Consmin, a leading manganese ore producer with mining operations in Australia and Ghana, announces its quarterly results for the period ended 31 March 2012.
|Unaudited||31 March 2012||31 March 2011||% change|
|Manganese ore produced (dry kt)||756.1||802.6||(5.8%)|
|Manganese ore sales (dry kt)||580.5||799.4||(27.4%)|
|Average C1 manganese unit cash cost ($/dmtu)¹||3.27||3.51||(6.8%)|
|Average C1 manganese unit cash cost restated to||3.16||3.51||(10.0%)|
|average Q1 2011 FX rate ($/dmtu)¹|
|Average manganese FOB Sales price ($/dmtu)||3.95||5.33||(25.9%)|
|Chromite ore produced (kt)||111.6||55.4||101.4%|
|Chromite sales (kt)||75.5||46.6||62.0%|
|Average C1 chromite unit cash cost ($/t)¹||192||280||(31.4%)|
|Average chromite FOB sales price ($/t)||201||303||(33.7%)|
|Revenue ($ million)||98.0||171.4||(42.8%)|
|Adjusted EBITDA ($ million)²||4.7||59.1||(92.0%)|
|‘Cash’ EBITDA ($ million)³||(20.6)||42.7||(148.2%)|
|(Loss) /profit for the year||(11.5)||22.0||(152.3%)|
|Quarter ended||Year ended|
|Unaudited||31 March 2012||31 December 2011||% change|
|Cash and cash equivalents ($ million)||145.4||155.2||(6.3%)|
|Gross debt ($ million)||(409.9)||(417.4)||(1.8%)|
|Gross debt excluding high yield bonds ($ million)||(48.6)||(44.0)||10.5%|
|Net debt/(cash) ($ million)||(264.5)||(262.2)||0.9%|
“In what was a difficult first quarter, Consmin once again produced a strong operational performance with consistent volumes of manganese ore produced and a doubling in the volume of chromite ore produced compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Sales volumes were weaker in the quarter due to the impact of the cyclones in Australia delaying shipments, and a slower Chinese EMM sector. As a result of a combination of this and the lower sales prices for manganese and chromite ore, revenues fell compared to the prior quarter. The Group is confident that it will recover the sales volume shortfall in the remainder of the year. Post the end of the quarter, improved Chinese steel sentiment combined with Chinese port stocks’ continuing to be drawn down has resulted with the benchmark price increasing by 5% for May shipments and a further 3% for June shipments.
Manganese C1 cash costs continued to reduce as a result of the successful implementation of cost reduction initiatives.
The Company is delighted to announce the senior appointments of Paul Muller and Malcolm McComas. Paul Muller joins us as Managing Director for the Australian Operations. He has a strong mining operations background, having held executive roles within mining organisations including Leighton Contractors and most recently BHP Billiton Iron Ore. Paul has recent relevant experience with transitioning from contract mining to owner-operator. Malcolm joins the Board as Senior Independent Director. Malcolm has more than 25 years of investment banking experience including leadership roles in several global financial institutions with experience in equity and debt finance, acquisitions, divestments and privatisations across a range of industry sectors.”
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 1534 513 300
Jackie Callaway, Chief Financial Officer
Peter Allen, Managing Director, Marketing
Paul Muller, Managing Director, Australia
Jurgen Eijgendaal, Managing Director, Ghana
There will be a conference call for analysts and bondholders on 30 May 2012 at 4pm BST (British Summer Time).
To access the quarterly results conference call, you must first register in advance on:
The quarterly results conference call, conference ID 77633617, can then be accessed by dialling:
UK: +44 1452 580 655
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