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AfriTin Mining Ltd: THE INVESTMENT CASE
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AfriTin planning for annual revenues of US$60mln from Namibian mine

AfriTin listed on AIM with plans to position itself as the African tin champion
AfriTin planning for annual revenues of US$60mln from Namibian mine
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Tin is used extensively in consumer electronics

One of the key intellectual drivers behind the ongoing development of Bushveld Minerals (LON:BMN) and its new spin-out company AfriTin Mining (LON:ATM) is the idea that the Supercycle is not over.

Mining sector investors, in particular, will know that the idea of the Supercycle was what drove the last mining boom, and what made valuations soar to such unusually stellar heights. Even at the time, its proponents argued that its effects would be long-lasting.

READ: AfriTin starts scale-up programme at Uis mine

“The industrialisation of China and India is now moving into a new realm,” says Anthony Viljoen, chief executive of AfriTin, “that of the consumer.”

It’s a compelling thought. After all, it’s one thing mobilising the economies of China and India for manufacturing and technology, but it’s quite another when the net result is a potential new consumer base of two billion people and counting.

Accordingly, AfriTin listed on the AIM market of the London stock exchange on November 9.

The key asset is the Uis tin project in north-west Namibia, a formerly producing mine that was shut-down more than 20 years ago when the tin price hit a nadir and Namibia was still coming to terms with its new-found independence.

Historical resource estimate

According to a historic resource estimate prepared by SRK, Uis contains over 70 mln tonnes of ore containing 95,000 tonnes of tin.

The mine plan worked out by SRK says that that’s enough to allow for production through to 2063, although initially, AfriTin has much more modest goals.

“We need to bring those old numbers into modern JORC-reporting compliance,” says Viljoen.

“We will start up with a steady state 65 tonnes per month,” he says. “But we want to scale up to 5,000 tonnes per year on three million tonnes run of mine. That would be a little over one per cent of world production. All of our areas are fully licensed so we can start mining straight away.”

It ought not to cost too much to get going, as the ore is coarse-grained, there’ll be no milling required, and it’s all open cast.

Project with low capital intensity

“You’ll struggle to find a project with lower capital intensity,” says Viljoen.

Given that most of the world’s major tin mines are now operating underground, production from Uis should show up towards the bottom end of the global cost curve. There will also be useful credits on offer from the tantalite, beryllium and niobium that’s also contained in the ore.

As the ramp up develops, Viljoen reckons AfriTin’s revenues will rise to a handsome US$60mln per year, supported by that ever-present increasing demand for consumer electronics.

“Tin is used in all of your electronics,” says Viljoen, “especially so since they banned lead in circuit boards.”

Shares currently trade at 3.35p valuing AfriTin at £17.4mln.

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