The Saskatoon-based company will have to pay $122,000 U.S., far below the $122 million that had been proposed.
“We are encourage by this outcome as we believe it confirms, from an IRS perspective, our view that our structure and transfer pricing arrangements are appropriate,” said Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel in a statement.
The dispute was for the tax years 2009 through 2012 and centred on whether Cameco set up a subsidiary in low-tax Switzerland and sold its uranium at a low price simply to avoid tax.
Cameco is facing a similar tax dispute with the Canadian Revenue Agency.
The CRA is looking to shift an estimated $7.4 billion in foreign earnings between 2003 and 2015 back to Canada, which could result in a potential $2.2 billion tax bill.
Cameco has maintained it was a legal and sound business practice.
The company continues to face difficult market conditions and word of the settlement comes as Cameco reports a loss of $2 million dollars for its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $137 million a year ago.
Gitzel said the company has taken action to address lower uranium prices.
“In the current environment, we have reduced supply, avoided selling into a weak spot market, resisted locking-in long-term commitments at today’s low prices (and) significantly reduced costs,” Gitzel said in his statement.
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Revenue in the quarter came in at $470 million, up from $466 million.
With files from The Canadian Press