Pan African Resources Plc - Update on Operations
(Incorporated and registered in and under Companies Act 1985 with registered number 3937466 on )
Share code on AIM: PAF
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("" or "the Company" or "the Group")
UPDATE ON OPERATIONS AMID COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS, NEW FY2020 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE AND UPDATE ON GROUP DEBT REDUCTION
Update on Group Operations and COVID-19 National Lockdown Regulations
As previously communicated to shareholders, on , the South African government announced an extension of the National Lockdown period (“Lockdown Extension”), enacted in terms of the South African Disaster Management Act (“the Regulations”) from to , in an ongoing effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The Regulations pertaining to the Lockdown Extension provided for a phased ramp-up of mining capacity to 50% of normalised production during the lockdown period, provided that all the preventative and mitigating controls were in place to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In response to these amendments, the Group implemented plans to recall 50% of its employees at the Company’s Barberton Mines and surface and underground operations (“Group Operations”).
On , the South African government announced that the country would be entering a period of phased lifting of the lockdown restrictions from , resulting in the previous Level-five hard lockdown, that commenced on , being reduced to a Level-four lockdown. Level-four lockdown restrictions require a risk-based and gradual approach to recalling employees. It enables open cast mines and surface operations to operate at up to 100% of normal capacity, and all other mines at 50% capacity.
In response to this announcement, the Group commenced the recall of permitted employees for the phased recommencing of Group Operations in compliance with legal requirements, with all the required safety protocols and procedures in place.
The recall of employees at the Group’s Operations in terms of these Level-four lockdown regulations is now well advanced, with the surface operations at the Elikhulu Tailings Retreatment Plant and the Barberton Tailings Retreatment Plant producing at close to full capacity from early .
Revised FY2020 Production Guidance
As announced on , the Group suspended its original FY2020 production guidance of 185,000oz as a result of the anticipated COVID-19 impact on the Group’s mining operations.
As expected, production at the Group's operations was severely affected during the lockdown months of March and . The Group was however able to mitigate some of the impact through continued mining activities at its surface operations, which was staffed by a materially reduced employee complement, and also with limited high-grade underground mining at Barberton Mines.
The Group is now in a position to advise shareholders that it expects the revised gold production for the 2020 financial year to be approximately 176,000oz, including capitalised production from the #8 Shaft Pillar operation.
The revised production guidance is a decrease of only 5% from the previous guided production of 185,000oz, due to the Group’s ability to increase output from surface toll treatment and low grade surface stockpile processing initiatives, in substitution of underground production. The substituted production was however at a reduced margin, when compared to normal margins earned on ounces produced from underground.
The revised production guidance is based , , on the assumptions that the Group can continue surface operations at close to maximum capacity for the remainder of the 2020 financial year and underground operations continuing at 50% of personnel capacity, consistent with current Level-four restrictions. inter-alia
The approximate split of expected full year gold production between operations is as follows:
Statement of Financial Position
The Group remained cashflow positive during the lockdown period. Assuming that the prevailing ZAR gold price of approximately /kg (approximately /oz) can be sustained for the remainder of the 2020 financial year, the Group is expected to reduce its senior interest-bearing debt (including the outstanding gold loan balance), net of projected available cash, to approximately () assuming an exchange rate of ZAR/USD:18.50 from () at . This represents a reduction in senior interest-bearing debt of 23% and 28% relative to the debt levels at and , respectively.
In light of the Group’s elevated senior debt levels at inception of the 2020 financial year, a number of short-term zero-cost collar hedges were entered into during the course of the 2020 financial year to underpin the Group’s cashflows and its ability to redeem its senior debt. The remaining hedges for the 2020 and 2021 financial year are detailed hereunder:
Importantly, the Group is unhedged post .
COVID-19 Programme of Relief and Assistance (CPR)
As previously communicated, the Group initiated a CPR programme to assist with alleviating the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in its host communites and for its employees. The programme commenced at the end of with the distribution of food and hygiene hampers to its employees, contractors and vulnerable families in communities in close proximity to the Group’s operations. The programme’s rollout will continue during and approximately 5,400 hampers will be provided with a total value of almost R5 million during the current phase of the programme.
In the light of the ongoing pandemic, the Group will continue its initiatives to assist some of its most vulnerable stakeholders in the months ahead.
"It is crucial for the country’s economy to be restarted and the phased approach adopted by the government to achieve this is practical in fighting the pandemic and enabling businesses and communities to survive during this tumultuous period. We have implemented preventative and precautionary measures at our operations to ensure the health and well-being of employees as they return to work, and we look forward to working with all stakeholders in the operational ramp-up. We expect that we still have a long battle ahead against COVID-19, however, I wish to commend all of our employees for the manner in which they have worked together during this period. The strategic repositioning of our Group some years ago, as a safe and high-margin producer with multiple operations and the flexibility to withstand short-term external shocks, should continue to serve all stakeholders well.” commented , CEO of .
will continue to provide shareholders with updates on progress at its operations as further information becomes available.
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Full Year Production ounce profile: Barberton Mines – Underground: 64,000 Barberton Tailings Retreatment Plant: 21,000 – Underground and tolling: 31,000 Elikhulu: 59,000 Total ounces produced: 175,000
2 Months 6 Months 1 May 2020 – 30 June 2020 1 July 2020 – 31 Dec 2020 Ounces hedged: 21,820 50,000 Average floor price – R/Kg: 683,226 708,000 Average ceiling price – 847,109 925,829 R/Kg:
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