SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(a) or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015
Commission file number: 1-14228
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Province or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Primary Standard Industrial Classification Code Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification)
2121 - 11th Street West, Saskatoon,
S7M 1J3, Telephone: (306) 956-6200
(Address and telephone number of Registrants principal executive offices)
James Dobchuk, Cameco Inc.,
One Southwest Crossing, Suite 210,
11095 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, Minnesota,
Telephone: (952) 941-2470
(Name, address, (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code)
of agent for service in the United States)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Class: Common Shares, no par value
Name of Exchange where Securities are listed: New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: None
Information filed with this Form:
|x Annual Information Form||x Audited annual financial statements|
Number of outstanding shares of each of the issuers classes of
capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:
395,792,522 Common Shares outstanding as of December 31, 2015
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
x Yes ¨ No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit and post such files).
¨ Yes ¨ No
Certain statements in this Form 40-F constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In Exhibit 99.1 see Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements.
Certifications and Disclosure Regarding Controls and Procedures.
|(a)||Certifications regarding controls and procedures. See Exhibits 99.9 and 99.10.|
|(b)||Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures. As of December 31, 2015 an evaluation of the effectiveness of Cameco Corporations disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act)), was carried out by Cameco Corporations Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Based on that evaluation, the CEO and CFO have concluded that as of such date Cameco Corporations disclosure controls and procedures are effective to provide a reasonable level of assurance that information required to be disclosed by Cameco Corporation in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) rules and forms.|
It should be noted that while the CEO and CFO believe that Cameco Corporations disclosure controls and procedures provide a reasonable level of assurance that they are effective, they do not expect the disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting to be capable of preventing all errors and fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived or operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met.
|(c)||Managements annual report on internal control over financial reporting. Management, including Cameco Corporations CEO and CFO, is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as that term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) for Cameco Corporation. Management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting based on the Internal Control Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this evaluation, management concluded that Cameco Corporations internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2015.|
|(d)||Attestation report of the registered public accounting firm. The effectiveness of Cameco Corporations internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2015 was audited by KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report in Exhibit 99.6 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.|
|(e)||Changes in internal control over financial reporting. During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, there were no changes in Cameco Corporations internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, Cameco Corporations internal control over financial reporting.|
Audit & Finance Committee Financial Expert. Cameco Corporations board of directors has determined that at least two of the members of its audit and finance committee (the audit committee) are audit committee financial experts. The audit committee financial experts are John Clappison and Ian Bruce. Mr. Bruce has been determined by Cameco Corporations board of directors to be an independent director as such term is defined under the Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 52-110 (Audit Committees) (NI 52-110), the Commissions audit committee independence requirements, and the rules of the New York Stock Exchange relating to the independence of audit committee members.
Mr. Clappison has been determined to be an independent director by Cameco Corporations board of directors under NI 52-110, which is the Canadian corporate governance rule that applies to Cameco Corporation, and under the Commissions audit committee independence requirements. However, Mr. Clappisons son-in-law is a partner at KPMG LLP, the auditors of Cameco Corporation, and therefore Mr. Clappison is deemed to be a non-independent director as such term is used in the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Clappisons son-in-law is prohibited from being engaged in the Cameco Corporation audit. Under the rules of the Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), such relationship does not impair the independence of KPMG LLP.
Information concerning the relevant experience of Mr. Clappison and Mr. Bruce is included in their biographical information contained in Cameco Corporations Annual Information Form in Exhibit 99.1. The Commission has indicated that the designation of a person as an audit committee financial expert does not make such person an expert for any purpose, impose any duties, obligations or liability on such person that are greater than those imposed on members of the audit committee and board of directors who do not carry this designation, or affect the duties, obligations or liability of any other member of the audit committee or board of directors.
Code of Ethics. Cameco Corporations code of conduct and ethics (the Code) is applicable to all directors, officers and employees of Cameco Corporation, including the CEO and CFO. The Code, as well as Cameco Corporations corporate governance practices and mandates of the board of directors and its committees, and position descriptions for the chief executive officer and the non-executive chair, can be found on Cameco Corporations website at www.cameco.com under About Governance and are also available in print to any shareholder upon request. Since the adoption of the Code, there have not been any waivers, including implied waivers, from any provision of the Code. In 2015, we amended our previously filed Code and made non-substantive changes including updates to pictures, document titles, document referencing and contact information.
The Code was furnished to the Commission on February 4, 2016 as Exhibit 1 to a report on Form 6-K and is incorporated by reference herein as Exhibit 99.22.
Principal Accountant Fees and Services. See Exhibit 99.4.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements. In the normal course of operations, Cameco Corporation enters into certain transactions that are not required to be recorded on its balance sheet. These activities include the issuing of financial assurances, long-term product purchase contracts, other arrangements, as well as terms under certain financing arrangements at its subsidiary, NUKEM Energy GmbH (NUKEM). These arrangements are disclosed in the following sections of Exhibit 99.3 2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis and the notes to the financial statements in Exhibit No 99.2 2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements:
|(a)||Financial assurances. In the 2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis, see the disclosure at Off-balance sheet arrangements (page 41). In the 2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements, see the disclosure at note 15 of the financial statements.|
|(b)||Long-term product purchase contracts. In the 2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis, see the disclosure at Off-balance sheet arrangements (page 41).|
|(c)||Other arrangements. In the 2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis, see the disclosure at Off-balance sheet arrangements (pages 41-42). In the 2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements, see the disclosure at note 27 of the financial statements.|
|(d)||NUKEM financing arrangements. In the 2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis, see the disclosure at NUKEM financing arrangement (page 41). In the 2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements, see the disclosure at note 8 to the financial statements.|
Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations. See Exhibit 99.5.
Identification of the Audit Committee. Cameco Corporation has a separately-designated standing audit committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act. Cameco Corporations audit committee is comprised of: John Clappison (chair), Ian Bruce, Daniel Camus, Catherine Gignac and Nancy Hopkins.
Audited Annual Financial Statements. Cameco Corporations Consolidated Audited Financial Statements as at December 31, 2015 and 2014, including the related report of the independent registered public accounting firm, is included in Exhibit 99.7 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) Standards.
Mine Safety Disclosure. Neither Cameco Corporation nor any of its subsidiaries is the operator of any coal or other mine, as those terms are defined in section 3 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 802), that is subject to the provisions of such Act (30 U.S.C. 801 et seq.). Therefore, the provisions of Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Item 16 of General Instruction B to Form 40-F requiring disclosure concerning mine safety violations and other regulatory matters do not apply to Cameco Corporation or any of its subsidiaries or U.S. mines.
Disclosure Pursuant to the Requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.
|(a)||Corporate governance practices. Disclosure of the significant ways in which Cameco Corporations corporate governance practices differ from those required for U.S. companies under the NYSE listing standards can be found on Cameco Corporations website at www.cameco.com under About Governance.|
|(b)||Presiding director at meetings of non-management directors. Cameco Corporation schedules regular director sessions in which Cameco Corporations non-management directors (as that term is defined in the rules of the NYSE) meet without management participation. Mr. Neil McMillan, as non-executive chair of Cameco Corporation, serves as the presiding director (the Presiding Director) at such sessions. Each of Cameco Corporations non-management directors is independent as such term is used in the rules of the NYSE with the exception of Donald Deranger and John Clappison. Cameco Corporations criteria for director independence are available on Cameco Corporations website at www.cameco.com under About Governance.|
|(c)||Communication with non-management directors. Shareholders may send communications to Cameco Corporations Presiding Director or non-management directors by mailing (by regular mail or other means of delivery) to the corporate head office at 2121 11th Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7M 1J3 a sealed envelope marked Private and Strictly Confidential -Attention: Chair of the Board of Directors of Cameco Corporation. Any such envelope will be delivered unopened to the Presiding Director for appropriate action. The status of all outstanding concerns addressed to the Presiding Director will be reported to the board of directors as appropriate.|
Corporate governance guidelines. According to Section 303A.09 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, a listed company must adopt and disclose a set of corporate governance guidelines with respect to specified topics. Such guidelines and the charters of the listed companys most important
|committees of the board of directors are required to be posted on the listed companys website and be available in print to any shareholder upon request. Cameco Corporation operates under corporate governance guidelines that are consistent with the requirements of Section 303A.09 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. Cameco Corporations corporate governance guidelines and the charters of its most important committees of the board of directors can be found at Cameco Corporations website at www.cameco.com under About Governance and are available in print to any shareholder who requests them.|
|(e)||Independent directors. The names of Cameco Corporations non-management directors are: Ian Bruce; Daniel Camus; John Clappison; James Curtiss; Donald Deranger; Catherine Gignac; James Gowans; Nancy Hopkins; Don Kayne; Anne McLellan; and Neil McMillan. Each of the non-management directors is independent, as such term is used in the rules of the NYSE with the exception of Donald Deranger and John Clappison.|
|99.1||2015 Annual Information Form|
|99.2||2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements|
|99.3||2015 Managements Discussion and Analysis|
|99.4||Principal Accountant Fees and Services|
|99.5||Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations|
|99.6||Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Internal Control Over Financial Reporting|
|99.7||Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) Standards|
|99.8||Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm|
|99.9||Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended|
|99.10||Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended|
|99.11||Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002|
|99.12||Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002|
|99.13||Consent of Alain G. Mainville, P. Geo.|
|99.14||Consent of C. Scott Bishop, P. Eng.|
|99.15||Consent of Leslie (Les) D. Yesnik, P. Eng.|
|99.16||Consent of Darryl Clark, P. Geo.|
|99.17||Consent of Lawrence Reimann, P. Eng.|
|99.18||Consent of Bryan Soliz, P. Geo.|
|99.19||Consent of Baoyao Tang, P. Eng.|
|99.20||Consent of David Bronkhorst, P. Eng.|
|99.21||Code of Conduct and Ethics (as amended and restated as of October 2015) (incorporated by reference to Cameco Corporations Form 6-K, furnished to the Commission on February 4, 2016)|
UNDERTAKING AND CONSENT TO SERVICE OF PROCESS
Cameco Corporation undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the Commission staff, information relating to: the securities registered pursuant to Form 40-F; the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an annual report on Form 40-F arises; or transactions in said securities.
Consent to Service of Process
Cameco Corporation has previously filed a Form F-X in connection with the class of securities in relation to which the obligation to file this report arises.
Any change to the name or address of the agent for service of process of Cameco Corporation shall be communicated promptly to the Commission by an amendment to the Form F-X referencing the file number of the relevant registration statement.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, Cameco Corporation certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.
DATED this 29th day of March, 2016.
|Name: Grant Isaac|
|Title: Senior Vice-President and|
|Chief Financial Officer|