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16 • ROCK products • September 2017 www.rockproducts.com FRAC SAND INSIDER Select Sands Corp. announced financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2017. Revenue more than doubled to $3.1 million CAD from $1.5 million in the first quarter 2017. Second quarter revenue would have been greater, except for lost sales volumes of 8,000 to 12,000 tons due to a pause in shipping during the May flood in Arkansas, and the installation of a vertical shaft impact crusher at the Freeze Farm Wet Processing Facility. Second quarter 2017 sales volumes for total frac and indus- trial sand increased 136 percent from the first quarter. Included in first quarter capital spending was $1.3 million for the purchase of the Bell Farm Property. As of June 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $3.4 million, inventory on hand was $2.3 million and accounts receivable was $3.1 million. The primary driver of the $1.7 million increase in accounts receivable from the $1.4 million balance as of March 31, 2017, was the rapid growth in sales in the latter part of the second quarter Zig Vitols, president and chief executive officer, commented, "Considering that we only began commercial production at the beginning of this year and the impact of flooding during May, I am extremely pleased with our results for the second quarter. Driving our results was the hard work of our employees and I want to personally thank all of them for their continued dedication and efforts." U.S. Silica Acquires Mississippi Sand U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. has acquired Mississippi Sand LLC, a frac sand mining and logistics company based in St. Louis, for $95.4 million in cash. The plant, located in Festus, Mo., is capable of producing 1.2 million tons annually of mostly fine grade sand. Nearly two-thirds of its total production is 40/70 mesh that is in the highest demand today from customers. The plant can be expanded to 1.6 million tons of production per year with a modest capital investment. Mississippi Sand controls more than 30 million tons of high-quality frac sand reserves on 650 acres through a long-term lease agreement. The facility is located 40 miles southeast of U.S. Silica's Pacific, Mo., mine and plant. Mississippi Sand's distribution network is composed of five barge terminals and three rail terminals, two of which are unit train-capable, with a combined annual throughput of 2.2 million tons. The terminals serve many of the top basins, including the Mid-Continent, Marcellus/Utica, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Permian and the DJ basins. The plant enjoys some of lowest landed costs in the industry to the Haynesville and the Northeast through highly efficient barging. Currently, approximately 70 percent of the facility's volumes are being sold into these two basins. Mississippi Sand's rail terminals have access to most of the major Class 1 railroads, offering further optionality on origin and desti- nation pairings. The acquisition also includes an approximately 1-million-tpy dry plant located near Seagraves, Texas. The plant is currently idled but could be utilized in the future as part of U.S. Silica's in-basin strategy in the Permian. "We're very pleased with the addition of this new low-cost facility with high-quality reserves and flexible logistics, which we believe will greatly complement our product offerings from Pacific,'' said Bryan Shinn, president and chief exec- utive officer. "Pacific has some of the highest quality sand in our portfolio, one of the reasons why it operated at close to full capacity through the downturn," he explained. "This acquisition will enable us to nearly double the size of our capacity from the area and take advantage of multiple modes of distribution to better serve our customers and enhance our competitive position in the marketplace.'' Shinn also noted that like Pacific, Mississippi Sand has the flexibility to sell some of its products to Industrial and Spe- cialty Products customers as well. Mississippi Sand's high-quality products and efficient logistics have resulted in a strong customer base. The company cur- rently has five long-term contracts in place with both oil field service and exploration and production companies covering more than 80 percent of its stated capacity. The bulk of the contracts are take-or-pay agreements and run through the beginning of 2020. U.S. Silica will use cash on hand to fund the acquisition. The transaction is expected to be accretive to the company's earn- ings per share in the third quarter of 2017. "The acquisition of Mississippi Sand is a good use of our cash as it helps us further consolidate the frac sand space,'' said Don Merril, executive vice president and chief financial offi- cer. "We plan to continue to use our strong balance sheet to fund value-added investments that will benefit our customers and other stakeholders.'' Select Sands Doubles Revenue in Second Quarter

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