Consmin, a leading manganese ore producer with mining operations in Australia and Ghana, announces its quarterly results for the period ended 30 September 2013.
|Quarter ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Unaudited||30 Sept 2013||30 Sept 2012
|% change||30 Sept 2013||30 Sept 2012
|Manganese ore produced (dry kt)||891.5||873.5||2.1%||2,584.7||2,495.4||3.6%|
|Manganese ore sales (dry kt)||991.4||748.6||32.4%||2,628.1||2,154.5||22.0%|
|Average C1 manganese unit cash cost ($/dmtu)1||2.45||2.93||(16.4%)||2.50||3.05||(18.0%)|
|Average manganese FOB Sales price ($/dmtu)||4.84||4.44||9.0%||4.91||4.27||15.0%|
|Chromite ore produced (kt)||81.2||109.3||(25.7%)||300.6||331.7||(9.4%)|
|Chromite sales (kt)||70.1||157.8||(55.6%)||271.9||367.8||(26.1%)|
|Average C1 chromite unit cash cost ($/t)1||150||212||(29.2%)||161||208||(22.6%)|
|Average chromite FOB sales price ($/t)||177||198||(10.6%)||204||211||(3.3%)|
|Revenue ($ million)||186.7||149.7||24.7%||520.2||411.9||26.3%|
|Adjusted EBITDA ($ million)2||92.4||15.2||507.9%||221.9||51.9||327.6%|
|‘Cash’ EBITDA ($ million)4||86.0||29.3||193.5%||203.8||47.3||330.9%|
|Profit / (Loss) for the period||122.1||(5.1)||2494.1%||178.5||(11.0)||1722.7%|
|Quarter Ended||Year Ended|
|Unaudited||30 Sept 2013||31 December 2012||% change|
|Cash and cash equivalents ($ million)||227.4||86.3||163.5%|
|Gross debt ($ million)||(267.3)||(385.6)||(30.7%)|
|Gross debt excluding high yield bonds ($ million)||(19.9)||(31.0)||(35.8%)|
|Net debt ($ million)||(39.9)||(299.3)||(86.7%)|
“Consmin has continued to deliver exceptional performance in Q3 with a $77 million increase in adjusted EBITDA to $92 million resulting from a substantial (32%) increase in manganese sales volumes, due to strong demand for both Australian and Ghanaian ore, along with a 9% increase in manganese FOB pricing and a 16% reduction in cash costs. Manganese production increased by 2% in Q3 2013.
During the quarter the Company sold its shareholding in its associate BC Iron realising a profit of $46 million and net cash proceeds of $102 million. During the quarter the Company also spent an additional $47 million on the buy-back of its bonds and a further $21 million after the quarter end. As a result of these transactions and the continued strong operating cashflows generated by the business the cash position increased to $227 million from $86 million at the start of the year and net debt reduced to $40 million from $299 million over the same period. This strong liquidity position enables the Group to continue to look at strategic investment opportunities.”
Consmin is a leading manganese ore producer within mining operations in Australia and Ghana. The principal activities of the Company and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) are the exploration, mining, processing and sale of manganese products. The Group’s operations are primarily conducted through four major operating/trading subsidiaries: Consolidated Minerals Pty Limited (Australia), Ghana Manganese Company Limited (Ghana), Manganese Trading Limited (Jersey) and Pilbara Trading Limited (Jersey).
Consolidated Minerals Limited is headquartered in Jersey and the address of its office is Commercial House, 3 Commercial Street, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE2 3RU.
For further information, please visit our website www.consmin.com or contact:
+44 (0) 1534 513 300
Peter Allen, Managing Director, Marketing
Jurgen Eijgendaal, Managing Director, Ghana
Paul Muller, Managing Director, Australia
David Slater, Group Chief Financial Officer
There will be a conference call for analysts and bondholders on 27 November 2013 at 1pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
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The quarterly results conference call, conference ID 97483629, can then be accessed by dialling:
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All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although Consmin’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Consmin, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements contained in this report. Factors that could cause or contribute to differences between the actual results, performance and achievements of Consmin include, but are not limited to, political, economic and business conditions, industry trends, competition, commodity prices, changes in regulation, currency fluctuations (including the Australian dollar and US dollar exchange rates), Consmin’s ability to recover its reserves or develop new reserves, including its ability to convert its resources into reserves and its mineral potential into resources or reserves, and to timely and successfully process its mineral reserves which may or may not occur. Consmin is also exposed to the risk of trespass, theft and vandalism, changes in its business strategy, as well as risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development, mining and production. Accordingly, investors should not place reliance on forward looking statements contained in this report.
The forward-looking statements in this report reflect information available at the time of preparing this report. Subject to the requirements of the applicable law, Consmin explicitly disclaims any obligation or undertaking publicly to release the result of any revisions to any forward- looking statements in this report that may occur due to any change in Consmin’s expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report. No statements made in this report regarding expectations of future profits are profit forecasts or estimates, and no statements made in this report should be interpreted to mean that Consmin’s profits for any future period will necessarily match or exceed the historical published profits of Consmin or any other level.