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Cadence Minerals #KDNC Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (ASX: MIO) engages RCR Mining Technologies on rail wagon and rail unloading solution for Lake Giles Iron Project.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (ASX: MIO) (the “Company” or “Macarthur”) continues its progress towards a route to market for its flagship Moonshine magnetite deposits at Lake Giles, targeting a +65% Fe beneficiated magnetite concentrate, with the engagement of RCR Mining Technologies Pty Ltd (“RCR MT”) to provide a conceptual engineering and design solution for rail transport and unloading infrastructure of magnetite concentrate at the Port of Esperance. RCR MT has been engaged to examine the potential to use cutting-edge rail unloading technology that has been successfully used in Scandinavian magnetite operations for several years.

The engineering concept will employ a ‘Helix Dumper’ unloading system and Helix Dumper wagons owned and developed by Kiruna Wagon in Sweden. The Kiruna Wagon system has been successfully utilised in transporting magnetite concentrate from northern Sweden to the Port of Narvik in Norway. The system was developed specifically for magnetite concentrates to provide efficient discharge of sticky product at rates up to 25,000 tonnes per hour, and provides the potential to optimise productivity with several advantages over conventional rotary car dumpers, such as:

  • Lightweight wagons, increasing gross payload;
  • High-capacity continuous discharge, reducing operating costs;
  • The potential for lower capital cost;
  • The potential for lower operating cost with unloading powered only by the locomotive’s forward motion; and
  • Wagon body shape optimised for wet concentrates.

Macarthur is currently working with Southern Ports Authority on the potential to develop this system at the Port of Esperance, in addition to negotiating access to develop a storage shed for its magnetite concentrate.

If constructed, the system will be capable of handling tonnages well in excess of Macarthur’s immediate requirements for stage 1 of its Lake Giles Iron Project, providing the potential for increased trade through Esperance, subject to capacity elsewhere within the Port. Macarthur intends to work collaboratively with the Port to ensure that the footprint of the system and associated conveyor infrastructure (which would feed directly into the storage shed) can work in with existing operations at the Port and without adversely affecting other users.

RCR MT is a subsidiary of ASX listed NRW Holdings (ASX: NWH), a leading provider of diversified services to the mining, energy and civil infrastructure sectors. RCR MT is a market leader in the design and manufacture of an extensive range of surface and bulk materials handling equipment with a reputation for delivering high quality mining technologies nationally and internationally. RCR MT holds an exclusive license to develop the Helix system in Australia and in combination with Kiruna Wagon have the ability to manufacture both the dumper and wagons in Western Australia.

Macarthur’s route to market progress:

The Company announced on 25 June 2020 details of applications lodged for haul road and rail loading tenure which maps out a solution to transport magnetite from site to the existing rail network that connects to the Port of Esperance.

The Company announced on 15 July 2020 it had received a Proposal for development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement from Arc Infrastructure, the owner of the below-rail network

Macarthur President and Executive Chairman Cameron McCall commented: “This is another positive step forward for Macarthur’s Lake Giles Iron Project and demonstrates the tenacity with which Management is progressing this essential component of project delivery. The Company’s recent announcements concerning its applications to develop haul road and rail siding infrastructure near Lake Giles and that the Company had received a Proposal for development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement from Arc Infrastructure means that the Company is now edging closer than ever to delivering its route-to-market solution and making this Project real for shareholders. 

With this new cutting-edge rail unloading technology having the potential to contribute to increased trade through Esperance Port, this can only be good for future economic growth and job security in the region. Macarthur welcomes the opportunity to be part of that story and to contribute a positive legacy for the State of Western Australia and workers in the Goldfields region.”

The full release can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=8680452246719917&qm_symbol=MMS

Cadence Minerals Holding in Macarthur 

Cadence holds approximately 3% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.

This news release is not for distribution to United States Services or for Dissemination in the United States.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
James Sinclair-Ford
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Financial Times – Iron ore outstrips gold as year’s best-performing major commodity

by Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor

Iron ore has outpaced gold to rank as the best-performing major commodity this year, as a rebounding China sucks in vast amounts of the key steelmaking ingredient from mines in Australia and Brazil.

The price of the rust-coloured raw material has risen almost 21 per cent in 2020, just ahead of gold, which is up 19 per cent as central banks have introduced huge stimulus programmes to try to quell the coronavirus crisis. Such activities have pushed down yields on trillions of dollars of fixed-income assets, burnishing the relative appeal of gold, which yields nothing.

Meantime, signs that China, the world’s biggest producer of steel, is mounting a solid recovery have propelled iron ore prices, which rose above $112 a tonne on Wednesday, according to S&P Global Platts, up 9 per cent over the past month.

As part of plans to reinvigorate its economy, Beijing recently announced plans to boost spending on infrastructure through an increase in local government borrowing. A state-backed rally in Chinese equity markets has also played a big role, as investors looking for China-growth proxies have piled into iron ore derivatives


Tyler Broda, analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said long-term demand trends for steel remained uncertain, given China’s increasing dependence on debt to fund new investment. But the shorter-term outlook was bright, he said, because of policymakers’ clear focus on safeguarding jobs.

Data released this week showed China imported more than 100m tonnes of iron ore in June, up from 87m in May. That was the highest monthly figure since October 2017.

It also means that China’s steel production in June is likely to have surpassed May’s total of 92.3m tonnes. This would put the country on course to produce a record 1bn-plus tonnes this year, compared with just 750m tonnes for the rest of the world.

Analysts said the sustainability of Chinese demand would be the main factor determining the direction of prices in the second half of the year. But supply disruptions could also have an impact, and not just in Brazil where Covid-19 is still spreading rapidly.

In Australia, big operations that were running at full strength in June are planning maintenance work on rail and port facilities.

Shipbroker Braemar ACM noted that last month it saw record levels of shipments from Port Hedland, the world’s biggest iron ore loading facility, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. But so far this month, it said, Australian iron ore listings had averaged slightly more than 2.2m tonnes a day, about 18 per cent lower than in June.

Brazilian exports have also stumbled, with shipments down 23 per cent week on week to 5.3m tonnes in the seven days to July 12, according to UBS.

The rally in prices comes as some of the world’s biggest iron ore producers are due to update the market on their production and shipments. UBS estimates Rio Tinto, which is due to issue a production report on Thursday, shipped 88.1m tonnes in the three months to the end of June, up more than one-fifth from the preceding quarter.

At current prices, analysts say the company could generate more than $10bn in free cash flow this year — potentially paving the way for a bumper dividend alongside half-year results in August.

Full FT story can be found here.
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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS, ASX: MIO) Lake Giles Iron Project a step closer with Arc Infrastructure’s Proposal for Development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (“Macarthur”) has received a Proposal that provides an agreed pathway to develop a Commercial Track Access Agreement (“Proposal”) from Arc Infrastructure (“Arc”)  for below rail capacity from its Lake Giles Iron Project in the Yilgarn Region of south-western Western Australia to the Port of Esperance.

Macarthur and Arc have worked collaboratively on the development of Arc’s Proposal, which is a material step forward in bringing Macarthur closer to securing a fully contracted route to market.  The Proposal will provide sufficient certainty to support Macarthur’s Feasibility Study for its Lake Giles Iron Project, as outlined in the Preliminary Economic Assessment Report which was prepared and released in June 2019.

Under the Proposal, the parties have agreed to work together in good faith to negotiate and agree the terms of a Commercial Track Access Agreement (“CTAA”) under which Arc would provide sufficient capacity on its Network to support the Macarthur task.  The Proposal also includes indicative track access pricing based on an agreed set of operational parameters that would be incorporated into the CTAA.

The successful development of the Lake Giles Iron Project and the export of its high grade magnetite through the Port of Esperance is fully supported by the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Western Australian Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

In addition, the Company is continuing to progress discussions:

  • to secure an above rail haulage agreement;
  • to finalise arrangements for the design, development and funding of unloading infrastructure that will avoid current unloading infrastructure constraints at the Port of Esperance;
  • to secure rights to develop a 300kt iron ore storage shed and access ship-loader capacity at the Port.

Macarthur President and Executive Chairman Cameron McCall commented: “Today’s announcement is an important one for the Company. The Board considers that the Proposal received from Arc Infrastructure delivers the most substantial step forward for Macarthur in the last decade towards securing fully contracted train paths on the Kalgoorlie to Esperance rail line. 

The Company’s shareholders have been patient and loyal, investing in the vicinity of AUD80 million in the Lake Giles Iron Project to date. With a substantial body of exploration work undertaken, and analysis nearing completion to upgrade the magnetite resource to a measured and indicated category, it is pleasing to see that critical pieces of the infrastructure puzzle are also now finally starting to come together for Macarthur.

Following the recent announcement of the lodgement of applications to develop a haul road and rail siding near Lakes Giles, and with above rail discussions well progressed, Management will now turn its focus to furthering the Company’s engagement with Southern Ports to progress unloading infrastructure and ship-loader capacity options at the Port of Esperance. 

This is another positive step forward for Macarthur in what has been a prolific 12 months of important milestones for the Company.  We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with Arc as we move forward to delivering this important project for our shareholders and for Western Australia.”

 

The full release, along with comments from the RTBU and MUA can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=7886775262297494&qm_symbol=MMS

Cadence Minerals Holding in Macarthur

Cadence holds approximately 3% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.

This news release is not for distribution to United States Services or for Dissemination in the United States.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
James Sinclair-Ford
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.  

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS, ASX: MIO) – Arrow Land Tenure Agreement and Applications Lodged for Haul Road and Rail Siding for Lake Giles Iron Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (“Macarthur”) has announced the completion of an agreement with Arrow Minerals Limited (ASX: AMD) (“Arrow”), for the grant of rights to apply for tenements which will support the development of infrastructure associated with a proposed magnetite processing circuit at Lake Giles.

Cadence also notes that on 25 June 2020, Macarthur lodged applications with the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (“DMIRS”) to develop a 93km haul road from its Lake Giles Iron Project to a proposed rail siding adjacent to the Perth to Kalgoorlie rail line in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia

Arrow Land Tenure Agreement

Pursuant to the Agreement, originally entered into in December 2019, (“Agreement”), Arrow will permit Macarthur to apply for and obtain a general purpose lease and a miscellaneous licence over a site within the boundary of Arrow’s exploration licences E30/393 and E30/394, to support the development of infrastructure associated with its planned magnetite processing circuit for its Lake Giles Iron Project (“Project”).  The substantial package of land covers approximately 4,950ha and is adjacent to the Moonshine magnetite deposit. The tenure will be used for constructing supporting infrastructure for the mine including a processing plant, camp, airstrip, tailings storage facility and waste rocks dumps.

The terms upon which Arrow agreed to permit Macarthur’s application included a cash payment of A$250,000 (paid in December 2019) (“Cash Payment”) and a share payment comprising the issue of Macarthur shares to Arrow to the value of A$250,000 (exclusive of GST) at an issue price per share equivalent to a 20% discount to the average VWAP of the shares trading on ASX for the 5 trading days preceding the issue date, and on which trades for the shares were recorded (“Share Payment”).  Macarthur made the Share Payment on 23 June 2020, resulting in the issue of 1,702,997 shares at an issue price of A$0.1468 per share.

The full Arrow Land Tenure release can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=6417845063071316&qm_symbol=MMS

Road and Rail Links

Subject to obtaining required approvals and completion of construction, the proposed haul road and rail siding will provide optionality for the transport of iron ore by rail to either Esperance Port or the Port of Kwinana.

This key infrastructure is intended to support the development of Macarthur’s flagship Moonshine magnetite deposits at Lake Giles, targeting a +65% Fe beneficiated magnetite concentrate, and opens up the opportunity to exploit Direct Shipping Ore (“DSO”) from the Ularring hematite deposits.

In 2012, the Company completed a Pre-Feasibility Study for the mining of iron ore from its Ularring hematite deposits targeting a +60% Fe beneficiated fines sinter product. Given the current robust iron ore market, the Company is currently examining the opportunity to accelerate operations for the mining of DSO (as Stage 1) from its Ularring hematite deposits with the objective of generating early revenue flows. The development of new road and rail siding infrastructure has the potential to facilitate this, in addition to supporting the development of the Company’s flagship Moonshine magnetite resource (Stage 2) following completion of a successful Feasibility Study for the Lake Giles Iron Project which is currently being progressed.

The full Haul Road and Rail Siding Application release can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=7029129052456326&qm_symbol=MMS

Macarthur President and Executive Chairman Cameron McCall commented: “The completion of the agreement with Arrow has secured the rights necessary to enable the design and location of critical inf rastructure associated with the magnetite processing plant which will be finalised as part of the Feasibility Study for the Lake Giles Iron Project.”

“Defining route-to-market infrastructure has been the core focus for the Company throughout 2020. Completion of the Lake Giles Iron Project Feasibility Study will require Macarthur to have engineering designs and tenure for a haul road from the Lake Giles Iron Project to a rail siding with access to the existing rail network. The proposed haul road and rail siding also creates the opportunity to support Stage 1 hematite mining operations at Lake Giles ahead of the commencement of Stage 2 commercial magnetite mining operations. The Board considers that advancing early-revenue generating operations would support re-rating of Macarthur as a producer and will complement the announced pathway for the development of its flagship high-grade Moonshine magnetite resource at Lake Giles.”

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “We are pleased to note that Macarthur is steadily advancing the Lake Giles Iron Project, and backed by a robust iron ore market is looking to accelerate operations for the mining of DSO. In our results announcement earlier today, our Chairman noted our ‘timely focus’ on iron ore opportunities. Certainly the developments announced today further validates our investment strategy, both in regard to a potential re-rating of Macarthur as a producer and into our own efforts in developing the Amapá iron ore project.”

Cadence Minerals Holding in Macarthur

Cadence holds approximately 3% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.

This news release is not for distribution to United States Services or for Dissemination in the United States.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
James Sinclair-Ford
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2019

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2019. A copy of the full results will be made available on the Company’s website from today at https://www.cadenceminerals.com/  

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The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc

+44 (0) 207 440 0647

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

James Sinclair-Ford

Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 207 399 9400

Jon Belliss

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

For the year ended 31 December 2019

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First and foremost our thoughts are with families and friends, shareholders and investors during this shape-shifting pandemic. The Board and I hope all have found comfort and safety, well being and support during these extraordinary and unprecedented times.

There is no doubt that such turbulent conditions have created major disruptions and dislocations. However the Board has been well prepared and ready. I thank my fellow Board members for this dynamism and effort. Cadence Minerals (“Cadence” or the “Company”) staff and management have been used to working remotely and via phone/ video conference and quickly adapted to this new challenge.

The Board has continued its driven agenda to proceed with the support for portfolio companies whilst at the same time progress with the main target of the Amapá iron ore project in Brazil.

To this effect and to highlight a few of the achievement by our portfolio companies I would like, with the Board to offer congratulations to MacArthur Minerals on the successful conclusion of its convertible note, the life of mine Off -take agreement with Glencore and the successful listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. These are noticeable achievements for the company and combined with the ongoing successful drilling campaigns at Lake Giles bodes well.

Further European Metal Holdings  successfully concluded a lengthy negotiation with the Czech utility company CEZ. This will allow EMH to complete many of its strategic goals and to become one of Europe’s largest and lowest cost lithium producers.

Hastings Technology are JV partner in the Yangibana Rare Earths project also concluded and completed a negotiation with the German based Schaffler Group that will enable the company to pursue its targets.

The Board hope that the next few years will witness a significant harvest as projects progress to operation and revenue, and previously identified opportunities realise higher valuations. All management companies of the portfolio companies within Cadence are wished the best of success.

The recent economic contraction has been severe and turbulent. However our investments have always been based on long-term assumptions and not the idiosyncrasies of the market. There is significant hope that recently announced global stimulus measures will lead to a re opening and recovery sooner than later. This will contribute to a significant appreciation in the company’s portfolio and therefore revenue and shareholder return.

Cadence’s focus on iron ore opportunities appears particularly timely. The stimulus measures specifically relate to infrastructure which benefits Steel demand which by derivative benefits Iron Ore consumption. Argus publications have reported April and May 2020 China steel production higher than that in 2019 and have predicted that China will produce over 1 billion tons of Steel in 2020. This will require more Iron Ore globally and should support the long term Iron Ore price.

China have announced over $140 billion in provincial bonds with increasing government incentives in real estate and infrastructure, which account for over fifty percent of Chinese domestic Steel demand. It is clear that steel production and therefore Iron Ore demand is at the front and center of global stimulus policy.

A rapid global supply response to higher iron ore prices and steel demand has some serious headwinds and constraints. The tragic events at Vales Brumadinho operations and the higher capital costs of new projects represent such challenges. Economic and political struggles combined with higher governance and regulation means operational consistency and good fortune is required to continue to supply the insatiable Steel demand.

Cadence has focused enormous efforts on the Amapá iron ore project. It is immensely pleasing for the board that significant milestones and hurdles were recently achieved, all whilst the global economy was on ” pause” Cadence and its partners, lawyers and consultants all maintained dialogue and pressure to focus on the process to achieve significant results. This will initially result in the movement of of iron ore currently stockpiled and ultimately in the rehabilitation of the Amapá system. As the opportunity progresses the Board is cognizant of the need for sustainability at all levels of the opportunity. The performance and Governance metrics that will be required to re habilitate the mine; port and rail will be stringent and strict.

Cadence has proven its ability to be flexible, opportunistic and survive and thrive. The Board feels the underlying conditions are developing to optimise the portfolio.

I would like to personally thank all Cadence’s management, fellow board members, staff ,consultants, partners and of course all Shareholders for their support and confidence in the Company.

Andrew Suckling

Non Executive Chairman

25 June 2020

Link here for the full results and accounts statement

Daily Mail Stock Watch – Cadence Minerals

Mining investment group Cadence Minerals #KDNC surged after a court in Brazil ruled it can start shipping stockpiled iron ore.

Cadence and its joint venture partners are in talks with potential ore buyers.

The cash will be used on studies needed to reopen the Amapa mine, which was previously owned by Anglo American.

Shares in Cadence, whose chairman Andrew Suckling said the ruling brings Amapa ‘back to life’, jumped 73.9 per cent, or 2.4p, to 5.65p.

Link here to original article by Francesca Washtell

China iron ore futures surge as mills restock raw materials – Reuters

BEIJING, April 9 (Reuters) – Iron ore futures in China jumped on Thursday on restocking demand as steel inventories dropped again this week, while a recovery in profits at mills further lifted purchases of the steelmaking ingredient.

The most-traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange, for September delivery, closed up 3.3% at 598 yuan ($84.64) per tonne. It surged 3.8% earlier in the day.

The May futures contract, meanwhile, gained as much as 3.9% to 668 yuan per tonne, the most in two weeks.

The rise in the September contract came as the backwardation in prices narrowed on recovering profits at steel mills, according to Zhuo Guiqiu, an analyst with Jinrui Futures.

The rebar profit margin in north China touched 500 yuan per tonne, as of April 8, compared with a plunge to as low as 34 yuan per tonne last month, according to Jinrui Futures.

“The price for the May contract jumped closer to the spot price as it’s due for delivery soon,” said Zhuo, noting the spot price of iron ore at around 674 yuan per tonne.

Furthermore, another weekly drop in steel inventories held by traders also fuelled demand for steel products and raw materials.

Steel stocks in China fell 4.6% on the week to 22.4 million tonnes as of Thursday, data compiled by Mysteel consultancy showed.

China seen as stop-gap center for Vale with key iron ore port TRMT shut on COVID-19

  • Malaysian terminal shut since March 24
  • China ports to cater to Southeast Asia customers
  • No impact expected for Brazilian miner’s 2020 sales

SingaporeAs China slowly comes out of lockdowns imposed earlier this year, its ports and iron ore blending facilities are being seen as viable alternatives for avoiding trade disruptions created by quarantine measures enforced at key Asian export hubs, dry bulk market participants said.

Brazilian mining major Vale, which has one trans-shipment center in Southeast Asia — at Teluk Rubiah, Malaysia — is now looking to ship consignments out of China to meet demand from its iron ore customers in Southeast Asia.

Market participants said that a new iron ore export center has popped up with Vale requiring bulk ships to move iron ore cargoes from Chinese ports to Indonesia and Vietnam.

Vale needs three ships to move iron ore cargoes from China currently, sources said.

It seeks tonnage to haul a 70,500-mt (plus/minus 5%) iron ore cargo from Zhanjiang to Bahodopi in Indonesia for April 7-11 laycan; another ship to move a 73,000-mt (plus/minus 10%) iron ore fines cargo from Dalian to Vietnam’s Dung Quat port, loading before April 12; and a third vessel to deliver a 100,000-mt (plus/minus 10%) iron ore fines cargo from Dalian to Son Duong in Vietnam for April 7-11 laycan.

 

STOP-GAP MEASURE

The operations at Malaysia’s Teluk Rubiah Marine Terminal, or TRMT, were temporarily halted from March 24 as it was unable to secure the minimum resources to safely operate the terminal, Vale said in a statement released on March 23.

“TRMT is still closed,” a shipbroker said Wednesday.

According to the Vale statement, ships heading to TRMT will be redirected and redistributed among Vale’s blending facilities in China with no expected impact on production and sales volume in 2020. However, there would be an impact on sales of approximately 500,000 mt during the first quarter of this year, it added.

“It’s simply a replacement of the usual trade from TRMT as Vale still needs to supply its customers [in the Pacific],” a shipping source familiar with the issue said.

China’s northern ports such as Dalian, Yantai and Dongjiakou are predominantly used as a base to meet Vale’s Brazilian Fines volumes contracted for Japan and South Korea.

The iron ore cargoes destined for Vietnam from Dalian have to be shipped on Panamaxes, Post-Panamaxes or the baby-Capesize ships due to draft restrictions at Dung Quat and Son Duong.

Many participants see these new loading centers as stop-gap measures to deal with the current situation and expect iron ore shipments from TRMT to resume once the virus outbreak is under controlled.

“This [the change in trade centers] doesn’t happen often,” the shipping source said.

“South China, Southeast Asia and India will be supplied from TRMT as usual and [the cargoes out of] China will serve either the cabotage or the Japan, South Korea, Taiwan markets once everything is back to normal,” the source added.

Malaysia was the destination of 6.3% of iron ore shipments from Brazil last year. Out of TRMT, 17 million mt was shipped to China and 2.6 million mt to Vietnam, according to Bachero Costa Research.

Link here to original S&P Global Platts article

China iron ore extends gains on stimulus hopes, falling Brazil exports

(Reuters) – China’s iron ore futures rose on Tuesday along with other ferrous derivatives amid hopes of stimulus support for the global economy facing recession due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Iron ore prices also got a boost after major supplier Brazil reported a 17.5% month-on-month decline in exports of the steelmaking raw material in February.

The Dalian Commodity Exchange’s most-traded iron ore contract climbed as much as 4.2% to 666 yuan ($95.55) a tonne, adding to Monday’s 3.6% gain. Futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 1.8% to $87.53 yuan.

Iron ore rebounded on Monday from a four-session sell-off on expectations of further government support for the paralysed Chinese economy, and after industry data showed stockpiles at the country’s ports fell further.

“After China’s manufacturing PMI fell to its lowest ever level, expectations that the Chinese government would step in with an aggressive stimulus package rose strongly,” said Daniel Hynes, senior commodity strategist at ANZ in Sydney.

China recorded its sharpest contraction in factory activity in February, triggered by the coronavirus epidemic.

An aggressive fiscal and monetary policy support from the government could fuel a recovery in domestic steel demand that has been weakened by a prolonged Lunar New Year break and restrictions due to the epidemic.

Global stimulus measures should also benefit China, which accounts for more than half of the world’s steel output.

Finance ministers from G7 are expected to hold a conference call on Tuesday, sources said, to discuss measures to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The chorus of central banks saying that they ‘are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to blah, blah, blah…’ is growing. Markets seem to be enjoying the rhetoric,” said Robert Carnell, head of research, Asia Pacific, at ING.

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Fortescue registers record iron ore shipments – Cadence Minerals

Fortescue Metals Group has achieved a record shipment of iron ore in the December 2019 quarter with 46.4 million tonnes.

This led to record shipments for the first half of the 2020 financial year with 88.6 million tonnes.

Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines expects shipments at the end of the financial year to be at the upper end of the 170 to 175 million tonne guidance.

“Once again, the Fortescue team has achieved outstanding results, demonstrated by multiple records,” Gaines said.

“Excellent operational performance across all mines, rail and port was maintained to deliver shipments of 46.4 million tonnes, a 9 per cent improvement on the corresponding period last year.”

The news came as Fortescue announced it was set to invest $US450 million ($666 million) into the next stage of its Pilbara energy connect program.

The program, called the Pilbara Generation project, will combine 150 megawatts of gas fired generation with 150 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation.

This will be supplemented by large scale battery storage that will be constructed, owned and operated by Fortescue.

The Pilbara Generation project complements Fortescue’s existing $US250 million Pilbara transmission project announced last October, which will provide low cost power to the Iron Bridge magnetite project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Together, the transmission and generation projects will provide Fortescue with a hybrid solar gas energy solution that will deliver low cost power to Iron Bridge.

Fortescue also came into an agreement with Alinta Energy last year to build the Chichester solar gas hybrid project.

It will see up to 100 per cent of daytime stationary energy requirements of the Chichester Hub iron ore operations in the Pilbara powered by renewable energy.

Gaines said this US$700 million commitment to electricity generation and transmission infrastructure would significantly slash carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions.

“The modelling indicates by installing 150 megawatts of solar PV we will avoid up to 285,000 tonnes of CO2e per year in emissions, as compared to generating electricity solely from gas,” she said.

“Pilbara energy connect allows for large scale renewable generation such as solar or wind to be connected at any point on the integrated network, positioning Fortescue to readily increase our use of renewable energy in the future.”

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These record iron ore numbers are also indirectly driving recommissioning activities among previously mothballed iron ore mines.

In NE Brazil, a jv between AIM listed Cadence Minerals #KDNC and Singapore based commodities group IndoSino Pte Ltd will see the former Anglo American (AAL) and Cliffs Natural Resources owned Amapá iron ore project recommissioned.

With key rail concessions granted to Cadence for shipping in December, this large-scale iron open pit ore mine with associated rail, port and beneficiation facilities is expected to produce 5.3 million tonnes of iron ore by 2024.

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