Consmin, a leading manganese ore producer with mining operations in Australia and Ghana, announces its quarterly results for the period ended 30 June 2012.
|Quarter ended||Six months ended|
|Unaudited||30 June 2012||30 June 2011||% change||30 June 2012||30 June 2011||% change|
|Manganese ore produced (dry kt)||865.8||787.6||9.9%||1,621.9||1,581.1||2.6%|
|Manganese ore sales (dry kt)||825.4||883.7||(6.6%)||1,405.9||1,683.1||(16.5%)|
|Average C1 manganese unit cash cost ($/dmtu)1||3.00||3.78||(20.6%)||3.12||3.65||(14.5%)|
|Average C1 manganese unit cash cost restated to||3.12||3.70||(15.7%)||3.12||3.65||(14.5%)|
|corresponding average 2011 FX rate ($/dmtu) 1|
|Average manganese FOB Sales price ($/dmtu)||4.35||4.93||(11.8%)||4.19||5.12||(18.2%)|
|Chromite ore produced (kt)||110.8||76.2||45.4%||222.4||131.6||69.0%|
|Chromite sales (kt)||134.5||46.2||191.1%||210.0||92.8||126.3%|
|Average C1 chromite unit cash cost ($/t)1||222||250||(11.2%)||207||263||(21.3%)|
|Average chromite FOB sales price ($/t)||231||261||(11.5%)||221||282||(21.6%)|
|Revenue ($ million)||164.2||176.9||(7.2%)||262.2||348.3||(24.7%)|
|Adjusted EBITDA ($ million)2||17.4||31.5||(44.8%)||22.1||90.6||(75.6%)|
|‘Cash’ EBITDA ($ million)3||38.6||35.1||10.0%||18.0||77.8||(76.9%)|
|Profit / (loss) for the period||6.6||(20.8)||(131.7%)||(5.0)||1.2||(516.7%)|
|Quarter ended||Year ended|
|Unaudited||30 June 2012||31 December 2011||% change|
|Cash and cash equivalents ($ million)||117.5||155.2||(24.3%)|
|Gross debt ($ million)||(359.9)||(417.4)||(13.8%)|
|Gross debt excluding high yield bonds ($ million)||(6.8)||(44.0)||(84.5%)|
|Net debt/(cash) ($ million)||(242.4)||(262.2)||(7.6%)|
1 Average C1 manganese or chromite unit cash cost represents the cash cost incurred at each processing stage from mining through to shiploading, over the total manganese dmtus or chromite tonnes produced. Included within the C1 manganese and chromite unit cash costs are an allocation of offsite, non-corporate and support services. Depreciation, government royalty payments, deferred stripping adjustments and stockpile movements are not included in the calculation.
2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating profit before depreciation and amortisation, impairment write-back/expense, net foreign exchange gain/loss and non-cash inventory write-downs. Adjusted EBITDA is not a uniformly or legally defined measure and is not recognised under IFRS or any other generally accepted accounting principles. The Directors use this measure as an indicator of our representative, recurring operations and to reflect how the business is managed and measured. Other companies in the mining industry may calculate this measure differently and consequently, our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be readily comparable to other companies’ figures.
3 ‘Cash’ EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBITDA after removing the impact of the non-cash items of deferred stripping and net movement in inventories.
“Manganese C1 cash costs continued to reduce as a result of the successful implementation of cost reduction initiatives. The transition to owner operator has now been completed with a successful transition to business as usual operations.
Consmin has again produced a strong operational performance in the quarter with a 10% increase in the volumes of manganese ore produced and a 45% increase in the volume of chromite ore produced compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Total sales volumes of manganese and chromite ore in the quarter increased by 3% compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Manganese sales volumes were slightly lower in the quarter and chromite sales volumes almost trebled. Revenues fell compared to the same quarter in the prior year, driven by the lower sales prices for manganese and chromite ore, offset by the increase in chromite volumes sold. During the quarter, improved Chinese steel sentiment combined with reduced Chinese port stocks’ resulted in an increase in the benchmark price in the quarter by 8%. A further increase in price of 4% occurred for July shipments with this price being maintained for August and September.”
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
Jackie Callaway, CFO
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 29 August 2012 at 10am BST (British Summer Time).
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