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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – European Metals Announcement: Just Transition Fund Approves Cinovec Project

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the announcement by European Metals Holdings Limited (ASX & AIM: EMH, OTCQX: EMHXY, ERPNF and EMHLF) that the Cinovec Project has been classified as a Strategic Project for the Usti Region of the Czech Republic. The list of Strategic Projects has been approved by the European Commission, the Czech Central Government and the Czech Regional Goverment in Usti. Being classified as such means that the Cinovec Project has priority for grant funding from the Just Transition Fund (“JTF“) co-funding, ahead of many other projects that have been submitted.

The total amount allocated by the Just Transition fund for the Czech Republic is CZK 41B (€1.64B) of which the Usti region has been allocated CZK 15.8B (approx. €632M).

The first call for grant applications under the JTF opened on 14 November 2022 and closes on 31 December 2023.

Given the total amount which may be applied for by the eleven designated Strategic Projects in the Usti region in the first call is CZK 8.3B (approx €350M) and that the funds allocated in this first call from the Just Transition Fund to these Strategic Projects totals CZK7.3B (approx €300M), although there can be no certainty,  the Company is confident that Cinovec will receive a significant portion of the funds applied for from the JTF for the Project.

The maximum funding to be made available upon application to each Strategic Project in the Usti Region is CZK 1.2bn (approx €49M). The Cinovec Project has been allocated the maximum possible JTF grant of CZK 1.2B (approx €49M), subject to passing through the application process, funds remaining available and obtaining the necessary permits for the early-stage Cinovec work programmes to which this grant funding is planned to be applied to, in particular the early full development of the twin decline entry/egress system for the mine.

Accordingly, *Geomet s.r.o (the Cinovec project company) will apply for JTF Grant funding for the maximum amount of CZK 1.2B (approx  €49M).

EMH Executive Chairman Keith Coughlan said:

“I am very pleased that the European Union via the Just Transition Fund has approved the Cinovec Project as a Strategic Project for the Usti Region of the Czech Republic.  This approval provides further evidence of strong support from the Czech Government and the European Union and the Europe-wide recognition of the critical part which the Cinovec Project will play in enabling the EU to reach its stated goals of lithium self-sufficiency by 2030.”

“The proposed grants from the Just Transition Fund could play an important part in accelerating the development of the Cinovec Project. For example, the initial entry into the deposit via twin declines and ancillary road network at the proposed Dukla site are likely to be early-stage beneficiaries of this funding. This could reduce the time until first ore is produced by the Cinovec Project post final investment decision.  As the funding is in the form of a non-repayable grant this could also have the additional benefit of not diluting the existing shareholders of the Company.”

“European Metals is well positioned for the rising demand in battery materials, developing the Cinovec project, the largest hard rock lithium project in the EU, which is centrally located on the Czech Republic’s border with Germany. The project possesses excellent ESG credentials which will enable the production of battery grade lithium hydroxide and carbonate with potentially one of the lowest CO2 emissions, globally.”

Link here to view the full EMH announcement

*Geomet s.r.o. controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over the Cinovec Lithium/Tin Project. Geomet has been granted a preliminary mining permit by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Industry. The company is owned 49% by EMH and 51% by CEZ a.s. through its wholly owned subsidiary, SDAS. Headquartered in the Czech Republic, CEZ a.s. is an established, integrated energy group with operations in a number of Central and South-eastern European countries and Turkey.

Cadence Minerals holds approximately 7.2% percent of the equity in European Metals Holdings.

For further information contact:

 

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 20 3582 6636
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel

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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.

Quoted Micro 30 January 2023

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) says 2022 trading was in line with expectations. The 2022 results will be published on 30 March.

Electric vehicle drivetrain technology developer Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has raised £6.235m at 5p a share. That was slightly more than initially indicated. A lease is being secured on additional premises. The contracted order book is worth £8.6m. Interim revenues were £1.05m and the full results will be announced on 15 February.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says existing contracts underpin growth in in 2023. There are £22m of vanadium flow battery systems due for delivery in 2023 and a further £7.4m order book for 2024. There was £5.1m of cash in the bank at the end of 2022. Pilot projects with Siemens Gamesa should begin in the summer and a next generation product should be available in the first half of 2024.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has completed the sale of its joint venture interest in Yangibana rare earths project for A$9m of shares in ASX-listed Hastings, which is equivalent to 1.9%. Evergreen Lithium is expected to list on the ASX on 10 March – Cadence Minerals owns 15.8 million shares, which are expected to be valued at A$3.96m.

A full year update from Chapel Down Group (CDGP) shows string growth in sparkling wine sales. Group revenues were 10% ahead at £15.6m with momentum increasing in the second half. Margins should have improved.

Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) reported a small dip in interim pre-tax profit to £731,000, partly due to additional charges relating to a property in Sunderland. There is available cash of £9.5m for further property investments and contracts have been exchanged on a Dorchester property.

Helium Ventures (HEV) had £157,000 in cash at the end of October 2022. The proposed acquisition of Vestigo Technologies, which supplies tracking software, continues to be progressed.

Goodbody Health (GDBY) is partnering with Datar Cancer Genetics to offer the Trucheck circulating tumour cell screening service.

Tap Global (TAP) has signed up its first client for its crypto app. Global cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex will use the service to offer clients a prepaid Mastercard and convert cryptocurrency to Euros.

SuperSeed Capital (WWW) says the SuperSeed II LP has invested in eight SaaS companies and a further investment should be made in the first quarter of 2023.

RentGuarantor Holdings (LON: RGG) is licencing its software to Clever Student Lets to use on its student letting platform.

Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has published fourth quarter production figures. Silver output was 401,000 ounces in the period, while gold output was 4,000 ounces. Full year production was one million ounces of silver and 11,000 ounces of gold.

AQRU (AQRU) has launched its lending pool via subsidiary Accru Finance. This allows investors to generate yield from tax credit receivables originating from the IRS in the US. Annual returns of up to 10% are indicated.

Good Energy (GOOD) was one of three energy suppliers criticised for not providing enough help to their prepayment customers to claim the £400 of support vouchers from the government.

Marula Mining (MARU) says that initial deliveries of 1,000 tonnes of high-grade lithium ore from the Blesberg mine will commence shortly and take four weeks. Processing of existing stockpiles is ongoing, while site infrastructure is upgraded.

Chris Akers continues to build up his stake in Asimilar Group (ASLR) and it has reached 8.01%.

AIM

Spectacles supplier Inspecs (SPEC) is expected to report slightly better than expected full year figures. The figures are still much worse than expected prior to the previous warning, where destocking and poorly performing businesses led to a significant downgrade. Sales were flat at $246m, although there was growth before currency movements. Pre-tax profit is set to more than halve from $17.9m to $7.7m.

Battery technology developer Ilika (IKA) has been awarded a UK government grant of £2.8m for taking a leading role on a 24-month Faraday Battery Challenge in collaboration with BMW and Williams. This will further the development of Ilika’s Goliath battery, which is designed to be cost-effective and recyclable. There were no surprises in the interims earlier in the week. In the six months to October 2022, revenues improved from £179,000 to £204,000, which all came from UK grants. Net cash outflow from operating activities increased from £2.19m to £3.84m. Net cash is £17.8m. The Stereax M300 miniature battery should be launched by the summer.

Results from aerospace composites kits supplier Velocity Composites (LON: VEL) were as expected following the trading statement at the end of 2022. In the year to October 2022, revenues were 22% higher at £12m, while the loss was flat at £1.5m. A further loss is forecast for this year, while the US deal with GKN Aerospace builds up later in the year. A full year contribution from the US GKN business should push the company into profit.

Fire Angel Technology (FA.) reduced its loss last year, even after higher procurement costs, and it expects significantly enhanced margins this year. The home safety products supplier increased 2022 revenues by nearly one-third to £57.5m. A further reduction in loss is expected this year with helpful currency movements providing potential for further upside.

Healthcare data analysis provider Diaceutics (DXRX) beat expectations with revenues 44% higher at £20m, helped by currency movements, and margins are being maintained despite inflationary pressures. Diaceutics has secured two agreements with top ten global pharma companies. The order book is worth £15.6m. Investment in data and technology is being increased.

Following the departure of the recently appointed chief executive Inland Homes (INL) has sold its greenfield strategic land portfolio. There was a £3.5m profit on the sale that raised £9.5m in cash. There will also be fees generated for assisting the purchaser. Despite the disposal, net debt has risen to £100m and trading conditions have deteriorated. The 2021-22 loss is expected to be £91m and NAV has fallen to 40p a share.

Fiinu (BANK), which offers the Plugin overdraft to individuals with accounts with other banks, has completed the core banking platform configuration and its testing. General testing of the service is continuing. There is £35m-£40m required to fund the bank and a staged fundraising will commence before Easter.

Piling contractor Van Elle (VANL) had already flagged the interims, but the pre-tax profit was still slightly higher than expected at £3.3m. The interim dividend is 0.4p a share. Full year pre-tax profit forecasts have been maintained at £5.2m, although next year’s figures has been trimmed to £6m.

Gaming Realms (GMR) has signed a brand licensing deal with Tetris Inc, the holder of the rights to the eponymous falling blocks game. Tetris Slngo mobile will be launched globally before the end of 2023.

MAIN MARKET

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) is due to commence a phase 1 clinical trial for its lead programme OCT461201 for the treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy with the interim results due in the second quarter. Management says it has enough cash to get it into the first quarter of 2024. GHS Capital has reduced its stake to below 3%.

Motor dealer Pendragon (PDG) says fourth quarter trading is slightly ahead of expectations and this has offset inflationary pressures. Underlying full year pre-tax profit should be more than £57m, down from £83m for the previous year. Net debt is around £23m. There continue to be constraints in the supply of new vehicles.

One Heritage Group (OHG) expects a further impairment charge of between £750,000 and £1.25m. Martin Crews is being replaced as development director by Paul Westhead on an interim basis. The major shareholder loan facility has been raised from £9.5m to £11m.

Mode Global Holdings (MODE) is winding down its operations because it was unable to raise the cash it required to grow the business.

Andrew Hore

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Listing of Evergreen Lithium on the Australian Stock Exchange

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that Evergreen Lithium Limited (“Evergreen”) has filed its admission Prospectus with Australian Securities & Investments Commission and the Australian Stock Exchange (“ASX”). Cadence owns approximately 15.8 million Evergreen shares which are anticipated to represent 8.7% of the issued share capital of Evergreen on admission. Evergreen’s indicative timetable for admission is 10 March 2023.

Highlights:

  • Evergreen Lithium has filed a listing and offering prospectus with the ASX; the anticipated admission date is 10 March 2023.
  • On admission, Cadence will own approximately 8.7% of Evergreen, which at the offer price values Cadence’s equity stake at AS$ 3.96 million.
  • Evergreen intends to advance three hard rock lithium exploration projects in Australia.
  • The flagship Byone Lithium Project covers the north-eastern strike extent of the lithium-and tantalum endowed Bynoe Pegmatite field;
    • The project is adjacent to Core Lithium’s producing lithium mine.
    • Soil sampling on the project returned geochemical anomalies indicating lithium mineralisation.
    • Based on soil sampling alone an initial five target zones have been identified that contain lithium mineralisation.
  • The second prospect, Kenny Lithium, is located within the Dundas Mineral Field of Western Australia, close to Mt Dean and Mt Belches-Bald Hill pegmatite fields’
    • Initial field mapping on the project has confirmed the presence of substantial outcropping pegmatites
    • 10km zone of pegmatite outcropping has been confirmed in the North-Eastern section of the Kenny Lithium Project
    • Evergreen has recently completed a comprehensive auger program, drilling 1,731 holes. Evergreen expects the results to be available shortly after admission.

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “On behalf of the Cadence board, I am pleased that our investment into Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies have materialised into soon to be listed Evergeen and its Byone and Kenny lithium projects. Once Evergreen lists on the ASX market, it will add further value to Cadence’s rounded portfolio of listed lithium investment vehicles, which include European Metals Holdings (AIM: EMH) and our Sonora Lithium assets. Added to this, Cadence has exposure to the world class Yangibana rare earths project through it’s shareholding in Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS) and of course our flagship Amapa iron ore project, the value of which was recently estimated with the publication of a pre-feasibility study, associated post tax NPV and maiden ore reserve declaration.” 

“Your board believes that considerable potential exists across our assets to deliver further progress as we move forward in 2023. I look forward to reporting back with further developments.”

Background to Cadence’s investment in Evergreen Lithium

Cadence Minerals received approximately 15.8 million shares in Evergreen in July 2022 when Cadence sold its 31.5% stake in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies (“LT and LS”) to Evergreen as announced on 27 June 2022. This initial consideration was valued at AS$ 3.16 million (£1.81 million). A further AS$ 6.63 million (£3.80 million) shares in Evergreen are due to Cadence on the achievement of certain performance milestones by Evergreen. Further details of these milestones can be found in the Evergreen prospectus available here. Cadence’s shares may be subject to a 2-year escrow agreement as determined by the listing rules of the ASX.

As of 31 December 2021, the total carrying values of LT and LS in the Company’s balance sheet was approximately £803,000. Based on the anticipated admission price of Evergreen on the ASX, Cadence’s shares in Evergreen will be worth £2.27 million.

Evergreen Lithium

On acquiring LT and LS, Evergreen became the 100% owner of three exploration tenements. The Bynoe Lithium Project and Fortune Lithium Project (awaiting grant of exploration permit) are located in the Northern Territory, and the Kenny Lithium Project is located in Western Australia.

Evergreen is listing on the ASX to develop these projects further and raise up to AS$ 7 million via a share offer. Evergreen can advance its business model if the listing and the offer are successful.

Byone Lithium Project

The Bynoe Lithium Project is Evergreen’s flagship prospect. Evergreen’s primary focus is to explore and discover an economically viable lithium resource for development. The Bynoe Lithium Project is located south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. It covers the north-eastern strike extent of the lithium- and tantalum-endowed Bynoe Pegmatite Field.

The Bynoe Pegmatite Field is host to Core Lithium Ltd’s (ASX: CXO) (“Core Lithium” or “Core”) high-grade Finniss lithium deposit, which is adjacent to Core Lithium’s producing lithium mine. Core Lithium’s deposit is just 1.2km from the Bynoe Lithium Project. Soil sampling conducted on the Bynoe Lithium Project has returned geochemical anomalies that indicate the lithium mineralisation continues along the trend into the Company’s Bynoe Lithium Project. Based on the initial stages of soil sampling alone (which only covers approximately 10-20% of the Bynoe Lithium Project area, an initial five target zoneshave been identified that contain lithium mineralisation. The Bynoe Lithium Project covers an area of 231 km2, making Evergreen one of the largest tenement holders within the central Bynoe Pegmatite Field after Core Lithium.

In recent years, exploration activities within the Bynoe Field have been focused on the discovery of economic lithium mineralisation hosted in pegmatites, the most successful of which has been Evergreen’s neighbour, Core Lithium, which in a very short time frame, has delineated a JORC mineral resource of 18.9mt at 1.32% Li2O at its Finniss Project. Core Lithium has achieved excellent drilling intercepts at their BP33 prospect of 107 metres at 1.70% Li2O, located within 1km of the Bynoe Lithium Project and Core Lithium’s Finniss (BP33) mine.

After listing and completion of its capital raise, Evergreen intends to expand the geochemical soil sampling significantly. In addition, Evergreen recently completed an Ambient Noise Topography (“ANT”) Survey and is currently awaiting its geophysical interpretation. Core Lithium recently used ANT (refer to ASX announcement Core Lithium, 1 August 2022, “BP33 drilling delivers outstanding results”). Core noted the results were an “outstanding success” and showed “excellent correlation” with known pegmatite bodies that were already identified by drilling.

Once the baseline geochemical and geophysical data is collected, Evergreen plans to systematically drill test the anomalies, starting with the highest priority along strike from Core Lithium’s mineralised pegmatites.

Kenny Lithium Project

The Kenny Lithium Project is located within the Dundas Mineral Field of Western Australia and 50km East of Norseman in the Eastern Goldfields. It is close to the Mt Dean and Mt Belches-Bald Hill pegmatite fields, and there are multiple significant lithium discoveries located in close proximity to the Kenny Lithium Project

The Kenny Lithium Project covers an area of 210 km2, providing Evergreen with a large and prospective land holding within the Dundas mineral field.

The Kenny Lithium Project lies at the southern end of the Norseman-Wiluna Granite Greenstone Belt within the Archaean Yilgarn Craton. This is a well-known lithium-producing region/mineral field and is host to the significant Mount Marion, Bald Hill and Baldania mines, respectively, which are close to the Company’s Kenny Lithium Project.

Initial field mapping on the Kenny Lithium Project has confirmed the presence of substantial outcropping pegmatites, whereby an approximate 10km zone of pegmatite outcropping has been confirmed in the North-Eastern section of the Kenny Lithium Project, which significantly exceeds what has already been identified by the Government Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).

Evergreen’s goal is to explore and discover an economic lithium resource for subsequent development. As with the Company’s Bynoe Lithium Project, minimal geochemical work has been undertaken within the tenure; however, historical results have proven encouraging. Evergreen has recently completed a comprehensive auger program, drilling 1,731 holes. Evergreen expects the results to be available following the  listing. After that, the Company will design a drill program to drill test any targets identified to be prospective for lithium mineralisation and test the economic potential.

Fortune Lithium Project

The Fortune Lithium Project (EL31828) is located in the Northern Territory and is currently in its application phase and undergoing Native Title procedures. Evergreen Fortune Lithium Project is 784.71km² and is located 150km northeast of Alice Springs, in the Arunta region. The tenement itself has not been historically explored for lithium.

The Fortune Lithium Project lies in the Mesoproterozoic Aileron Province of the Arunta Region. The Arunta Region comprises a sequence of Proterozoic rocks known to host tin-tantalum-tungsten pegmatites. Historic pegmatite-hosted workings targeting tin-tantalum and mica are recorded in the vicinity of the Fortune Lithium Project area. There has been no exploration activity on the Fortune Lithium Project tenement specifically. The Fortune Lithium Project is currently in the application phase and is, therefore not granted tenure.

For further information contact:

 

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 20 3582 6636
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel

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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.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (“MAR”). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Completion of Sale of Yangibana Joint Venture Interest to Hastings Technology Metals

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of its working interests in the Yangibana Rare Earths project (“Yangibana Project”) tenements to Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS) (“Hastings”).

Highlights:

  • Cadence has received AS$9 million of new ordinary shares in ASX-listed Hastings for its 30% stake in various tenements of the Yangibana Rare Earth Project
  • Cadence has received some 2.45 million shares of Hastings, roughly 1.9% of the issued share capital of Hastings
  • Hastings is constructing the world’s next producer of neodymium and praseodymium concentrate, with maiden production forecast to start in 2024
  • NPV of project AS$ 1 billion, Hastings current market capitalisation AS$472 million (24/01/2023)

Further transaction details are available in Company’s RNS dated 23 June 2022 here. Cadence has sold its 30% working interest in the Yangibana Project tenements to the operator and owner of the remainder of the Yangibana Project, Hastings, for A$9 million (£5.1 million), which has been satisfied via the issue of 2,452,650 new ordinary shares in Hastings to Cadence. These shares represent approximately 1.9% of the current issued share capital of Hastings Technology and are subject to a 12-month voluntary escrow. As of 31 December 2021, the total carrying values of the tenements in the Company’s balance sheet was approximately £905,000. Based on the transaction announced, the initial profits on the sale of our interest is approximately £4.2 million.

About Hastings

Hastings is a well-managed Perth-based rare earths company primed to become the world’s next producer of neodymium and praseodymium concentrate (NdPr). NdPr are vital components used to manufacture permanent magnets used daily in advanced technology products ranging from electric vehicles to wind turbines, robotics, medical applications and digital devices.

Hastings’ flagship Yangibana project, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, contains a highly valued NdPr deposit with NdPr: TREO ratio of up to 52%. The site is permitted for long-life production and with offtake contracts signed and debt finance in an advanced stage. Construction has commenced, and Hastings is planning to start commissioning the beneficiation plant in late 2023, with the delivery of maiden production to key customers in 2024.

In February of last year, Hastings published a revised NPV calculation, which increased the NPV by 84% to AS$ 1 billion. Hastings also owns and operates the Brockman project, Australia’s largest heavy rare earths deposit, near Halls Creek in the Kimberley. For further information on the Company and its projects, visit www.hastingstechmetals.com

For further information contact:

 

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 20 3582 6636
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
 

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

 

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce
Darshan Patel

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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.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (“MAR”). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Markets and Stocks January 2023 – Doc Holliday talks to Alan Green

Markets and Stocks January 2023 – Doc Holliday talks to Alan Green. We look at Doc’s new Twitter Spaces cast, before turning to stocks:

04:00 Avacta #AVCT | 06:00 Hvivo #HVO & Poolbeg Pharma #POLB | 08:15 – Longboat Energy #LBE / Energy stocks | 11:26 – Cadence Minerals #KDNC | 14:55 – Mining Companies | 17:40 – Argo Blockchain #ARB | 21:20 – Revolution Bars #RGB | 26:26 – Over the next few months | 29:30 – Harland & Wolff #HARL

Quoted Micro 9 January 2023

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

The pre-feasibility study for the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil, where Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has a 30% stake in a joint venture that can be increased to 49%, indicates a capital cost of $399m to bring the mine back into production. Based on the cost estimates in the study, WH Ireland believes that at full production the mine could generate a profit contribution of $292m a year – based on iron ore prices of $100/t and $120/t depending on the grade. It believes the project could breakeven at an iron price of $85/t. The price is currently around $115/t. Chief executive Kiran Morzaria bought 45,454 shares at 11p each.

Steen Andersen became chief executive of probiotics products developer ProBiotix Health (PBX) at the beginning of 2023. Revenues are improving and a trading statement will be published in the next few months. Product ranges are expanding and being launched in new countries. ProBiotix e-commerce revenues could be between £250,000 and £500,000 in 2023.

Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) confirmed that the FCA has approved its admission to the standard list, and this is set to happen on 9 January.

Spinal stabilisation devices developer TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has secured a bridge loan of £200,000 at an 8% interest rate and has a letter of intent from a UK investment group to invest £2.4m. The first tranche of £800,000 will be issued at 4p a share with two other tranches issued at 6p a share and 8p a share respectively. One of the conditions is that Dr Timothy Evans takes on an executive role. Due diligence is being carried out. There was a £786,000 cash outflow from operations and investment in the six months to September 2022.

Inqo Investments (INQO) is collaborating with Belmont University, Nashville on its project to use enterprise to tackle environmental and social issues around the Budongo Forest in Uganda via $4m grant.

Fenikso Ltd (FNK), which was previously called Lekoil, has completed the settlement agreements with Lekoil Nigeria Ltd and its former chief executive, as well as terminating arrangements with Savannah Energy (SAVE). However, Lekoil Nigeria has been given additional time to surrender the 107.7 million shares it holds in Fenikso, which has no operating assets.

Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has increased its proposed fundraising from C$7.5m to C$8.5m via an issue of units at C$0.425 each. The unit comprises one share and 0.5 of a warrant exercisable at C$0.60. A first tranche of C$6.8m has been issued and the rest should be issued by 10 January.

Mark Horrocks has acquired 5% of IamFire (FIRE). Saagar Ruaparell has taken a 3.21% stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ).

AIM

One Media IP (OMIP) expects revenues to be £5.1m and EBITDA of £1.8m in the year to October 2022. Revenues are better than forecast, but EBITDA is in line. The music and video IP rights owner has net cash of around £1.4m. Anti-piracy subsidiary TCAT is winning new contracts and One Media IP is no longer considering outside funding for the subsidiary. The annual results will be published in March and the company says that it will pay a final dividend.

Embedded computer products developer Concurrent Technologies (CNC) says 2022 revenues will be 10% ahead of expectations, although pre-tax profit is maintained at around £100,000. Order intake was more than one-quarter ahead at £31m. Double shifts have commenced at the company’s factory. Pre-tax profit is expected to recover to £2.7m in 2023.

Helium One Global (HE1) will not be able to procure the Exalo drilling rig as it had expected because the current user has taken up a 12-month option on its operation. This will delay exploration drilling, which was due to start in the first quarter of 2023.

Cancer diagnostic test developer Angle (AGL) warned that revenues are lower than expected. Revenues will be just above £1m in 2022 after contract delays, while 2023 revenues have been downgraded from £5m to £3.9m. Market conditions have hampered the cancer diagnostics company in securing partnerships and building the commercial use of the Parsortix cancer cells capture technology.

hVIVO (HVO) has secured a £5.2m contract with an Asia Pacific-based biotech company to test a vaccine in a Phase IIa study. This uses the company’s respiratory syncytial virus human challenge study expertise, and the study will be conducted in Whitechapel from the third quarter of 2023.

Cleaning services provider React Group (REAT) has won a two-year contract with a high street fast food chain and it should generate revenues of £800,000 in the year to September 2023. It was an existing client of window cleaning business LaddersFree, which was bought last May.

DeepMatter (DMTR) left AIM on 5 January.

MAIN MARKET

Conversational gaming company Streaks Gaming (STK) has joined the standard list and raised £3m at 3p a share to develop its platform. The initial games will be knowledge-based and be played between AI-generated digital personalities. Initial income will be generated from introducing people to sports betting firms. Aquis-quoted AQRU (AQRU) invested £2.3m of that cash, which should last for two years even with limited revenues. Much of that cash will go on social media platform fees and directors pay. The share price ended the week at 3.5p (3p/4p). There were no shares traded on 5 January with four trades of 122,000 shares the following day.

Cadmium-free quantum dots developer Nanoco (NANO) has come to a settlement agreement in its litigation with Samsung relating to the infringement of Nanoco’s patents. The two companies have 30 days to secure a binding agreement. The US court proceedings were due to start on 6 January.

Funeral director Dignity (DTY) believes the latest offer from a consortium involving major shareholder Phoenix Asset Management could be acceptable. The initial offer was 475p a share, while the latest revised proposal is 525p a share in cash. Phoenix Asset Management owns 29.7% of Dignity. The bid vehicle is Yellow (SPC) Bidco Ltd, which is a joint venture between Phoenix Asset Management backed investment company Castelnau, which is managed by former Dignity chief executive Gary Channon, and a company established by Sir Peter Wood.

Antimicrobial and textile odour control materials developer HeiQ (HEIQ) says trading conditions have worsened because of weak consumer spending. There are also high levels of inventory in the market, which has hit reorder levels and customers are hesitant to invest in product innovation. HeiQ is acquiring Tarn-Pure for £850,000 in cash and shares. Tarn-Pure has IP relating to regulatory registrations to sell elemental copper and elemental silver for use in disinfecting hygiene applications.

Andrew Hore

Alan Green covers Marula Mining #MARU & Cadence Minerals #KDNC on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Alan Green covers Marula Mining #MARU & Cadence Minerals #KDNC on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Director Share Purchases

Cadence (AIM/NEX: KDNC), the mining investment company, announces that on the 05 January 2023 the following director purchased ordinary shares in the Company.

Director

Position

Number of ordinary shares acquired

Price paid per share (£)

Kiran Morzaria

Director & CEO

45,454

0.11

After this acquisition the total notifiable share interest in the Company for the directors is as follows

Director

Position

Total holding of ordinary shares

Kiran Morzaria

Director & CEO

1,472,434

Donald Strang

Finance Director

957,545

Andrew Suckling

Non-Executive Chairman

381,602

Adrian Fairbourn

Non-Executive Director

731,005

 

– Ends –

Cadence Minerals plc

                                                        +44 (0) 20 3582 6636

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

                                                     +44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

Darshan Patel

 

 

 

 NOTIFICATION AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF TRANSACTIONS BY PERSONS DISCHARGING MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERSONS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THEM

1

Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated

a)

Name

Kiran Morzaria

2

Reason for the notification

a)

Position/status

Director & CEO

b)

Initial notification/ Amendment

Initial notification

3

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Cadence Minerals PLC

b)

LEI

213800TUZWG9C2GRNO58

4

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

 

Identification code

Ordinary Share

 

 

GB00B067JC96

b)

Nature of the transaction

Share Purchase, Share Incentive Scheme

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

Price(s)

Volume(s)

£0.11

45,454

d)

Aggregated information

–      Aggregated volume

–      Price

 

45,454

£0.11

 

e)

Date of the transaction

04/01/2023

f)

Place of the transaction

XLON, AIM

 This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (“MAR”). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

UKIM Podcast – CEO Alan Green discusses 14 shares to watch in 2023


Alan Green joins the Podcast for a run down of his shares to watch in 2023.

We start with a look at Bidstack and the disappointing start to the year before we jump into Alan’s 14 stocks to watch in 2023.

Companies included:

  • Shell (LON:SHEL)
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  • Power Metal Resources (LON:POW)
  • Tekcapital (LON:TEK)
  • Cadence Minerals (LON:KDNC)
  • ECR Minerals (LON:ECR)
  • Blencowe Resources (LON:BRES)
  • First Class Metals (LON:FCM)
  • GreenX Metal (LON:GRX)
  • Kavango (LON:KAV)
  • More Acquisitions (LON:TMOR)
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  • Technology Minerals (LON:TM1)

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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Pre-Feasibility Study Delivers Robust Economics for the Amapá Iron Ore Project, Brazil

Post-Tax Project NPV US$949 million, Internal Rate of Return of 34% and a Project Maiden Ore Reserve Estimate of 195.8 Mt (Cadence attributable of 58.74 Mt) at 39.34% Fe Declared

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce the completion of the Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) on the Amapá Iron Ore Project, Brazil (“Amapá” or the “Project”).

The PFS confirms the potential for the Amapá Iron Ore Project to produce a high-grade iron ore concentrate and generate strong returns over its life of mine. Completing the PFS is a significant milestone in the Project’s development, laying the foundations to advance Amapá to eventual production.

Cadence holds a 30% interest in Pedra Branca and, consequently, a 30% interest in the Amapá Project and has a first right of refusal to increase its interest to 49%.

The PFS was managed by Pedra Branca Alliance Pte. Ltd. (“PBA”), Cadence and Indo Sino Pte. Ltd. (“Indo Sino”) and has been compiled by Wardell Armstrong International (“WAI”). WAI is a leading, globally recognised mining consultancy with a track record of conducting all levels of technical study required on projects that have successfully been financed and developed into mining operations.

PFS Highlights: 

  • Annual average production after ramp-up of 28 million dry metric tonnes per annum (“Mtpa”) of Fe concentrate, consisting of 4.36 Mtpa at 65.4% Fe and 0.92 Mtpa at 62% Fe concentrate.
  • Post-tax Net Present Value (“NPV”) of US$949 million (“M”) at a discount rate of 10%, with profit after tax of US$2.96 billion (“B”) over Life of Mine (“LOM”) gross revenues of US$9.39 B over LOM.
  • Post-tax Internal Rate of Return of 34%, with an average annual LOM EBITDA of US$235 M per annum.
  • Maiden Ore Reserve of 195.8 million tonnes (“Mt”) at 39.34% Fe, demonstrating an 85% mineral resource conversion.
  • Free on Board (“FOB”) C1 Cash Costs of US$35.53/dmt at the port of Santana. Cost and Freight (“CFR”) C1 Cash Costs US$64.23/dmt in China.
  • After applying tax rebates, a pre-production capital cost estimate of US$399 M, including the improvement and rehabilitation of the processing facility and the restoration of the railway and the wholly owned port export facility, cost estimations have a PFS level of accuracy at +/- 25%.
  • Key assumptions: Long-term average price for 62% iron ore concentrate of US$95/dmt and US$23.8/dmt premium for 65.4% iron ore concentrate, both quoted on a Cost and Freight (“CFR”) basis.
  • Opportunities: exploration target at the Tucano Mine to further extend initial mine life and potential capital savings at port loading facilities.

Based on the positive outcome of the PFS, the owner of the Project DEV Mineração S/A (“DEV”) intends to advance the Project. The initial works will include optimising the capital expenditure, optimising processing plant availability and efficiency and developing the adjacent exploration targets to increase the mine life, after which work on a Feasibility Study can begin.

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “On behalf of the Cadence Board, we are pleased and proud to release the Pre-Feasibility Study for the Amapá Iron Ore Project in Brazil. This study, which we consider to be a definitive moment for our company, re-enforces Cadence’s analysis that the Amapá Project can be regenerated and restarted on a profitable basis over an initial 16-year mine life.”

“The Study outlines a robust 5.28 Mtpa operation which can deliver excellent cash flows, and a post-tax NPV of US$949 million producing 4.36 Mtpa of 65.4% iron ore concentrate and 0.92 Mtpa of 62% iron ore concentrate.”

“We are also pleased to declare a maiden Ore Reserve of 195.8Mt at 39.34%, representing 85% resource to reserve conversion and confirming the robust project fundamentals.”

“The Project benefits from integrated infrastructure under the owner’s control, a well-established processing route, low capital intensity and a quality product with an international reputation. Along with a skilled workforce, proximity to operational infrastructure and the potential to increase the mineral resource means that Amapá remains an incredibly attractive investment opportunity.”

“The opportunity for DEV is to advance the Amapá Iron Ore Project to a Financial Investment Decision. This could be completed along with securing a strategic investor, offtake partner, separate listing, or a combination of these options. However, we recognise that there is still much work to complete at Amapá, which will ultimately deliver a Feasibility Study.”

“I look forward to reporting further progress across all our projects in the coming months.”

Table 1.1 Key Project Metrics (100% project basis)

Metric Unit 2022 PFS Data
Total ore feed to the plant Mt (dry) 176.88
Life of Mine Years 16
Fe grade of ore feed to the plant % 39.34
Recovery % 76.27
62.0% iron ore concentrate production Mtpa 0.89
65.4% iron ore concentrate production Mtpa 4.23
C1 Cash Costs FOB * US$/dmt 35.53
C1 Cash Costs CFR ** US$/dmt 64.23
Pre-Production capital investment*** US$M 399
Sustaining capital investment over LOM**** US$M 245
Post-tax NPV (10%) US$M 949
Post-tax IRR % 34
Project payback Years 4
Total profit after tax (net operating profit) US$B 2.96
* Means operating cash costs, including mining, processing, geology, OHSE, rail, port and site G&A, divided by the tonnes of iron ore concentrate produced. It excludes royalties and is quoted on a FOB basis (excluding shipping to the customer).
** Means the same as C1 Cash Costs FOB; however, it includes shipping to the customer in China (CFR).
*** Includes direct tax credit rebate over 48 months
**** Includes both sustaining CAPEX and deferred capital expenditure, specifically, improvements to the railway and the installation of conveyor belt and mine site to rail load out

Summary of Amapá Iron Ore Project PFS Results

The information in the press release contains a summary of the PFS and its results

Introduction

The Project consists of an open-pit iron ore mine, a processing and beneficiation plant, a railway line, and an export port terminal. DEV and its subsidiaries own the Amapá Project. DEV is owned by PBA, a joint venture between Cadence Minerals Plc (“Cadence”) and Indo Sino Trade Pte Ltd (“Indo Sino”).

The Project ceased operations in 2014 after the port facility suffered a geotechnical failure, which limited the export of iron ore. Before the cessation of operations, the Project generated an underlying profit of US$54 million in 2012 and US$120 million in 2011[1]. Operations commenced in December 2007, and in 2008, the Project produced 712 thousand tonnes of iron ore concentrate. Production steadily increased, producing 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate products in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

DEV continued to operate the Project and rehabilitate the port up until 2014. However, due to the restricted iron ore exports, and cash flow constraints, in August 2015, DEV filed for judicial protection in Brazil, and operations at the Project ceased.

In 2019 Cadence and Indo Sino, alongside DEV, submitted a judicial restructuring plan (“JRP”) for approval by the unsecured creditors. As part of the JRP, DEV sought to redevelop the Amapá Project. This strategy includes a plan to resume operations after plant revitalisation and modifications, aimed at improving product quality and increasing recovery, along with recovery of the port, railway, and support areas.

It should be noted that the Amapá Project, and Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”), has been managed by Indo Sino and Cadence in co-operation with Wardell Armstrong International (“WAI”); the latter has reviewed the work completed and compiled the PFS. The PFS and supporting reports, engineering designs and data are the sole property of PBA.

The Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve statements have been prepared in accordance with the Guidelines of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, and Ore Reserves, the JORC Code, 2012 Edition (JORC Code (2012)). Cost estimations were prepared by DEV, with input from third-party independent engineers and subsequently reviewed by WAI using the internationally accepted practice for PFS-level studies.

Location

The Amapá Project is in Amapá state, northeast Brazil. Amapá is the second least populous state and the eighteenth largest by area. Most of the Amapá state territory is covered with rainforest, while the remaining areas are covered with savannah and plains. The State capital and largest city is Macapá (pop. circa 500,000), with the similarly sized municipality of Santana (pop. circa 120,000) located just 14 km to the southwest.

The Amapá mine is some 125 km northeast of the state capital Macapá, and the port facility is located on the Amazon River in the municipality of Santana, close to Macapá, as shown in the figure here.

The port site in the municipality of Santana is located 90 km from the mouth of the Amazon River. The nearest populace centre to the Amapá mine is Pedra Branca Do Amapari, some 10 km west, with the larger conurbation of Serra do Navio 18 km to the northwest.

Amapá Project Components

The Amapá Project PFS encompasses four distinct but completely integrated operational components that form part of the study, as illustrated in the figure here.

Amapá Mining Complex

An open-pit iron ore mine with various open pits, an iron ore concentration and beneficiation plant, associated waste rock dumps, and a tailings management facility.

Railway Line

Integrated 194 km railway line connecting Serra do Navio to the port terminal at Santana. The rail passes via Pedra Branca do Amapari (180 km from the port), located 13 km away from the Amapá mine and plant complex by graded road.

Export Port Terminal

An integrated industrial port site, privately-owned and controlled by DEV, is located in Santana. The terminal had the capacity for loading Supramax and Handymax vessels.

Transhipment Solution

A Capesize vessel is partially loaded at the berth in Santana port and topped off in the open ocean, 200 nautical miles from the berth.

Pre-Feasibility Study

The PFS scope covers the existing mine, plant, rail, and port. Capital and operational estimates were developed for refurbishing the facilities to a safe working level. The study investigates all the design and business parameters necessary to operate the Amapá Project, including the railway system and privately owned port for loading vessels with iron ore concentrate. It has also included an upgrade to the existing plant with new equipment and improved efficiency to produce 4.36 Mtpa of Blast Furnace Pellet Feed (“BFPF”) and 0.92 Mtpa of spiral concentrate, a total of 5.28 Mtpa (on a dry basis).

Cost Estimates

The capital costs (“CAPEX”) estimate is based on the layout for all areas of the Project and is supported by mechanical equipment lists and engineering drawings. The costs for these items have been derived from vendor quotes for the equipment and materials or consultant engineering databases. The CAPEX estimate is after tax (any duties and taxes deemed to be recoverable are calculated separately), includes contingency, and excludes escalation. The CAPEX estimate includes all the direct and indirect costs, local taxes and duties and appropriate contingencies for the facilities required to bring the Project into production, as defined by a Pre-Feasibility level engineering study.

As this is a PFS, the cost accuracy is estimated at ± 25% and has a base date of June 2022. Pre-Production capital cost estimates are provided below.

Table 1.2 Pre-Production capital cost estimates

Description (US$M)
Direct Capex Mining 2.8
Direct Capex Beneficiation Plant and Mining 155.1
Direct Capex Rail 28.5
Direct Capex Port 113.9
Sub-total Direct Capex 300.4
Sub-total Indirect Capex 65.2
Environment and Community Cost 7.1
Deduct Tax Credit 25.6
Contingency 52.1
Pre-Production Capex Cost 399.1

Table 1.3 Deferred, sustaining, and closure capital costs over LOM

Description (US$M)
Capex Tailings Storage Facility (“TSF”) 9.8
Capex Rail (2nd Phase) 20.0
Capex Conveyor Belt 61.2
Stay in Business 90.7
Closure Costs 62.8
Sustaining Capex Cost 244.5

Operating expenditures (“OPEX”) for the Project have been prepared based on the Project physicals, detailed estimates of the consumption of key consumables based on those physicals, and the unit cost of consumables.

The periods considered are annual, and production follows the production plan produced by DEV, based on a yearly output of 4.36 Mtpa of BFPF and 0.92 Mtpa of spiral concentrate, a total of 5.28 Mtpa (on a dry basis).

OPEX comprises physicals, labour, reagents and operating consumables, freight and power costs, mobile equipment, utilities, maintenance and mining contract costs, external contractor costs, environmental, and miscellaneous/other General and Administrative (G&A) expenses. OPEX estimates were prepared or advised by independent consulting engineers. The estimate is supported by engineering, benchmarking, and pricing of key consumables and costs were derived from past production figures and informal quotes from suppliers. The table below illustrates the operating costs developed by discipline during the PFS. The project FOB and CFR average cash cost per tonne of dry product over the LOM is summarised below.

Table 1.4 FOB and CFR average cash cost per tonne of dry product over the LOM

Cash Cost Per Discipline US$/dmt
Mine 17.05
TSF 0.08
Beneficiation Plant, Road / Conveyor Transfer & Rail Loading 12.43
Rail Freight 2.43
Port 1.55
G & A (5% total cost) 1.99
FOB Cash Costs 35.53
Marine Logistics 28.70
CFR Cash Costs 64.23

Project Financial Analysis

A PFS financial model was developed to evaluate the economics of the Project. Summary results from the financial model outputs are presented in tables within this section, including financial analysis. The financial model considers 100% equity funding for the Project, although, in reality, the financing of the Project will be a mix of debt and equity. However, the existing obligations in terms of principal repayment and current interest liabilities payable have been included in the financial model. A summary of the key financial information is presented below.

Table 1.5 Summary of key financial information for the Project.

Item Over Life of Mine Unit 2022 PFS Data
Gross revenue US$M 9,387
Freight (Maine Logistics) US$M (2,350)
Net Revenue US$M 7,037
Operating costs US$M (2,910)
Royalties and taxes (excluding income tax) US$M (373)
EBITDA US$M 3,754
EBIT US$M 3,315
Net Taxes and Interest US$M 355
Net Operating Profit US$M 2,960
Initial, Sustaining capital costs & repayments US$M 727
Free Cash Flow US$M 2,672

 

Item Unit 2022 PFS Data
LOM Years 16
Discount rate % 10
NPV US$M 949
IRR % 34
Project Payback Years 4

 

Project Sensitivity Analysis

A sensitivity analysis was performed on key parameters within the financial model to assess the impact of changes on the post-tax NPV of the Project (debt-free). To examine the sensitivity of the Project base case NPV the economic and operational conditions of each cost factor were independently varied within a range of +/- 30%, and discount rates were changed within the 8%-15% range.

Project sensitivity analysis demonstrates that the Amapá Project is most sensitive to a change in iron ore concentrate price, followed by logistics costs (marine shipment charges) and operating costs. It was least sensitive to deviation in CAPEX. The figure here shows the results of the project sensitivity analysis. 

Mineral Resource Statement

The MRE was previously reported on 7 October 2022 and is available here. The MRE has been reported at a cut-off grade of 25% Fe constrained by a resource open pit and the topography dated April 2014 (grey surface in the figure here), in line with the Reasonable Prospects For Eventual Economic Extraction (RPEEE) principle. The MRE has been estimated, considering a product revenue of US$120/t. The geotechnical parameters, metallurgical recovery and updated mining costs were all provided by DEV.

Table 1.6 Summary of gross and attributable Mineral Resources for the Amapá Iron Ore Project. Attributable tonnage to Cadence is based on a 30% interest in the Project.

Classification Tonnage (Mt) Attributable Tonnage (Mt) Fe (%) SiO2 (%) Al2O3(%) P (%) Mn (%)
Measured 55.33 16.60 39.26 30.40 6.54 0.161 1.03
Indicated 174.15 52.25 38.60 28.75 7.86 0.156 0.91
Meas. + Ind 229.48 68.84 38.76 29.15 7.54 0.157 0.94
Inferred 46.76 14.03 36.20 27.62 10.49 0.139 0.86
  TOTAL 276.24 82.87 38.33 28.89 8.04 0.154 0.93

Notes:

(1) The Mineral Resource is considered to have reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction based on an optimised pit shell

(2) Cut-Off Grade reported within an optimised pit and above a cut-off grade of 25% Fe applied

(3) Tonnages are reported as wet tonnes

(4) Mineral Resources are not reserves until they have demonstrated economic viability based on a Feasibility Study or Pre-Feasibility Study

(5) The Mineral Resource Estimate has an effective date of 31 August 2022

(6) Mineral Resources have been classified in accordance with the Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results. Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code 2012)

(7) The attributable tonnes represent the part of the Mineral Resource that will be attributable to Cadence Minerals’ 30% interest in the Project

(8) The operator is DEV

As required per the JORC Code 2012, Table 1 for reporting MREs is available here.

Ore Reserve Statement

The mine engineering and design work for this PFS, including operational logistics, equipment requirements, mining strategy, and Ore Reserve Estimation, have been undertaken by a Brazilian mining consultancy, Prominas Mining Ltd (“Prominas”). These works have been conducted at the PFS level and incorporate an Ore Reserve Estimate for open pit mining, which was prepared under the guidelines of the JORC Code (2012).

Under the guidelines of the JORC Code (2012), an ‘Ore Reserve’ is the economically mineable part of a Measured and/or Indicated Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined or extracted and is defined by studies at Pre-Feasibility or Feasibility level as appropriate that include the application of considerations to convert Mineral Resources to Mineral Reserves. These considerations include, but are not restricted to, mining, processing, metallurgical, infrastructure, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social, and governmental factors, called ‘Modifying Factors’. Such studies demonstrate that, at the time of reporting, the economic extraction could reasonably be justified.

Prominas has estimated the Ore Reserve for the Amapá Project at 195.8Mt at an average grade of 39.34% Fe, at a cut-off grade of 25% Fe, as presented in the table below. 

Table 1.7 Amapá Project Ore Reserve Estimate (JORC Code (2012)) valid on 5 October 2022, DEV Mineral Rights – Fe >= 25. Attributable tonnage to Cadence is based on a 30% interest in the Project.

Classification Material Tonnage

(Mt)

Attributable
Tonnage
(Mt)
Head Grades (%)
Fe SiO2 Al2O3 P Mn
Proven Friable Altered Itabirite 30.3 9.09 38.88 29.72 7.29 0.169 1.19
Friable Itabirite 13.7 4.11 39.51 36.37 2.88 0.086 0.90
Friable Hematite 0.7 0.21 62.53 4.40 2.23 0.227 0.39
Colluvium 5.2 1.56 39.18 20.89 11.90 0.185 0.72
Canga 0.8 0.24 49.99 5.81 10.53 0.964 0.19
Sub-total 50.7 15.21 39.58 29.88 6.56 0.162 1.04
Probable Friable Altered Itabirite 51.6 15.48 38.34 30.63 6.84 0.174 1.25
Friable Itabirite 30.9 9.27 40.28 34.75 3.02 0.101 0.92
Friable Hematite 1.5 0.45 57.22 13.11 2.30 0.114 0.43
Colluvium 56.6 16.98 38.33 22.60 11.71 0.144 0.60
Canga 4.5 1.35 48.68 9.03 10.12 0.587 0.22
Sub-total 145.1 43.53 39.26 27.53 7.98 0.159 0.89
TOTAL 195.8 58.74 39.34 28.14 7.61 0.160 0.93

Notes:

  • The effective date of the Ore Reserve Estimate is 5 October 2022.
  • Ore Reserves are reported per the guidelines of the JORC Code (2012).
  • The Ore Reserve Estimate is reported to a cut-off of 25% Fe.
  • Ore Reserves were estimated at a selling price of US$120/t (FOB) and include modifying factors related to geotechnical parameters, mining cost, dilution and recovery, process recoveries and costs, G&A, royalties and rehabilitation costs.
  • A mining dilution factor of 3.0% and a mine recovery of 94% has been estimated and applied for the Ore Reserve Estimate.
  • Figures have been rounded to an appropriate level of precision for the reporting of Ore Reserves.
  • Due to rounding, some columns or rows may not compute exactly as shown.
  • The Ore Reserves are stated as wet (in-situ) tonnes processed at the crusher.
  • All figures are in metric tonnes.

The Ore Reserve contains only those Mineral Resources which are classified as Measured and Indicated and constrained by an economically and technically mineable engineered pit design, as described previously. The Ore Reserve has also been constrained by the property boundary and considering the position of existing and planned surface infrastructure.

The Competent Person utilised project-specific technical and economic Modifying Factors to estimate the Ore Reserves at Amapá. Sufficient mining and metallurgical work have been completed – and is further reinforced by historical production data – to support the Ore Reserve Estimate.

The Competent Person understands that the Ore Reserve Estimate can be affected by unforeseen metallurgical, environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing, or political issues. However, concerning environmental, licensing, legal, title, tax, and marketing considerations, the Competent Person, has relied upon the information presented in the full PFS report. As required per the JORC Code 2012, Table 1, needed for the reporting of Ore Reserves, is available here.

Mine Design

Pit designs and pushbacks were generated using MinePlan® software and adopting preliminary geotechnical, hydrological, cost and density parameters. The designs include benches, berms, and haul roads. The final pit mine design is presented in the figure here.

A LOM production plan was scheduled using the MinePlan® Scheduler Optimiser. The solids used in the mine schedule were based on the final pit design, with an SMU (Selective Mining Unit) of 100 m x 200 m x 4 m. The mining schedule per year is over 13 pits and is shown in the figure here.

Mining

Mining at the Amapá mine will use conventional open pit methods involving drilling, blasting, loading, and hauling ore and waste by a mining contractor. Operations will be conducted based on 365 operating days per year with three 8-hour shifts per day. An allowance has been made for the weather. Ore production is planned at an optimum rate of 12.6 Mtpa. Generally, the total rock mining rate (ore + waste) has been kept below 20 Mtpa. Grade control drilling will be used to delineate the ore zones for excavation as well as low-grade material and waste. Drilling and blasting of ore and waste rock will be required, while overburden materials will be free digging. Ore and waste will be loaded into 100 t capacity off-highway haul trucks to stockpiles, designated waste dumps, or used for construction of the TSF.

Extraction, loading, hauling, and disposal of ore and waste, internal materials handling, mining access opening and maintenance, drainage system operation, and maintenance will all be undertaken by, and the responsibility of, a specialist mining contractor under the management supervision of DEV. For the PFS, DEV obtained a mining cost quote from an experienced Brazilian mining contractor with over 14 years of operational experience in the mining and heavy construction markets.

Processing

Historically the beneficiation plant at the Amapá Project produced four product iron ore concentrates. The development strategy of DEV was to simplify the product stream and focus on higher grade and higher value products, albeit at a lower volume than historical production. The plan is to produce 5.28 Mtpa (dry) of Fe concentrate, consisting of 4.23 Mtpa at 65.4% Fe and 0.92 Mtpa at 62% Fe concentrate. Due to the production history and the metallurgical test work previously completed to achieve the production targets, no further test work was carried out for this PFS.

As far as processing engineering, there were two main work programmes. The first was assessing the current condition of the plant and infrastructure and the work required to refurbish the plant back to its previous state. The second was the flowsheet upgrade and improvements needed to achieve the production mix and targets as proposed within the PFS. ECM Projetos Industriais (“ECM”), who constructed the original Amapá processing plant, was responsible for designing and costing the required process flowsheet modifications and upgrades. ECM conducted an independent analysis of all the data and information available to validate it as the basis for the process design requirements of the PFS Study.

In summary, the process flow sheet consists of an initial crushing, screening, and homogenisation stage. This process produces two streams of crushed ore. The first stream is a +1mm -12mm product fed into the first milling circuit, magnetic separators and then to a desliming circuit before floatation.

The second stream is a -1mm product passed through a spiral circuit to produce a 62% Fe spiral concentrate. Various other flows from the second stream then report either back to the first milling circuit, the second ball mill circuit or the new magnetic separator circuit. The product from the new magnetic separator circuit is sent back to the first milling and then onto a desliming circuit before floatation.

The feed to the deslime circuit consists of the second milling ground product, the first milling circuit magnetic concentrate and the spiral concentrate dewatering screen undersize streams. Desliming occurs via three stages of hydrocyclones. The second and third-stage underflow streams are combined to report to the reverse floatation circuit.

The feed from the desliming circuit is sent to conditioning tanks, where the material is prepared for reverse floatation. The reverse floatation consists of two rougher stages and a final cleaner stage, where the floatation cell tails form the feed for the next step. The final cleaner produces an iron concentrate in which the silica and other impurities have been floated off. This iron concentrate is fed into a concentrate thickener which increases sedimentation. This stream then reports to the filter plant. The filtered concentrate is conveyed to a sampling system and then to the 65.4% Fe BFPF product stockpile. A summary of the process flow sheet can be found here.

Infrastructure

The surface infrastructure from the previous mining and processing operations still exists, including roads, administrative buildings, workshops, and processing buildings. When the mine closed, the mine’s facilities, processing plant, railway and port fell into disrepair. DEV has already begun the rehabilitation of some of the administrative buildings. The intent is to rehabilitate this infrastructure as part of the restart of the Amapá Project, and the costs associated with this were included in the PFS CAPEX.

The Amapá mine’s previous demand was stated as 25 MW; the new power requirement is 30 MW. The existing transmission line, at 69 kV voltage, which interconnects the UHE Coaracy Nunes (Hydroelectric Dam) to Serra do Navio, will not support Amapá mine’s power requirement.

DEV has been in discussion with Companhia de Eletricidade do Amapá (“CEA”) and has been informed that CEA is upgrading the regional transmission lines. CEA intends to construct and upgrade the current transmission line at a voltage of 138 kV from UHE Coaracy Nunes to Pedra Branca do Amapari, then to the plant, connecting to a new 138 kV – 30 MVA substation which DEV will construct. The CEA project timeline for this upgrade is in line with the development timeline of the Amapá Project. Power to the port is provided via connection to the Santana grid provided by CEA and is not expected to require any significant upgrade.

The water supply for the processing plant will come from the accumulated water in the TSF’s water retention ponds. In addition to the TSF return water from normal operations, fresh water will be taken from a local creek and pumped to the TSF. A separate line from the TSF’s return water supply will supply the potable water plant for potable water requirements.

Logistics

As mentioned, DEV owns or has concessions over the key logistics from the mine site to loading vessels at the Port of Santana on the Amazon River. The key logistical components are shown in the figure here.

The access haul road, approximately 13 km in length, is used to access the mine and haul concentrates between the concentrate stockpiles and the railhead at Pedra Branca do Amapari. The option to construct an overland conveyor belt to replace the truck haulage operation is viewed as the best way forward, and this has been included in the process plant upgrade work undertaken by ECM. This work will be completed in the initial two years after start-up.

The rail infrastructure is standard gauge and is 194 km in length, with a distance of 180 km between the railhead and the port. The capital expenditure on the railway will occur over two stages, the latter occurring as deferred CAPEX. Once the second stage of investment is completed, the estimated cargo handling capacity of the railway is estimated to be 6.4 million wet tonnes of ore.

The original port facility was constructed in the 1950s to handle manganese ore and consists of a rail loop, dual bottom-car dumper, central out load conveyor with stacker and reclaimer connected to a floating dock. In March 2013, the port suffered a failure. After the failure, DEV engaged an EPCM contractor to oversee the design and reconstruction of the port facility and associated works. Phase one of the work was completed; however, due to the iron ore price, the construction work stopped shortly after in 2014. Since operations ceased, the port was abandoned and fell into disrepair. The PFS study and CAPEX anticipate the continuation of the works per the EPCM contractor design. The repair of the jack-up rig and the rehabilitation of the port facilities. The figure here shows the planned materials handling and ship loading at the Santana port.

Mineral Title / Permitting

DEV and its subsidiaries own the Amapá Project and its licenses, mining rights and concessions. As the Project was previously operating, it held all the necessary permission to operate. However, since it ceased operations, many have lapsed.

DEV owns four Mining Concessions. The first three concessions are for iron ore, and the last is a gold extraction license. DEV has a joint venture with Mina Tucano Ltda (“Mina Tucano”), which allows Mina Tucano to mine gold and allows DEV to mine iron ore from Mina Tucano’s license. None of the historical mineral resources on license Mina Tucano is included as part of this PFS.

Although DEV owns the Mining Concessions, it does not currently have a Mine Extraction and Processing Permit. To do so, DEV must obtain an Operational License (“LO”) from the state environment authority. Once this has been completed, DEV will apply for Mine Extraction Permit. Since the Project was acquired by its current owners in 2022, DEV has been making the required regulatory filings and embarking on studies and maintenance works to comply with the National Mineral Agency requirements.

Before the suspension of mining, the Project had numerous LOs across the mining, rail, and port operations. These LOs expired between 2013 and 2018. In 2022 DEV began the regularisation of the expired environmental permits. In consultation with the Amapá State Environmental Agency, and the relevant state authorities, DEV has requested that the requirement for an environmental impact study be waived. This request for a waiver was on the basis that the previous LOs were granted on an operation that is substantially the same as is currently planned and remains applicable to future operations. DEV proposes that the company submit an Environmental Control Plan – “PCA” (Plano de Controle Ambiental); and Environmental Control Report – “RCA” (Relatório de Controle Ambiental). DEV has begun its proposed permit pathway for the Project based on the above requirements of a PCA and RCA.

The proposed permit pathway for the Project has both legal and practice precedent and is a reasonable approach, given the Projects status and level of development.

The state owns the railway line and associated land; therefore, for the Project to utilise this, it requires both the LO and a concession agreement with the State of Amapá. The previous operators of the Project were granted this concession in 2006 for 20 years under specific terms and conditions. The reinstatement of this concession to one of DEV’s 100% owned subsidiaries was in December 2019 and was extended to 2046. The concession allows DEV’s 100% owned subsidiary to operate the railway to primarily transport iron ore from the mine to its port in Santana. The State of Amapá owns the surface rights associated with the railway, and under the Railway Concession, DEV has been granted use over these surface rights.

In addition to the LO detailed above, the company’s port is regulated by the Agencia Nacional de Transportes Aquaviários (“ANTAQ”). As a result of the change of ultimate beneficiary of DEV, a change of control request was filed. This change of control was granted in November 2021. As part of the port change of control, ANTAQ has agreed to cease the recommended abrogation of the port concession. DEV owns the surface rights associated with the port.

The principal surface rights applicable to the Project are those above the mining concessions, those associated with the railway from the mine to the port and those associated with the port in Santana, Amapá. The surface rights above the Mining Concessions cover approximately 5,580 ha. DEV has lease agreements which cover this area.

Competent Person’s Statement

The information that relates to Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves is based on information compiled by Geraldo Majella, who is an associate of Prominas and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG). Geraldo Majella has sufficient relevant experience to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity for which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the “Australasian Code for reporting of Exploration Results, Exploration Targets, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves” (JORC Code). Geraldo Majella consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears and confirms that this information is accurate and not false or misleading.

Kiran Morzaria has also reviewed and approved the technical information in his capacity as a Qualified Person under the AIM Rules.

Opportunities

The PFS identified several opportunities that DEV intends to investigate further before the start of the feasibility study.

Mina Tucano Exploration Target

DEV has a right to explore mine for iron ore on Mina Tucano’s licenses. In 2011 DEV evaluated all the historical drilling on this license and further explored the license. DEV evaluated some 986 holes to establish a mineral resource estimate. The mineral recourse was estimated at a 25% Fe cut-off, 142.51 Mt at 36.77% Fe. This estimate covered measured, indicated, and inferred mineral resources. This historical mineral resource estimate cannot be considered a mineral resource estimated under JORC 2012.  

The initial data and core will need to be reviewed and audited to develop this exploration target, and additional resource drilling will need to be carried out. From this, if applicable, a JORC 2012mineral resource could be estimated. 

Port Loading Configuration

As part of a trade-off study on port loading, consulting engineers identified a modification of the railway loop and a change in the stockpile arrangement and associated product transportation. If these could be achieved, it would substantially reduce the retaining wall costs, as the rail loop would be moved approximately 100 m further away from the riverbank.

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.

Cautionary and 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.

The Ore Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimate have been prepared by Competent Persons, with Competent Person’s Statements at the end of the release. The Ore Reserves and Mineral Resources that underpin the production target have been prepared by a Competent Person that meets the requirements of the JORC Code.

The PFS developed engineering designs to provide costs at a +/- 25% level of accuracy. The company has concluded that it has a reasonable basis for giving the forward-looking statements and forecasted financial information included in this announcement.

This announcement has been prepared in accordance with JORC code 2012 and AIM listing rules. All material assumptions relating to production and financial forecasts are detailed in this report. Material and economic assumptions are summarised in the body of this release. Rounding may cause some computational discrepancies for totals in the tables in this announcement.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the company to constitute Inside Information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014, as it forms part of UK domestic law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended. Upon the publication of this announcement via a regulatory information service, this information is considered to be in the public domain. 

For further information contact:

 

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
 

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

 

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce
Darshan Patel

Glossary 

Al2O3 Aluminium oxide is a chemical compound of aluminium and oxygen
C1 Cash Costs Means operating cash costs, including mining, processing, geology, OHSE, rail, port and site G&A, divided by the tonnes of iron ore concentrate produced
Canga An iron-rich rock formed where material weathered from an original iron ore deposit has been cemented by iron minerals.
Colluvium Loose, unconsolidated material that accumulates above the weathering iron ore bodies.
Core A cylindrical section of a naturally occurring substance. Most core samples are obtained by drilling with special drills into the substance, such as sediment or rock, with a hollow steel tube called a core drill. The hole made for the core sample is called the “core hole.”
Cut-off grade The lowest grade of mineralised material that qualifies as ore in a given deposit or rock of the lowest assay is included in an ore estimate.
Discount rate The interest rate is used in discounted cash flow analysis to determine the present value of future cash flows.
Drillhole A drill hole is formed by the act or process of drilling boreholes using bits s the rock-cutting tool. The bits are rotated by various types and sizes of mechanisms motivated by steam, internal combustion, hydraulic, compressed air, or electric engines or motors.
EBITDA Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation is an alternate measure of profitability to net income. By stripping out the non-cash depreciation and amortisation expense as well as taxes and debt costs dependent on the capital structure, EBITDA attempts to represent cash profit generated by the company’s operations.
EPC means a company is contracted to provide engineering, procurement and construction services by the owner. The EPC contractor has direct contracts with the construction contractors.
EPCM means a company contracted to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services.  The owner contracts other companies directly to offer construction services, and they are usually managed by the EPCM contractor on the owner’s behalf.
Fe Chemical symbol for iron. It is a metal that belongs to the first transition series and group 8 of the periodic table. It is, by mass, the most common element on Earth, right in front of oxygen (32.1% and 30.1%, respectively), forming much of Earth’s outer and inner core. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth’s crust.
Feasibility study This study is the most detailed and will determine definitively whether to proceed with the Project. A detailed feasibility study will be the basis for capital appropriation and will provide the budget figures for the Project. Detailed feasibility studies require a significant amount of formal engineering work, are accurate to within 10-15% and can cost between ½-1½% of the total estimated project cost.
Final Investment Decision (“FID”) FID is the point in the capital project planning process when the decision to make major financial commitments is taken. At the FID point, major equipment orders are placed, and contracts are signed for EPC
Floatation circuit is a standard technology for concentrating a broad range of minerals and wastewater treatments. Froth floatation is based on differences in the ability of air bubbles to adhere to specific mineral surfaces in a solid/liquid slurry.
Flowsheet The flowsheet or a process flow diagram (“PFD”) is commonly used in chemical and process engineering to indicate the general flow of plant processes and equipment. The PFD displays the relationship between major plant facility equipment and does not show minor details such as piping details and designations.
Itabirite Itabirite is a banded quartz hematite schist, very similar to banded iron formation in appearance and composition. Friable Itabirite is extensively weathered, leading to disaggregation of the individual mineral grains comprising the rock;
Internal Rate of Return is a method of calculating an investment’s rate of return. The term internal refers to the fact that the calculation excludes external factors, such as the risk-free rate, inflation, the cost of capital, or financial risk.
Haematite An iron oxide mineral with the chemical formula Fe2O3;
Hydrocyclone is a type of cyclonic separator that separates product phases mainly on the basis of differences in gravity with aqueous solutions as the primary feed fluid
Grade Relative quantity or the percentage of ore mineral or metal content in an ore body;
Indicated Mineral Resources That part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, densities, shape, physical characteristics, grade, and mineral content can be estimated with a reasonable level of confidence. It is based on exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drillholes. The locations are too widely or inappropriately spaced to confirm geological and/or grade continuity but are spaced closely enough for continuity to be assumed;
Inferred Mineral Resources That part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, grade and mineral content can be estimated with a low level of confidence. It is inferred from geological evidence and assumed but not verified geological and/or grade continuity. It is based on information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings, and drill holes which may be limited or of uncertain quality and reliability;
Kt Thousand tonnes;
Measured Mineral Resources The part of a Mineral Resource for which tonnage, densities, shape, physical characteristics, grade, and mineral content can be estimated with a high level of confidence.
Metallurgical test work This is the process of testing how the resource material will respond to standard metallurgical processes, such as floatation, gravity concentration and leaching. They are conducted on coarse assay reject material using standard test conditions. The objective is to determine how the resource material reacts to commonly accepted recovery processes and gain a preliminary estimate of metal recoveries.
Mine planning A plan or schedule of the extraction of ore to optimise the return (of profit) on investment through capital investment, design, extraction scheduling, and preparation of the mineral product according to specifications.
Mineral Reserves The economically mineable part of a Measured and/or Indicated Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined. Appropriate assessments and studies have been carried out and include consideration of and modification by realistically assumed mining, metallurgical, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social, and governmental factors. These assessments demonstrate at the time of reporting that extraction could reasonably be justified. Ore Reserves are subdivided in order of increasing confidence into Probable Ore Reserves and Proved Ore Reserves.
Mineral Resource A concentration or occurrence of material of intrinsic economic interest in or on the Earth’s crust in such form, quality, and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics, and continuity of a Mineral Resource are known, estimated, or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge. Mineral Resources are subdivided, in order of increasing geological confidence, into Inferred, Indicated and Measured categories.
Mn Chemical symbol for Manganese. It has the atomic number 25. It is not found as a free element in nature; it is often found in minerals in combination with iron.
Modifying factors The term ‘modifying factors’ is defined to include mining, metallurgical, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental considerations.
Net present value This is the difference between the present value of cash inflows and the present value of cash outflows over a period of time. NPV is used in capital budgeting and investment planning to analyse the profitability of a projected investment or Project.
Open pit An excavation or cut made at the surface of the ground for the purpose of extracting ore and which is open to the surface for the duration of the mine’s life
Ore is natural rock or sediment containing one or more valuable minerals, typically metals, that can be mined, treated and sold at a profit.
P The chemical symbol for Phosphorus with atomic number 15.
Pellet feed Iron ore fines used to produce pellets
Pit Optimisation A process whereby a series of optimised shells for open pits are generated, each corresponding to a specific commodity price assumption.
Pit shell A design of an open pit obtained from the process of open-pit optimisation
Prefeasibility study It is more detailed than a Scoping Study. A Prefeasibility study is used in determining whether to proceed with a detailed feasibility study and as a “reality check” to determine areas within the Project that require more attention. Prefeasibility studies are done by factoring known unit costs and by estimating gross dimensions or quantities once conceptual or preliminary engineering and mine design has been completed. Prefeasibility studies have an accuracy of 20-30%.
Proven Ore Reserve is the economically mineable part of a Measured Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses which occur when the material is mined. A Proven Orel Reserve represents the highest confidence category of Mineral Reserve estimate. It implies a high degree of confidence in the geological factors and a high degree of confidence in the Modifying Factors.
Probable Ore Reserve is the economically mineable part of an Indicated Mineral Resource and, in some circumstances, a Measured Mineral Resource. It includes diluting material and allowances for losses which may occur when the material is mined. A Probable Mineral Reserve has a lower level of confidence than a Proved Mineral Reserve but is of sufficient quality to serve as the basis for a decision on the development of a deposit.
SiO2 Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is an oxide of silicon most commonly found in nature as quartz and in various living organisms. In many parts of the world, silica is the major constituent of sand.
Spiral concentrate Iron Ore product produced from the beneficiation plant.
t Tonnes

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[1] Anglo American (2012), Annual Report (pp.89)

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