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ANOORAQ RESOURCES CORPORATION (ANO)
Anooraq Resources Corporation engages in the exploration and development of mineral property interests in the Republic of South Africa. Its properties include a 100% interest in the Platreef platinum group metals (PGM) properties located on the northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The company has an option to purchase a 100% interest in portion 2 of the Elandsfontein 766LR farm located contiguous to the pre-existing Platreef properties. Anooraq Resources also has a 50% interest in the PGM rights to 12 farms located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex. In addition, its other properties include Ga-Phasha property consisting of four farms comprising Portion 1 of Paschaskraal 466KS, the Klipfontein 465KS, De Kamp 507KS, and Avoca 472KS farms covering an area of approximately 9,700 hectares. The company has a joint venture agreement with Potgietersrust Platinums Limited to explore and develop PGMs, gold, and nickel, as well as a portion of adjacent Overysel 815LR farm. These farms are located on the northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex. It also has a joint venture agreement with Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited to explore and develop PGMs, gold, and nickel mineralization on the Wachteenbietjieslaagte 4JQ, Vogelstruiskraal 400KQ, and Cyferkuil 1JQ farms, which are located on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, approximately 75 kilometers north of the town of Rustenburg. The company was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Anooraq Resources Corporation is part of Hunter Dickinson, Inc.
YANZHOU COAL MINING COMPANY LIMITED (YZC)
Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited (YCM) engages in underground mining, preparation, and sale of coal, as well as the provision of railway coal transportation services in China. Its products primarily include thermal coal and semisoft coking coal used in electric power generation and metallurgical production. It operates six coal mines, which include Nantun, Xinglongzhuang, Baodian, Dongtan, Jining II, and Jining III. The company offers its products to electric power plants, metallurgical mills, chemical engineering companies, construction material manufacturers, and fuel trading companies. As of December 31, 2004, YCM had proven and probable reserves of approximately 2,004.3 million tonnes of coal. The company was established in 1973 and is headquartered in Zoucheng, China.
IDAHO GENERAL MINES INC (GMO)
Idaho General Mines, Inc. engages in the exploration and development of molybdenum, silver, gold, base metals, and other specialty metals. Its properties include Mount Hope Project, a primary molybdenum deposit located in Eureka County, Nevada; and Hall-Tonopah, a molybdenum project located in Nye County, Nevada. Its portfolio also contains molybdenum, copper, and gold projects, including Molly Star in Sanders County, Montana; Margaret and Red Bonanza in Skamania County, Washington; Turner Gold in Josephine County, Oregon; Detroit Copper in Marion County, Oregon; and Gazelle Gold in Madison County, Montana. The company was incorporated in 1925 as General Mines Corporation and changed its name to Idaho General Petroleum and Mines Corporation in 1966. Further, it changed its name to Idaho General Mines, Inc. in 1967. Idaho General Mines is based in Lakewood, Colorado.
BHP BILLITON LIMITED (BHP)
BHP Billiton Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining, drilling, and processing mineral resources. It produces iron ore, copper, nickel metal, manganese, diamonds, silver, titanium, aluminium, and uranium. The company also engages in the exploration, production, and development of oil and natural gas in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Algeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Pakistan. The company also exports metallurgical coal for the steel industry, and energy coal. In addition, it has exploration interests in the United States, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Algeria, Brunei Darussalam, South Africa, Canada, and the Philippines. BHP Billiton Limited is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
DYNAMIC MATERIALS CORPORATION (BOOM)
Dynamic Materials Corporation engages in metalworking business in North America, western Europe, Australia, and the Far East. The company operates in two segments, Explosive Metalworking and Aerospace. The Explosive Metalworking segment utilizes explosives to perform metal cladding and shock synthesis. Its principal product is a explosion welded clad metal plate, which is used in the construction of heavy, corrosion resistant pressure vessels, and heat exchangers for petrochemical, refining, and hydrometallurgy industries. The Aerospace segment provides welding services principally to the commercial and military aircraft engine markets, and to the power generation industry. Dynamic Materials Corporation was incorporated in Colorado in 1971. It was formerly known as Explosive Fabricators, Inc. The company is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
FRONTEER DEVELOPMENT GROUP INC (FRG)
Fronteer Development Group, Inc., a discovery-stage mineral exploration company, focuses on exploring gold and uranium deposits primarily in Canada, Mexico, and western Turkey. Its properties are located in western Turkey; the provinces of Newfoundland and Central Mineral Belt of Labrador, Ontario; the Northwest Territories, Canada; and Mexico. The company also holds interest in a real estate joint venture through its 50% interest in Berkley Homes (Pickering), Inc. In addition, Fronteer Development Group has an alliance agreement with Altius Minerals Corp. The company was incorporated in January 1999 under the name 1334970 Ontario, Inc. and changed its name to Fronteer Development Group, Inc. in February 1999. Fronteer Development Group is based in Vancouver, Canada.
Fording Canadian Coal Trust operates as an open-ended mutual fund. It invests in metallurgical coal, industrial minerals mining, and processing operations. The Trust, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fording, Inc., holds a 60% ownership of Elk Valley Coal Partnership and is the producer of the industrial mineral wollastonite. It also holds a 100% interest in NYCO. The Trust's metallurgical coal operations process primarily metallurgical coal, principally for export. Its industrial minerals operations process wollastonite and other industrial minerals from two operations in the United States and one operation in Mexico. The primary product of its metallurgical coal operations is hard-coking coal. It owns Fording River, Coal Mountain, Elkview, Line Creek, Greenhills, and Cardinal River mines. Its principal markets are Asia and Europe. NYCO operates a mineral processing plant. Its processing facilities include dry processing equipment, a surface treatment plant, warehouse space, and truck and rail loadout facilities. The mining operation consists of the active Lewis Pit and the permitted Oak Hill deposit. As of December 31, 2004, the Trust's total metallurgical reserves were 710 millions of tonnes and total thermal reserves were 3 million tonnes. Fording Canadian Coal Trust was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
Ivanhoe Mines, Ltd. engages in the exploration, production, and development of mineral properties. The company holds a 100% interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold Project, Mongolia; and a 50% interest in the Monywa Copper Project, Myanmar. It also holds equity interest in Asia Gold Corp.; Jinshan Gold Mines, Inc.; Entree Gold, Inc.; Intec Limited; and Olympus Pacific Minerals, Inc. The company was incorporated in January 1994 under the name 463212 B.C., Ltd. It changed its name to Indochina Goldfields, Ltd. in February 1994 and to Ivanhoe Mines, Ltd. in 1999. Ivanhoe Mines is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC (ANR)
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. engages in the extraction, processing, and marketing of coal in northern and central Appalachia coal fields in the United States. Its reserve base includes high British thermal units, low sulfur steam coal, and metallurgical coal. The company produces, process, and sells steam and metallurgical coal. Alpha also engages in the purchase and resale of coal mined by others. The company sells its steam coal to large utilities and industrial customers as fuel for electricity generation. As of December 31, 2004, it owned or leased 511.1 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves, of which approximately 89% were low sulfur reserves. The company has eight regional units, including two in Virginia, three in West Virginia, one in Pennsylvania, one in Kentucky, and one in Colorado. As of February 1, 2005, these units included 11 preparation plants, each of which receive, blend, process, and ship coal that is produced from its 65 active mines. The company is based in Abingdon, Virginia.
PENN VIRGINIA GP HOLDINGS L.P (PVG)
Penn Virginia GP Holdings, L.P., through its subsidiary, Penn Virginia Resource GP, LLC, holds general partnership interest in Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. (PVR), which engages in the management of coal properties, as well as gathering and processing of natural gas. PVR has two segments, Coal and Natural Gas Midstream. The Coal segment owns or controls coal reserves in Central and Northern Appalachia, the San Juan Basin, and the Illinois Basin. As of December 31, 2006, PVR owned or controlled approximately 765 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The Natural Gas Midstream segment owns and operates midstream assets, including gas gathering pipelines and natural gas processing facilities. As of the above date, it owned or operated approximately 3,631 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines and 3 natural gas processing facilities located in Oklahoma and the panhandle of Texas. This segment also owns a natural gas marketing business, which aggregates third-party volumes and sells those volumes into intrastate pipeline systems and at market hubs accessed by various interstate pipelines. PVG GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 1882 and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Penn Virginia GP Holdings, L.P. is a subsidiary of Penn Virginia Corporation.
Teck Cominco Limited operates as a diversified mining company in Canada and internationally. Its activities include exploration, development, processing, smelting, and refining of various natural resources. The company produces zinc, copper, and metallurgical coal, as well as precious metals, lead, molybdenum, electrical power, fertilizers, and various specialty metals. It also owns an interest in certain oil sands leases, and has a partnership interest in an oil sands development project. The company has interests in The Red Dog mine located in northwest Alaska; Highland Valley Copper mine located in south central British Columbia; Antamina mine located in Peru; and The Pend Oreille mine located in northeastern Washington. It also has interests in ELK Valley Coal partnership; and Pogo mine in Alaska; as well as has interests in the Fort Hills Energy Limited partnership, which is developing the oil sands projects in northern Alberta. The company has its operations in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Teck Cominco Limited was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
METALLICA RESOURCES INC (MRB)
Metallica Resources, Inc., a development stage company, engages in the exploration, development, and acquisition of mineral deposits principally in Mexico and Chile. It owns a 100% interest in the Cerro San Pedro gold and silver heap leach project in central Mexico; a 30% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project in northern Chile; and a 100% interest in the Rio Figueroa copper-gold project in northern Chile; and other preliminary stage copper/gold projects in Chile. The company was founded in 1977. It was formerly known as Temple Explorations, Inc. and changed its name to Burgess Point Resources, Inc. in 1987. Further, Burgess Point Resources changed its name to Metallica Resources, Inc. in 1994. Metallica Resources is based in Toronto, Canada.
POLYMET MINING CORP (PLM)
PolyMet Mining Corp. engages in the exploration and development of natural resource properties. The company owns interest in the NorthMet project, a polymetallic project located in northeastern Minnesota, the United States. It also holds an option to acquire interest in the Erie plant in Minnesota. The company was incorporated in 1981 under the name Fleck Resources, Ltd. and changed its name to PolyMet Mining Corp. in 1998. PolyMet Mining Corp. is based in Vancouver, Canada.
BRUSH ENGINEERED MATERIALS INC (BW)
Brush Engineered Materials, Inc. manufactures high-performance engineered materials serving the telecommunications and computer, magnetic and optical data storage, automotive electronics, industrial components, aerospace and defense, and appliance markets. It operates in two segments, The Metal Systems Group and The Microelectronics Group. The Metal Systems Group segment manufactures and sells copper and nickel-based alloy systems; offers beryllium, AlBeMet, and E-materials for use in the aerospace, defense, medical and industrial X-ray equipment, optical scanning, and automation markets; and provides engineered material systems, which are used in electronic and electrical components in telecommunications systems, automotive electronics, semiconductors, and computers. The Microelectronics Group segment manufactures and fabricates precious and nonprecious metal, and specialty metal products for the magnetic and optical data storage, medical, wireless, semiconductor, photonic, and hybrid segments of the microelectronics market. It primarily offers vapor deposition materials, clad and precious metals preforms, high temperature braze materials, ultra fine wire, and sealing lids for the semiconductor/hybrid markets and restorative dental alloys. The company offers its products principally through its sales force, independent distribution centers, and sales representatives primarily in the United States, western Europe, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Brush Engineered Materials is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED (ATI)
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces a range of specialty materials for global markets. It operates in three segments: Flat-Rolled Products, High Performance Metals, and Engineered Products. The Flat-Rolled Products segment produces, converts, and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys, in various product forms, including plate, sheet, strip, engineered strip, and precision rolled strip products, as well as silicon electrical steel sheet, and tool steels. The company's High Performance Metals segment produces, converts, and distributes a range of high performance alloys, including nickel and cobalt based alloys, and superalloys; titanium and titanium-based alloys; exotic alloys, such as zirconium, hafnium, niobium, nickel-titanium, tantalum, and their related alloys; and other specialty materials, primarily in long product forms, such as ingot, billet, bar, rod, wire, and seamless tube. The Engineered Products segment engages primarily in the production of tungsten powder, tungsten heavy alloys, tungsten carbide materials, and carbide cutting tools. It also produces carbon alloy steel impression die forgings, large grey and ductile iron castings, and provides precision metals processing services. The company primarily offers its products to aerospace, construction and mining, chemical processing, oil and gas, automotive, electrical energy, food processing equipment and appliances, machine and cutting tools, transportation, medical, and defense industries. It markets it products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, China, and Japan. Allegheny Technologies is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
RTI INTERNATIONAL METALS INC (RTI)
RTI International Metals, Inc. (RTI) engages in the manufacture of titanium mill products, and the fabrication and distribution of titanium and other specialty metal products for use in the aerospace, oil and gas exploration and production, geo-thermal energy production, chemical processing, and other industries. The company operates in two segments, Titanium Group, and Fabrication and Distribution Group. The Titanium Group manufactures and sells a range of titanium mill products and specialty alloys for use in the ferrous and nonferrous metals industries. The Fabrication and Distribution Group fabricates, machines, assembles, and distributes titanium and other specialty metal parts and components, including alloy, plate, sheet and bar, engineered tubular products, hot-formed and superplastically formed parts, cut shapes, and various specialized cut-to-size programs. RTI also offers business management and consultation services to businesses in the metal industry and other related manufacturing fields. The company offers its products through direct sales force and independent distributors primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Korea. RTI International is headquartered in Niles, Ohio.
CONSOL Energy Inc. engages in the production of multifuel energy and provision of energy services primarily to electric power generation industry in the United States. The company has two units, Coal and Gas. The company's Coal unit engages in the mining, preparation, and marketing of steam coal, sold primarily to power generators; and metallurgical coal, sold to metal and coke producers. This unit includes three segments: Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, and Metallurgical. Each of these segments includes several operating mines. The Northern Appalachian segment includes Shoemaker, Blacksville #2, Robinson Run, McElroy, Bailey, Loveridge, Enlow Fork, and Mine 84 mines. The Central Appalachian segment includes Jones Fork, Mill Creek, and Wiley-Mill Creek mines. The Metallurgical segment includes Buchanan, Amonate, Miles Branch, and V.P. #8 mines. CONSOL's Gas unit produces coalbed methane gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers from its coal properties in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company sells coal through agents, brokers, and unaffiliated trading companies. In addition, CONSOL provides energy services, including terminal services, industrial supply services, and coal waste disposal services. As of December 31, 2004, it had approximately 4.5 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. CONSOL Energy, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
AUGUSTA RESOURCE CORPORATION (AZC)
Augusta Resource Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Canada. It holds interests in Rosemont property located in Pima County, Arizona, which consists of an open-pit copper-molybdenum-silver deposit; and Mount Hamilton and shell properties located in White Pine County, Nevada. The company was founded as Hol-Lac Gold Mines, Limited in 1937 and changed its name to Augusta Resource Corporation in 1997. Augusta Resource Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES INC (CHNR)
China Natural Resources, Inc., through its subsidiary, iSense Limited, provides advertising, promotion, and public relations services in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It offers advertising and promotions services to local and international customers operating in various industries, including technology and new media, healthcare products, and consumer goods. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
FOUNDATION COAL HOLDINGS INC (FCL)
Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. (FCH), through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, process, and sale of coal in the United States. The company produces and sells steam coal to producers of electric power. It also produces and processes metallurgical coal for use in the manufacture of steel. The company has mining operations in the Powder River Basin, Northern Appalachia, Central Appalachia, and the Illinois Basin in the United States. FCH supplies steam coal to U.S. utilities for use in generating electricity, as well as sells steam coal to industrial plants. As of December 31, 2004, the company had approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. As of the same date, it operated 13 mines located in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Illinois. Foundation Coal Holdings is based in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.
Corriente Resources, Inc., a development stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of copper and copper-gold mineral properties in Ecuador, South America. It holds 100% interest in approximately 60,000 hectares located within the Corriente Copper Belt region in Ecuador, which contains 4 copper and copper-gold porphyry deposits, including Mirador, Mirador Norte, Panatza, and San Carlos. The company also holds interests in six additional copper and copper-gold exploration targets, known as La Florida, San Luis, San Marcos, San Miguel, Sutzu, and Trinidad, located within the Corriente Copper Belt region. Corriente Resources was founded in 1983. It was formerly known as Corriente Resources, Inc. and changed its name to Iron King Mines, Inc. in 1990. Further, the company changed its name to Corriente Resources, Inc. in 1992. Corriente Resources is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
WALTER INDUSTRIES INC (WLT)
Walter Industries, Inc. engages in the homebuilding, financing, industrial products, natural resources, and other businesses. Its Homebuilding segment offers detached, single-family residential homes, primarily in the southern United States, as well as provides mortgage financing on a portion of the homes sold. The company's Financing segment offers financing to the homebuyers that is secured by first mortgages and liens, as well as originates mortgage loans by purchasing them from other homebuilders and third parties. Walter Industries' Industrial Products segment manufactures and sells a line of ductile iron pressure pipe, fittings, valves, hydrants, and other cast iron products. Its Natural Resources segment comprises coal mining and methane gas operations. This segment mines and sells coal from three underground mines in Alabama, and extracts and sells natural gas from the coal seams owned or leased by the company. In addition, Walter Industries manufactures and distributes furnace and foundry coke to the steel industry, as well as to the ductile iron foundries. This segment also manufactures specialty chemicals and slag fiber. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
PEABODY ENERGY CORPORATION (BTU)
Peabody Energy Corporation operates as the private sector coal company worldwide. It also markets, brokerages, and trades coal. The company's energy related businesses include the development of mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plants; and management of coal reserve and real estate holdings, coalbed methane production, and transportation services. As of December 31, 2004, Peabody Energy owned and operated 32 mines in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia in the United States; and 4 in Queensland, Australia. As of same date, it had approximately 9.3 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves, as well as approximately 300 million tons of coal reserves in Powder River Basin. The company was founded in 1883 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
MINEFINDERS CORP. LTD (MFN)
Minefinders Corporation, Ltd. engages in the exploration and development of precious and base metal mineral properties primarily in Mexico and the United States. The company owns the Dolores gold and silver deposit, which consists of 9 claims totaling 27,700 hectares in Chihuahua, Mexico. It other mineral properties include the Northern Sonora Properties, which include the La Bolsa gold deposit, Real Viejo silver prospect, and the Planchas de Plata silver prospect in Mexico; the Clear, Dottie, and Gutsy/Buckskin Mountain properties in Nevada; and the Oro Blanco property in Arizona, the United States. The company was organized in 1975 as Twentieth Century Explorations, Inc. and changed its name to Minefinders Corporation, Ltd. in 1979. Minefinders is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
LUDIN MINING CORPORATION (LMC)
Lundin Mining Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, extraction, and processing of base metal, silver and gold mining, and mineral exploration properties in Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Eritrea, Iran, and Canada. The company produces zinc, lead, and silver at the Zinkgruvan Mine located in the southwest of Stockholm, Sweden. It also owns the Galmoy Mine in Country Kilkenny, Ireland; the Neves-Corvo copper mine in Portugal; the Aljustrel mining license and operating permits and the assets of the Aljustrel mine; and Storliden zinc/copper mine and the Norrliden copper/zinc/silver deposit located in Sweden. In addition, the company has interests in the exploration permits located in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden covering an area of approximately 97,000 hectares; 20% back-in right with respect to certain claims in NP Project in northern Finland; 38% interest in the Mehdiabad zinc-lead deposit in Iran; and 100% of the Akie zinc-lead property in northeastern British Columbia. Further, the company has an option to acquire 100% interests in Rakkurijarvi discovery and other prospects in the Norrbotten district of Sweden. Lundin Mining has strategic partnerships with Sunridge Gold Corporation, Sanu Resources, Ltd., and Mantle Resources, Ltd. The company was incorporated in 1994 under the name South Atlantic Diamonds Corp. and changed its name to South Atlantic Resources, Ltd. in 1996. Further, it changed its name to South Atlantic Ventures, Ltd. in 2002 and to Lundin Mining Corporation in 2004. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
URANERZ ENERGY CORPORATION (URZ)
Uranerz Energy Corporation, an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of uranium properties. It owns interests in state mineral leases and federal mining claims in Power River Basin and the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming; Cochrane River Property in Saskatchewan, Canada; and eight exploration licenses in Mongolia. The company was founded in 1999. It was formerly known as Carleton Ventures Corp. and changed its name to Uranerz Energy Corporation in 2005. Uranerz Energy Corporation is based in Vancouver, Canada.
ALMADEN MINERALS LTD (AAU)
Almaden Minerals, Ltd. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties primarily in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The company holds interests in five principal properties, which include the Elk gold and silver property, which comprises the Siwash Gold deposit in Canada; the Skoonka Creek gold prospect in Canada; the Caballo Blanco gold, silver, and copper prospect in Mexico; the Tuligtic copper and gold prospect in Mexico; and the Viky silver, lead, and zinc prospect in Mexico. Its secondary property interests include the Ram prospect, the ATW diamond prospect, the Rock River Coal project, the MOR and Tim prospects, the Nicoamen River prospect, the Merit and Brookmere prospects, and the Logan property in Canada; and the Fuego prospect, the San Carlos prospect, the San Jose claim, the Yago prospect, the Bufa prospect, the Campanario prospect, and the Tropico prospect in Mexico. The company was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
TITANIUM METALS CORPORATION (TIE)
Titanium Metals Corporation produces titanium melted and mill products. The company offers titanium sponge, melted, and mill products for aerospace, industrial, and other applications. Its titanium sponge is the basic form of titanium metal used in processed titanium products. The company's melted products include ingot and slab, which are the result of melting sponge and titanium scrap either alone or with various alloys. Its mill products that are forged and rolled from ingot or slab include long products, such as billet and bar; flat products, which include plate, sheet, and strip; and pipe. The company's fabrication products include spools, pipefittings, manifolds, and vessels that are cut, formed, welded, and assembled from titanium mill products. It sells its products through its sales force in the United States and Europe; and through independent agents and distributors worldwide. Titanium Metals has a joint venture with Baoji Titanium Industry Co., Ltd., Valtimet SAS, and Changzhou Valinox Great Wall Welded Tube Co., Ltd. The company was formed in 1950 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
Cameco Corporation engages in the exploration, development, mining, refining, and conversion of uranium worldwide. It operates in four segments; Uranium, Conversion Services, Nuclear Electricity Generation, and Gold. The Uranium segment involves in the exploration, mining, milling, purchase, and sale of uranium concentrate. This segment operates four mines in Canada and the United States, as well as two mines under development in Canada and central Asia. The Conversion Services segment engages in the refining and conversion of uranium concentrate, and offers conversion services. It operates as a commercial converter of uranium concentrates to uranium hexafluoride, as well as a commercial supplier of services to convert uranium concentrates to uranium dioxide in the western world. The Nuclear Electricity Generation segment involves in the generation and sale of electricity. This segment has a 31.6% limited partnership interest in Bruce Power LP, which operates nuclear electricity generating facility in North America. The Gold segment engages in the exploration, mining, milling, and sale of gold. The company owns 52.7% of Centerra Gold, Inc., which has 100% interest in the Kumtor gold mine in the Kyrgyz Republic, and 95% interest in the Boroo gold mine in Mongolia. Cameco is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.
NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS LP (NRP)
Natural Resource Partners LP (the partnership) primarily engages in the ownership and management of coal properties in Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Powder River Basin in the United States. The partnership leases its properties to coal mine operators in exchange for royalty payments. It controlled approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves, as of December 31, 2004. It also sells standing timber. NRP (GP) LP serves as the general partner to the partnership. Natural Resource Partners was formed in 2002 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
NANOPHASE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (NANX)
Nanophase Technologies Corporation engages in the development and manufacture of nanocrystalline materials. It produces engineered nanomaterials for use in various markets, such as personal care; sunscreens; abrasion-resistant applications; environmental catalysts; antimicrobial products; and a variety of polishing applications, including semiconductors, hard disk drives, and optics. Its manufacturing operations include the production of nanomaterials in the form of powders utilizing two different methods, physical-vapor-synthesis and NanoArc Synthesis. Nanophase also has a large quantity powder coating operation to support its sunscreen business, as well as a dispersion line in support of its chemical-mechanical-planarization, and polishing initiatives and other product and market areas. The company markets its products to target markets and customers, including multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies. It sells its products through a combination of business development and sales activities in collaborative relationships with customers in various markets. The company has strategic partnerships with BASF and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. Nanophase Technologies was co-founded in 1989 by Richard W. Siegel and is headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois.
Arch Coal, Inc. engages in mining, processing, and marketing compliance and low-sulfur coal from mines located in the eastern and western United States. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated or controlled 27 mines and controlled approximately 3.7 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The company sells its coal to producers of electric power, steel producers, and industrial facilities. Arch Coal is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
PENN VIRGINIA RESOURCE PARTNERS LP (PVR)
Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Penn Virginia Operating Co., LLC, leases its coal reserves to various third-party operators. The partnership operates in two segments, Coal Royalty and Land Leasing, and Coal Services. Coal Royalty and Land Leasing segment leases its coal properties in the United States and New Mexico. This segment also engages in the sale of standing timber, as well as in real estate rentals. It holds reserves on six properties: the Wise property in Wise and Lee Counties, Virginia, and Letcher and Harlan Counties, Kentucky; the Coal River property in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Raleigh Counties, West Virginia; the New Mexico property in McKinley County, New Mexico; the northern Appalachia property in Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Monongalia, and Upshur Counties, West Virginia; the Spruce Laurel property in Boone and Logan Counties, West Virginia; and the Buchanan property, in Buchanan County, Virginia. As of December 31, 2004, the partnership held approximately 558 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves located on 241,000 acres in Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexico, and eastern Kentucky, as well as 114,500 surface acres of timberland containing 167 million board feet of timber inventory. Coal Services segment provides coal preparation and transportation services to its lessees and other third-party end-users. The partnership also owns and operates coal handling facilities through its joint venture with Massey Energy Company. Penn Virginia Resource GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the partnership. Penn Virginia Resource Partners was formed in 2001 and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
INTERNATIONAL COAL GROUP INC (ICO)
International Coal Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, processing, and sale of steam and metallurgical coal. It offers coal products from 11 regional mining complexes, which, as of December 31, 2006, were supported by 12 active underground mines, 13 active surface mines, and 8 preparation plants located throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Illinois. The company owned or controlled approximately 317 million tons of metallurgical quality coal reserves and approximately 746 million tons of steam coal reserves, as of the above date. International Coal Group, Inc. primarily serves utilities and industrial customers in the eastern region of the United States. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Scott Depot, West Virginia.
MASSEY ENERGY COMPANY (MEE)
Massey Energy Company engages in the production, processing, and sale of low sulfur bituminous coal of steam and metallurgical grades through its processing and shipping centers called resource groups. These resource groups or mining complexes blend, process, and ship coal that is produced from one or more mines. The company's steam coal is primarily purchased by utilities and industrial clients as fuel for power plants. Its metallurgical coal is used primarily to make coke for use in the manufacture of steel. The company also operates material handling facilities and a synfuel production plant. This plant converts coal products to synthetic fuel. Its customer base includes various electric utilities, steel manufacturers, industrial customers, and energy traders and brokers. As of December 31, 2004, Massey Energy operated 34 underground mines and 15 surface mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. In addition, the company holds interests in operations that produce, gather, and market natural gas from shallow reservoirs in the Appalachian Basin. As of the above date, it owned and operated approximately 156 wells, 184 miles of gathering line, and various small compression facilities in Appalachian Basin. Massey Energy distributes its products through freight and terminal agreements with various providers, including railroads, barge lines, steamship lines, bulk motor carriers and terminal facilities. The company was founded in 1912. It was formerly known as A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and renamed as Massey Energy Company in 2000. Massey Energy is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
NORTH AMERICAN PALLADIUM LTD (PAL)
North American Palladium, Ltd. engages in exploring for and mining platinum group metals, as well as base and precious metals in Canada. The company owns and operates Lac des Iles Mine, its primary property, located in the Thunder Bay District in Ontario, Canada. Its mining and processing operation produces by flotation a palladium rich concentrate. The company's Lac des Iles open pit mine also produces platinum, gold, copper, and nickel as by products. As of December 31, 2004, its open pit reserves contained an estimated 2.01 million ounces of palladium and platinum, and the underground reserves contained an estimated 754,000 ounces of palladium. North American Palladium sells its concentrates and refined palladium to automotive manufacturers under a sales contract. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
STILLWATER MINING COMPANY (SWC)
Stillwater Mining Company (SMC) engages in the exploration, development, extraction, processing, and refining of palladium, platinum, and associated minerals (PGMs) in Montana, the Unites States. The company's mining operations consist of the Stillwater Mine located on the J-M Reef in Nye; the East Boulder Mine located in Sweet Grass County; and a smelter and refinery located in Columbus. At December 31, 2004, SMC had proven and probable ore reserves of approximately 41.6 million tons with an average grade of 0.57 ounce of PGMs per ton containing approximately 23.9 million ounces of palladium and platinum. The company was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Billings, Montana.
ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS L.P (ARLP)
Alliance Resource Partners, L. P. engages in the production and marketing of steam coal to utilities and industrial users in the United States. The company's mining activities are organized into three regions: the Illinois Basin operations, the East Kentucky operations, and the Maryland operations. The Illinois Basin mining operations are located in western Kentucky, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana. The East Kentucky mining operations are located in the central Appalachia coal fields, which produce low-sulfur coal, and operate two mining complexes. The Maryland mining operation is located in the northern Appalachia coal fields. The company also offers ash and scrubber sludge removal, coal yard maintenance, and arranging alternate transportation services. In addition, Alliance Resource Partners resells coal primarily to utility customers. As of December 31, 2004, the company had approximately 442.4 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia. Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC and Alliance Resource GP, LLC serve as the general partners of the company. Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., was formed in 1999 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
U.S. Energy Corp., through a joint venture, USECC Joint Venture, engages in the development and production of mineral resources. The company owns interests in properties prospective for gold, uranium, vanadium, and molybdenum located primarily in central Wyoming. It also engages in commercial real estate activities. U.S. Energy Corp. was formed in 1966 and is headquartered in Riverton, Wyoming.
METALLINE MINING COMPANY (MMG)
Metalline Mining Company, through its subsidiaries Minera Metalin S.A. de C.V. and Contratistas de Sierra Mojada S.A. de C.V., engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Mexico. It primarily explores for silver, copper, zinc, and lead deposits. As of October 31, 2006, the company owned 100% interest in Sierra Mojada property comprising 12 concessions covering approximately 10,522.2462 hectares located in the municipality of Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico. Metalline Mining was founded in 1993 and is based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
WESTMORELAND COAL COMPANY (WLB)
Westmoreland Coal Company operates as an energy company in the United States. It owns coal mines in Montana, North Dakota, and Texas. The company produces coal from surface mines and supplies to power plants that generate electricity. Its power operations include ownership interests in two coal-fired and one natural gas-fired generating plant. As of December 31, 2004, Westmoreland had approximately 403364 million tons of coal reserves. The company also owns interests in nonregulated independent power plants. Westmoreland Coal Company was founded in 1854 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
JAMES RIVER COAL COMPANY (JRCC)
James River Coal Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and selling coal in eastern Kentucky. The company provides bituminous, low sulfur, steam, and industrial grade coal to electric utility and industrial customers located in the southeastern region of the United States. As of December 31, 2004, the company had 207.4 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves. James River Coal Company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
USEC, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies low enriched uranium (LEU) for commercial nuclear power plants worldwide. It sells separative work units and uranium components of LEU, as well as uranium. SWU is a standard unit of measurement that represents the effort required to transform a given amount of natural uranium into two components: enriched uranium having a higher percentage of U235 and depleted uranium having a lower percentage of U235. The company also performs contract work for Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE contractors at the Paducah and Portsmouth plants, which include the maintenance of the Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant in a state of readiness or cold standby, processing out-of-specification uranium, and provision of infrastructure support services. In addition, USEC provides nuclear energy solutions and services, including design, fabrication, and implementation of spent nuclear fuel technologies; nuclear materials transportation; and nuclear fuel cycle consulting services, such as planning, market research and analysis, price forecasts, procurement strategies, and other services. USEC was created in 1993 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.
NATIONAL COAL CORP (NCOC)
National Coal Corp. (NCC), through its subsidiaries, engages in coal mining business in eastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. It produces coal by locating, assembling, leasing, assessing, permitting, and developing coal properties. The company sells its coal products to state operated electric utilities and industrial concerns in the immediate and surrounding states. As of March 31, 2005, NCC owned and leased approximately 107,000 acres of coal mineral rights. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.