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17.04.2012 22:30  | Business Wire

Intrepid Potash, Inc. Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2012 Sales and Production Results and Schedules First Quarter 2012 Conference Call


Intrepid Potash, Inc. ('Intrepid?) (NYSE:IPI) announced today
preliminary sales and production results for the first quarter 2012.

Preliminary Sales and Operational Results


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Preliminary
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2012

Potash


Production tons

215,000 - 225,000

Sales tons

200,000 - 210,000

Average Net Realized Sales Price ($ / ton)

$470 - $480

Cash COGS, net of

byproduct credit ($ / ton)

$190 - $200

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Total COGS ($ / ton)

$250 - $260

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Trio ?


Production tons

30,000 ? 35,000

Sales tons

25,000 ? 30,000

Average Net Realized Sales Price* ($ / ton)

$295 - $305

Cash COGS, net of

byproduct credit ($ / ton)

$220 - $230

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Total COGS ($ / ton)

$295 - $305

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Selling & Administrative Costs

$8 - $10 million

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On a preliminary basis, during the first quarter of 2012, Intrepid
estimates that it produced between 215,000 and 225,000 tons of potash
and sold between 200,000 and 210,000 tons of potash. Production results
for the first quarter include the seasonal harvest from the Moab, Utah
mine.


Intrepid estimates that its average net realized sales price for potash
sold during the quarter was approximately $470 ? $480 per ton. We expect
the drawdown of potash inventory held by retailers and distributors to
continue into the second quarter and expect that dealers will look to
end the spring season with minimal inventories of product in their bins.


Intrepid′s cash cost of goods sold for potash for the first quarter of
2012, net of by-product credits, is estimated to be between $190 and
$200 per ton.


On a preliminary basis, during the first quarter of 2012, Intrepid
estimates that it produced approximately 30,000 ? 35,000 tons of Trio ?
and sold approximately 25,000 ? 30,000 tons of Trio ?.
Intrepid estimates that its average net realized sales price for Trio ?
during the quarter increased to approximately $295 ? $305 per ton. We
believe the strength in Trio ? pricing is partially
attributable to customers placing value on the magnesium and sulfate
contained in this specialty nutrient. Trio ? sales during the
quarter were limited by our production and low inventory levels, as the
demand for Trio ? remained strong. We anticipate increased Trio ?
production once the Dense Media Separation component of the Langbeinite
Recovery Improvement Project is fully commissioned during the second the
quarter of 2012.


Intrepid reports 'average net realized sales price,? which is an
operating performance measure. Average net realized sales prices are
derived by subtracting freight costs from gross sales revenue and then
dividing this result by sales tons.

First Quarter 2012 Conference Call


Intrepid is scheduled to release first quarter 2012 financial results
after market close on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The teleconference call to
discuss first quarter 2012 results is scheduled for Thursday, May 3,
2012, at 8:00 a.m. MDT (10:00 a.m. EDT). The call participation number
is (800) 319-4610. A recording of the conference call will be available
two hours after the completion of the call at (800) 319-6413.
International participants can dial (412) 858-4600 to take part in the
conference call and can access a replay of the call at (412) 317-0088.
The replay of the call will require the input of the conference
identification number 763324. The call will also be streamed on the
Intrepid website, www.intrepidpotash.com.
In addition, the press release announcing first quarter 2012 results
will be available on the Intrepid website before the call under
'Investor Relations - Press Releases.' An audio recording of the
conference call will be available at www.intrepidpotash.com
through June 3, 2012.


Intrepid is the largest producer of potash in the U.S. and is dedicated
to the production and marketing of potash and Trio ?, a
product produced from langbeinite ore. Intrepid owns five active potash
production facilities -- three in New Mexico and two in Utah.


Intrepid routinely posts important information about its business on its
website under the Investor Relations tab. The website address for
Intrepid is www.intrepidpotash.com.


Certain statements in this press release, and other written or oral
statements made by or on behalf of us, are 'forward-looking statements?
within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding
future events and developments and our future performance, as well as
management's expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections
relating to the future, including statements regarding our financial
outlook, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these
laws. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, there
can be no assurance that the expectations will be realized. These
forward-looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown
risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control that could
cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from such
statements. These risks and uncertainties include:


  • changes in the price of potash or Trio ?;

  • operational difficulties at our facilities that limit production of
    our products;

  • interruptions in rail or truck transportation services;

  • the ability to hire and retain qualified employees and contractors;

  • changes in demand or supply for potash or Trio ?/langbeinite;

  • changes in our reserve estimates;

  • the costs and our ability to successfully construct, commission and
    execute the projects that are essential to our business strategy,
    including the development of our HB Solar Solution mine, the further
    development of our langbeinite recovery and granulation assets, and
    our North granulation plant;

  • adverse weather events at our facilities, including events affecting
    net evaporation rates at our solar solution mining operations;

  • changes in the prices of raw materials, including the price of
    chemicals, natural gas and power;

  • fluctuations in the costs of transporting our products to customers;

  • changes in labor costs and availability of labor with mining expertise;

  • the impact of federal, state or local government regulations,
    including environmental and mining regulations, and the enforcement of
    those regulations;

  • obtaining permitting from applicable federal and state agencies
    related to the construction and operation of assets;

  • competition in the fertilizer industry;

  • declines in U.S. or world agricultural production;

  • declines in use by the oil and gas industry of potash products in
    drilling operations;

  • changes in economic conditions;

  • our ability to comply with covenants inherent in our current and
    future debt obligations to avoid defaulting under those agreements;

  • disruption in credit markets;

  • our ability to secure additional federal and state potash leases to
    expand our existing mining operations;

  • governmental policy changes that may adversely affect our business; and

  • the other risks and uncertainties detailed in our periodic filings
    with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


The forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as
of the date of this press release, April 17, 2012. Subsequent events and
developments may cause our forward-looking statements to change, and we
will not undertake efforts to update or revise publicly any
forward-looking statements to reflect new information or future events
or circumstances after this date.

Intrepid Potash, Inc.

William I. Kent, 303-296-3006





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