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August 19, 2015

Lightbridge Announces Nuclear Fuel Development Update and 2015 Second Quarter Financial Results

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MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ:LTBR) today issued a development and commercialization progress report for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015 on its next generation nuclear fuel technology that helps existing and new build reactors to enhance safety, increase revenue and improve operating margins.

"Lightbridge continues to achieve value-creating strategic milestones," said Seth Grae, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "At a time of heightened awareness of nuclear energy's crucial role in mitigating the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, Lightbridge remains on track to deliver to the world a safer nuclear fuel that helps utilities improve reactor operating economics through increased power output.  The Company is well positioned to realize high-margin revenue streams in the coming years from technology licensing fees and royalties from a growing $25 billion annual market for nuclear fuel.  We believe Lightbridge metallic fuel offers an unmatched value proposition to operators of both existing and new build reactors."

2015 Second Quarter Business Update

Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2015, Lightbridge's net loss was $1.5 million, or a loss of $0.08 per share, on revenue of $0.3 million.  In the same quarter of 2014, the net loss was $1.7 million, or a loss of $0.11 per share, on revenue of $0.3 million.  All revenue was generated from consulting services.  General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2015 were $1.1 million, essentially unchanged from the same period in 2014.  For the six months ended June 30, 2015, G&A expenses totaled $2.0 million versus $2.3 million in the same period last year.  Research and development expenses for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015 were $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively, compared to $0.6 million and $1.1 million in the respective periods of 2014.  For the six months ended June 30, 2015, the Company's cash flows used in operating activities were $1.8 million versus $2.6 million in the same period of 2014, a decline of approximately 33% due primarily to reduced overhead expenses.

"Over the next 12 to 15 months, we expect to incur approximately $3.0 million in research and development expenses related to the development of our proprietary nuclear fuel designs," Grae said.  "We are carefully managing our expenses and reducing overhead where appropriate, while maintaining a solid balance sheet with no long-term debt. Our strategy is to minimize dilution through alliances with fuel vendors, fuel fabricators and other strategic partners.  Upon commercialization of our technology in the coming years, we believe the license and royalty fees from existing U.S. reactors alone will add significant value for shareholders."

Balance Sheet Overview

At June 30, 2015, the Company had approximately $2.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, and approximately $2.7 million of working capital, with no long-term debt.  Stockholders' equity was approximately $3.6 million at June 30, 2015 compared with $5.4 million on December 31, 2014.  Common shares outstanding at June 30, 2015 totaled 18,082,874.

Commercial Nuclear Energy Market Opportunity

The commercial nuclear energy industry is projected to grow rapidly at a time of rising global demand for reliable, carbon-free, base load electric power.  There are currently 436 operable civil nuclear reactors in 30 countries around the world, with 67 reactors under construction and 488 on order, planned or proposed, according to the World Nuclear Association.  By 2040, the International Energy Agency projects a 58% increase in nuclear capacity from a combination of power uprates and reactor construction.

For a detailed description of the value proposition of Lightbridge fuel technology, including projected incremental annual net operating cash flows and return on investment for a nuclear power plant operator using Lightbridge fuel at various wholesale electricity prices, visit http://bit.ly/1jLXpoY.  The advantages of Lightbridge's metallic fuel design were confirmed in independent third-party analyses published in 2012 and 2013.  These reports, which include a peer-reviewed article published in Nuclear Technology, are available for download at http://ir.ltbridge.com/

2015 Second Quarter Conference Call

Lightbridge will hold a conference call and webcast on Friday, August 21, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the Company's 2015 second quarter results and to provide an update on recent corporate developments.  Seth Grae, President and Chief Executive Officer, will lead the call and additional members of the senior management team will be available to answer questions.  Questions may be asked live, using the telephone lines below. Questions also may be submitted in writing before or during the conference call to ir@ltbridge.com.  All written questions will be read and answered during the call.

Lightbridge Corporation Conference Call — 2015 Q2 Business Update and Financial Results
Date:Friday, August 21, 2015
Time:11 a.m. ET
Conference Passcode:8703926#
Domestic Toll Free Dial-In:888-424-8151
International Dial-In:http://bit.ly/1JyrmRz Visit this link for a list of country-specific dial-in numbers
Live Webcast:http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/bovyns7y
Replay:Available for one year at the URL above

About Lightbridge Corporation

Lightbridge is a nuclear energy company based in McLean, Virginia. The Company develops proprietary next generation nuclear fuel technologies for current and future nuclear reactor systems. Lightbridge's breakthrough fuel technology is establishing new global standards for safe and clean nuclear power and leading the way to a sustainable energy future. The Company also provides comprehensive advisory services for established and emerging nuclear programs based on a philosophy of transparency, non-proliferation, safety and operational excellence. Lightbridge consultants provide integrated strategic advice and expertise across a range of disciplines including regulatory affairs, nuclear reactor procurement and deployment, reactor and fuel technology and international relations. The Company leverages those broad and integrated capabilities by offering its services to commercial entities and governments with a need to establish or expand nuclear industry capabilities and infrastructure.

Important recent milestones achieved by Lightbridge include approval and issuance of key patents by the United States, Australia and South Korea for the Company's multi-lobed metallic fuel rod design and fuel assemblies.  In April 2015, nuclear fuel managers at Dominion Generation (NYSE:D), Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), Exelon Generation (NYSE:EXC) and Southern Company (NYSE:SO) asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to prepare to review Lightbridge's fuel design, in advance of an expected application in 2017 to use the Company's fuel in a U.S. reactor as early as 2020 (http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1513/ML15134A092.pdf).  The NRC relies on communications from U.S. utilities to adjust Commission staffing levels and budgets in anticipation of regulatory review of licensing applications.

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Forward Looking Statements

With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's competitive position, the timing of demonstration testing and commercial production, the Company's product and service offerings and the expected market for the Company's product and service offerings.  These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this news release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from such estimates. The risks include, but are not limited to, the degree of market adoption of the Company's product and service offerings; market competition; dependence on strategic partners; demand for fuel for nuclear reactors; and the Company's ability to manage its business effectively in a rapidly evolving market, as well as other factors described in Lightbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Lightbridge does not assume any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise.  Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

  
 Lightbridge Corporation
 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
   June 30, 2015 December 31,
   (Unaudited)  2014 
 ASSETS    
Current Assets    
 Cash and cash equivalents$ 2,371,266 $ 4,220,225 
 Restricted cash  325,505   325,181 
 Accounts receivable - project revenue and reimbursable project costs  247,144   469,086 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  203,795   205,184 
 Total Current Assets  3,147,710   5,219,676 
Property Plant and Equipment -net  -   - 
Other Assets    
 Patent costs  883,775   833,560 
 Total Assets$ 4,031,485 $ 6,053,236 
 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current Liabilities    
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$ 452,571 $ 653,668 
 Total Current Liabilities  452,571   653,668 
     
Commitments and contingencies - note 5    
Stockholders' Equity     
 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 authorized shares, no shares issued and outstanding  -   - 
 Common stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000,000 authorized, 18,082,874 shares outstanding at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014  18,083   18,083 
 Additional paid-in capital - stock and stock equivalents  82,016,278   81,276,339 
 Accumulated Deficit  (78,455,447)  (75,894,854)
 Total Stockholders' Equity   3,578,914   5,399,568 
      
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 4,031,485 $ 6,053,236 
      


  
Lightbridge Corporation 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
           
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 
   June 30, June 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014 
Revenue:         
Consulting Revenue$ 298,162 $ 349,131 $ 422,057 $ 603,238  
Cost of Consulting Services Provided  275,662   230,974   333,054   355,986  
Gross Margin  22,500   118,157   89,003   247,252  
Operating Expenses         
 General and administrative  1,108,807   1,149,420   2,039,100   2,280,839  
 Research and development expenses  394,715   624,448   607,545   1,056,434  
Total Operating Expenses  1,503,522   1,773,868   2,646,645   3,337,273  
Operating Loss  (1,481,022)  (1,655,711)  (2,557,642)  (3,090,021) 
Other Income and (Expenses)         
 Investment income  163   603   323   991  
 Other income (expenses)   (762)  -    (3,274)  -  
Total Other Income and (Expenses)  (599)  603   (2,951)  991  
Net loss before income taxes   (1,481,621)   (1,655,108)   (2,560,593)  (3,089,030) 
Income taxes  -           -   
Net loss$ (1,481,621)$ (1,655,108)$ (2,560,593)$ (3,089,030) 
Net Loss Per Common Share,         
 Basic and Diluted$ (0.08)$ (0.11)$ (0.14)$ (0.21) 
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding   18,082,874    15,067,885    18,082,874    15,063,052  
           


 
Lightbridge Corporation
 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
       
   Six Months Ended 
   June 30, 
    2015   2014  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:     
 Net Loss$  (2,560,593)$ (3,089,030) 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from operations to net cash used in operating activities:     
 Stock-based compensation  782,036   125,297  
 Loss on marketable securities     (792) 
Changes in non-cash operating working capital items:     
 Accounts receivable - fees and reimbursable project costs  221,942   17,685  
 Prepaid expenses and other assets  1,389   (50,203) 
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  (201,097)  378,220  
Net Cash Used In Operating Activities   (1,756,323)  (2,618,823) 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:     
 Payments for Patent costs   (50,215)  (65,546) 
Net Cash Used In Investing Activities   (50,215)  (65,546) 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:     
 Payments for Stock offering costs   (42,097)    
 Restricted cash   (324)  (554) 
Net Cash Used In Financing Activities   (42,421)  (554) 
Net Decrease In Cash and Cash Equivalents   (1,848,959)  (2,684,923) 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period  4,220,225   3,672,877  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period$ 2,371,266 $ 987,954  
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:     
 Cash paid during the year:     
 Interest$  $   
 Income taxes$  $   
       
  

 

CONTACT:
Gary Sharpe
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Lightbridge Corporation
1-571-730-1213
gsharpe@ltbridge.com
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