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Beacon Hill Resources is an AIM listed resources company that is focussed on building a portfolio of near term production projects in commodities relating to the steel production industry. Beacon Hill has two key assets that provide the group with exposure to the steel production industry – Minas Moatize which is currently the only...Read more
RNS Release - AGM Statement
17 May 2012
Beacon Hill Resources Plc / ASX: BHU / AIM: BHR/ Sector: Mining
Beacon Hill Resources Plc ('Beacon Hill' or 'the Group')
Beacon Hill Resources Plc is pleased to provide an update on its projects, which will be read at today's Annual General Meeting.
"This has been a transformational year for Beacon Hill which has seen the Group grow into a significant Mozambican coal producer and developer operating in one of the world's most exciting developing coking coal regions.
"During the last 12 months we have delivered on numerous key operational objectives at our primary asset, the Minas Moatize Coal Project in Tete, resulting in Beacon Hill beginning its ramp up of operations targeting production of 4Mpta ROM coal. These achievements included the commencement of coking coal production and the publication of a Definitive Feasibility Study which demonstrated the highly attractive economic fundamentals of the project. Perhaps most importantly, our focus on logistics has culminated in developing an end to end logistics solution which was demonstrated in our first export shipment in December 2011, and we continue to make progress with respect to securing long term rail access which will enable increased capacity and higher margins for our product.
"On a corporate level, we executed a valuable marketing agreement with the Vitol Group, the world's largest private energy trader, which offers Beacon Hill an optimum route to market for our products, in addition to providing the flexibility to meet our existing commitments under our off-take agreement with Global Coke. Importantly, we remain well funded with access to a US $20 million debt facility from the Vitol Group, and revenues from the sale of both coking and thermal coal which places us in a strong position to expand our operations.
"In addition, the Group has recently commenced exploration at the Changara Coal Project, which with a licence area 70 times the size of Minas Moatize offers the potential for significant upside to our overall resource. Mozambique, and the Tete Province in particular, is increasingly being recognised as a major new coal basin. With this in mind, the acquisition of a majority ownership in the Changara Coal Project has significantly strengthened our position in this area, and we remain proactive in evaluating additional assets through which we can further strengthen our footprint in Mozambique.
"Aside from our coal operations, the recent completion of the Preliminary Scoping Study for the Arthur River Magnesite Project in Tasmania has further highlighted the robust financial potential of the project. This Preliminary Scoping Study has underpinned the value of this significant asset and will provide us with a strong platform to move forward to full feasibility and towards securing a joint venture or off-take partner to fund the development of the project.
Minas Moatize Coal Project
"It has been an exciting period at Minas Moatize with significant developments being achieved in the past 12 months that have transformed the Group into a seaborne exporter of coal. The recent completion of the DFS for Minas Moatize, which reported a pre-tax NPV13 of US$662 million and an IRR of 79.5%, highlighted the compelling economics of the project. Minas Moatize is now well placed to ramp up production to a targeted level of 4Mtpa ROM coal producing on average 2.2Mtpa of saleable coal over the coming years.
"Production of coking coal has also commenced from the Upper Chipanga Pit and coking coal is being trucked to the Port of Beira in readiness for our first export shipment of coking coal, which is targeted for mid-year. The coking coal will be sold to Global Coke, our off-take partner. The Group remains on track to produce and export approximately 100,000 tonnes of coking coal in 2012 in addition to thermal coal, which is being sold at the mine gate to the domestic market.
"Our trucking operation continues to operate effectively allowing coal to be transported to port for shipment, including our first export shipment which departed the Port of Beira in December 2011. The trucking operation will allow the transport of up to 0.5Mtpa to the port for future shipments, which is more than sufficient for our planned production over the next 18 months. We intend to continue to use this trucking solution pending the commencement of the transportation of coal via the Sena Rail Line, which remains our longer term preferred transportation solution due to both cost and capacity.
"The refurbishment of the Sena Rail Line to an initial capacity of 6.5Mtpa is ongoing with works still anticipated to be completed in 2012. Following completion of these works, we remain confident of attaining an allocation to the line in 2012, which will allow us to further ramp up coal production.
Changara Coal Project
"In December 2011, Beacon Hill acquired majority ownership in a joint venture to explore and develop the Changara Coal Project in the Tete Province of Mozambique. The Changara Coal Project covers a licence area of 184km2, which is 70 times the size of Minas Moatize. It is located in the heart of the highly prospective coking coal basin of the Songo Area of the Tete Province, an area with proven coal reserves. The joint venture is a further step in our wider expansion strategy and has provided the Group with an opportunity to invest in a longer term development project that has the potential to considerably enhance our resource base. The first phase of the exploration programme at Changara has recently commenced and we expect to receive the results of this initial drill programme in the next quarter.
"In summary, I believe that the last 12 months has seen Beacon Hill make excellent progress towards achieving its strategy of developing high quality assets relating to the steel industry, and in so doing, considerably enhanced the value of our projects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued shareholders for their commitment during this period of market upheaval, and I look forward to providing further news on our progress over the next year."
For further information, please contact:
Beacon Hill Resources Plc
Justin Lewis, Chairman
Tim Jones, Group Finance Director
+61 3 9627 9910
Canaccord Genuity Limited (Nominated Advisor & Joint Broker)
John Prior / Sebastian Jones
+44 20 7523 8350
Renaissance Capital (Joint Broker)
+44 20 7367 7781
Halcyon Corporate (Australian Corporate Advisor)
Ryan Whitelegg / Jonathan Tooth
+61 3 9627 9941
St Brides Media & Finance (UK Media Enquiries)
Susie Geliher / Elisabeth Cowell
+44 20 7236 1177
Six Degrees Investor Relations (Australian Media Enquiries)
+61 3 9674 0347
Beacon Hill Resources
Beacon Hill Resources Plc is focused on building a portfolio of near-term production projects in commodities relating to the steel production industry. Beacon Hill is dual listed on London's AIM Market (Code: BHR) and the Australian Securities Exchange (Code: BHU).
Beacon Hill owns and operates one of only two operating coal mines producing, selling and exporting coal in the Moatize Coal Basin of Mozambique. In addition, the Group has entered into a JV to develop a further coal tenement in Mozambique and holds licences over a significant magnesite deposit in Australia.
More details on Beacon Hill can be found at www.bhrplc.com.
Forward Looking Statement
Certain statements made during or in connection with the communication, including, without limitation, those concerning the economic outlook for the coal mining industry, expectations regarding coal prices, production, cash costs and other operating results, growth prospects and the outlook of Beacon Hill operations, its liquidity and the capital resources and expenditure, contain or comprise certain forward-looking statements regarding Company's development and exploration operations, economic performance and financial condition.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes in economic and market conditions, success of business and operating initiatives, changes is the regulatory environment and other government actions, fluctuations in coal prices and exchange rates and business and operational risk management. For a discussion of such factors, refer to the Company's most recent annual report and half year report. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after today's date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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