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Jubilee Metals Group RNS Release

Quarterly Operations Update


RNS Number : 3599D
Jubilee Metals Group PLC
30 January 2018
 

Jubilee Metals Group Plc

 ("Registration number: 4459850 ")

AIM share code: JLP   

AltX share code: JBL

ISIN: GB0031852162  

 ("Jubilee" or "the Company")

 

Quarterly Operations Update

 

Jubilee is pleased to announce an operations update for its metals recovery division, Jubilee Processing Proprietary Limited ("JPL") for Q4 2017.

Highlights

·    Hernic operational earnings increased 94 %  to GBP 0.97 million (ZAR 17.47 million) (Q3 2017: GBP 0.50 million (ZAR 8.60 million))

·    Hernic unit cost per PGM ounce produced reduced to USD 382 (Q3 2017: USD 476)

·    Hernic PGM1 production up 31 % to 3 755 ounces (Q3 2017: 2 874 ounces)

·    Hernic project revenue up 33 % to GBP 2.05 million (ZAR 37.01 million) (Q3 2017: GBP 1.54 million (ZAR 26.58 million))

·    JPL operations  revenue up 24 % to GBP 3.30 million (ZAR 59.87 million) (Q3 2017: GBP 2.67 million (ZAR 46.11 million))

·    JPL operations earnings up 43 % to GBP 1.22 million (ZAR 22.12 million) (Q3 2017: GBP 0.85 million (ZAR 14.73 million))

1 = Platinum Group Metals (6E   platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium, and gold )

 

Leon Coetzer, Chief Executive commented:

"The Jubilee team has delivered an exceptional performance despite the traditional operational slowdown over the festive period. 

Our Hernic operation has continued to deliver significant operational improvements quarter on quarter, this despite the budgeted increased maintenance and operational slow down over the festive period.

We have implemented necessary process upgrades at our DCM operations to allow for a more flexible operation to expand the processing of 3rd party material.  We will also be implementing operational efficiency enhancements developed by our in-house technical teams.  I look forward to rolling-out these enhancements across our project portfolio.

Our due diligence on the Kabwe project is progressing well with the second round of leach tests concluded, which have confirmed the high recoverability of the lead, zinc and vanadium contained in the surface resource. I expect to receive the metal refining results shortly and then to be in a position to conclude our way forward on the project."   

 

 

HERNIC OVERVIEW

The Hernic operations performance continued to improve significantly quarter on quarter despite the extended plant maintenance and operational slow down during the festive period. 

The Q4 2017 data shows a further sharp increase in project earnings coupled with a drop in unit cost to below the USD400 per PGM ounce making the Hernic project one of the lowest cost platinum producers in the industry. 

The overall debt incurred towards the construction and commissioning of the Hernic project has, to date, reduced to GBP 2.10 million (68 % reduction).

The table below presents the comparative quarterly performance of the Hernic operation for 2017:

 

Tailings processed tonnes

PGM ounces delivered

Project revenue1 
(GBP'000)

Project revenue2  (ZAR'000)

Project earnings3 (GBP'000)

Project earnings (ZAR'000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (GBP'000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR'000)

Unit cost / PGM oz (USD)

Total Q2 2017

80 828

808

459

7.604

 (110)

(1.928)

(110)

(1.928)

901

Total Q3 2017

105 673

2 874

1.539

26.581

496

8.592

496

8.592

476

Total Q4

2017

121 644

3 755

2.047

37.011

965

17.466

965

17.466

382

Total 2017

308 145

7 437

4.045

71.196

1.351

24.130

1.351

24.130

475

 

Project Summary

Revenue / PGM oz (USD)

Unit  cost / PGM oz (USD)

Earnings / PGM oz

(USD)

Q4 2017

724

382

342

 

 

 

 

 

1=   Revenue from the c urrent project phase - 100% attributable to Jubilee until full capital recovery. Revenue is projected based on latest    average PGM market prices and USD exchange rates and results are only final once final Quotational Period has passed

2= Average monthly conversion rates used

3= Project Earnings include all incurred operational costs including management services and mineral royalties

 

 

DCM overview

The DCM operational performance was affected by a significant plant upgrade of the chrome recovery circuit.  The plant upgrade was both to further increase the operational flexibility of the chrome recovery circuit as well as to increase the crushing capacity for the processing of 3rd party run-of-mine material ("ROM"). The improved processing flexibility was required to compensate for the increased feed variance introduced by the processing of 3rd party ROM. The chrome processing plant upgrades interrupted processing of the ROM material for approximately 8 weeks before resuming in January 2018.

The new fully commissioned crushing capacity now offers DCM the opportunity to process a wider variety of feed material without sacrificing overall plant throughput.

A further processing upgrade to enhance the recovery of very fine chrome from tailings will be implemented during Q1 2018.  This process upgrade was developed and tested by Jubilee's internal process development arm and holds significant business benefits for the wider Jubilee tailings retreatment projects.  The process enhancements are expected to significantly improve the overall recovery of chrome from tailings.

Project earnings numbers for Q4 exclude project related capital costs (previously expensed through the operating cost and now capitalised by DCM) as per the updated contractual relationship with DCM. Despite the plant upgrades, project earnings from chrome for Q4 2017 remained positive. Jubilee's reduced attributable earnings reflect the interruption in the processing of 3rd party ROM.

The table below presents the operational quarterly performance of the DCM operation for 2017:

 

 

Chromite concentrate produced

tonnes

Project revenue (GBP'000)

Project revenue 1 (ZAR'000)

Project earnings2 (GBP'000)

Project earnings (ZAR'000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (GBP'000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR'000)

Jubilee working capital loan repayments received (GBP'000)

Jubilee working capital loan repayments received (ZAR'000)

Total Q1 2017

14 973

3.372

55.223

2.407

39.400

408

6.664

-

-

Total Q2 2017

17 659

1.348

22.731

386

6.504

399

6.727

175

3.334

Total Q3 2017

15 134

1.129

19.526

184

3.173

356

6.139

-

-

Total Q4 2017

11 788

1.254

22.858

508

9.307

254

4.654

-

-

Total 2017

59 554

7.103

120.338

3.485

58.384

1.417

24.184

175

3.334

 

1= Average monthly conversion rates used

2 = Project earnings include project expenditure on plant and equipment

 

Project Pipe-Line

 

Jubilee continues to refine its project execution schedule for the various pipe-line surface processing projects.  These pipe-line projects offer significant growth potential in the short term (2 years) and we continue to actively pursue further opportunities.

 

DCM Platinum Project

Jubilee conducted an in depth review for the recovery of platinum at DCM.  The review included several pilot and full commercial size trials to evaluate the possible joint venturing ("JV") with neighbouring platinum producers to benefit from their existing infrastructure.  Jubilee was unable to reach a commercially acceptable agreement with the potential JV partners. Jubilee has concluded that a dedicated process plant for Dilokong is the optimal commercial strategy and will target to commence execution of the project during Q2 2018 depending on regulatory approvals to commence construction. A processing plant targeting approximately 10 000 PGM ounces per annum is envisaged.

Funding for the project will be secured via the existing project debt funding agreement that Jubilee secured with Riverfort Capital and Jubilee's current cash position.

 

Kabwe Project

 

The Company's on-going due diligence of the Kabwe project has confirmed our understanding of the significant size and quality of the various surface assets.  We have completed further metal recovery trials, which again confirmed the leachability of the zinc, lead and the vanadium.  Our final circuit trials are focussing on the refining of the leached metals, which we expect to conclude over the next two weeks, in order to confirm the refining processing strategy.  We are working with the BMR team to establish the optimal recovery route for extracting the metals both from a commercial perspective as well as in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

PlatCro Platinum Project

Jubilee is currently engaged in the PlatCro option study.  Similar to the DCM study, the option study includes laboratory and pilot plant trials. The final round of the plant trials has been concluded with results expected in the short term. 

Jubilee looks forward to updating its shareholders on the execution time-lines for these exciting projects.

 

 

30 January 2018

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 .

 

The financial information in this announcement is unaudited.

 

Contacts

Jubilee Metals Group plc

Colin Bird/Leon Coetzer
Tel +44 (0) 20 7584 2155 / Tel +27 (0) 11 465 1913
Andrew Sarosi
Tel +44 (0)1752 221937

JSE Sponsor

Sasfin Capital, (a member of the Sasfin group)

Sharon Owens
Tel +27 (0) 11 809 7500

Nominated Adviser

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited
Mark Brady/Andrew Emmott
Tel: +44 (0) 203 368 3555

Broker

Beaufort Securities Limited
Jon Belliss
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7382 8300

 

 

 

 


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