium project located near its existing Athabasca Basin properties. Roughrider was discovered in 2008 by Hathor Exploration Ltd., which was acquired by Rio Tinto in early 2012.


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