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Katanga Mining Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results

ZUG, Switzerland , Feb. 13, 2020 /CNW/ - Katanga Mining Limited (KAT.TO) ("Katanga" or the "Company") today announces its financial results for the fourth quarter and 2019 fiscal year. Katanga's Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") will be available on SEDAR, www.sedar.com.

Katanga Mining Limited (CNW Group/Katanga Mining Limited)
Katanga Mining Limited (CNW Group/Katanga Mining Limited)

Operating Results



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Dec 31,

2019

Sep 30,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Dec 31,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Sales*

$'000

382,572

347,794

344,708

1,386,313

1,265,094

Mining, processing and other costs
(net of changes in metal stocks)*

$'000

(264,180)

(272,689)

(320,726)

(1,141,976)

(773,331)

Royalties and transportation costs*

$'000

(72,848)

(70,904)

(54,326)

(268,172)

(201,682)

Depreciation and amortization

$'000

(122,804)

(109,744)

(85,721)

(346,270)

(276,638)

Gross (loss) profit

$'000

(77,260)

(105,543)

(116,065)

(370,105)

13,443








Other income (expenses)*

$'000

(5,435)

(5,844)

(14,456)

(12,177)

(24,651)

Write-offs / loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment*

$'000

(749)

(555)

(8,088)

(31,945)

(50,237)

Net finance costs

$'000

(150,813)

(106,420)

(111,762)

(490,423)

(461,450)

Restructuring expenses

$'000

-

-

-

-

(248,128)

Fines and penalties

$'000

-

-

(22,248)

-

(22,248)

Income tax expense

$'000

(3,702)

(8,395)

(3,557)

(18,637)

(12,940)

Net loss and comprehensive loss

$'000

(237,959)

(226,757)

(276,176)

(923,287)

(806,211)

Non-controlling interests

$'000

(26,431)

(41,189)

(48,718)

(152,978)

(97,775)

Attributable to shareholders of the Company

$'000

(211,528)

(185,568)

(227,458)

(770,309)

(708,436)








Adjusted EBITDA*

$'000

39,360

(2,198)

(52,888)

(67,957)

215,193








Basic and diluted loss per common share

$/share

($0.05)

($0.10)

($0.12)

($0.19)

($0.37)

C1 costs**

$/pound

2.30

2.50

2.53

2.59

1.79

*

The aggregation of sales, mining, processing and other costs, royalties and transportation costs, other income (expenses) and write-offs / loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment are included within adjusted EBITDA (Refer to item 22 of the Company's MD&A 'Non-IFRS measures').

**

C1 costs after by-product credit. Refer to item 22 of the Company's MD&A 'Non-IFRS measures'.



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2019

Sep 30,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Dec 31,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Copper revenue

$'000

372,381

320,264

270,765

1,327,959

867,917

Cobalt revenue

$'000

10,192

27,530

73,943

58,354

396,914

Concentrate revenue

$'000

-

-

-

-

263

Total revenue

$'000

382,573

347,794

344,708

1,386,313

1,265,094

Including net provisional pricing adjustment


13,903

7,389

(10,012)

20,514

(4,318)








Copper cathode sold

tonnes

63,864

60,530

48,686

234,495

145,743

Cobalt contained in hydroxide sold

tonnes

1,324

1,308

1,430

4,257

7,343

Copper contained in concentrate sold

tonnes

-

-

-

-

73








LME average copper price

$/pound

2.67

2.63

2.80

2.72

2.96

Realized copper price*

$/pound

2.22

2.02

2.10

2.15

2.23

MB average cobalt price

$/pound

15.82

14.82

31.68

15.91

36.79

*

Realized copper prices are based on gross copper revenue (above) after deducting realization charges, royalties and other selling expenses.

The movement in revenue is due to the following price and volume factors:

  • Copper revenue increased to $372.4 million in Q4 2019 from $320.3 million in Q3 2019. Copper revenue increased to $1,327.9 million in 2019 from $867.9 million in 2018. The increase in copper revenue in Q4 2019 versus Q3 2019 was due to higher copper sales and an increase in the realized copper price. During Q4 2019, an additional 3,334 tonnes were sold, compared to Q3 2019. Markets improved and the realized copper price was also 10% higher on average than during Q3 2019 which also contributed to the additional revenue. The increase in copper revenue during 2019 versus 2018 is due to the increase in copper sales driven by the WOL project ("WOL Project") ramp-up, partially offset by a lower realized copper price. Compared to 2018, an additional 88,752 tonnes of copper cathode was sold during 2019. However, the realized copper price was 5% lower on average compared to 2018.

  • Cobalt revenue decreased to $10.2 million in Q4 2019 from $27.5 million in Q3 2019. Cobalt revenue decreased to $58.4 million in 2019 from $396.9 million in 2018. The decrease in cobalt revenue in Q4 2019 versus Q3 2019 was primarily due to a quality adjustment processed in Q4 2019. This was partially offset by increased sales volumes during Q4 2019 and a higher realized cobalt price.

  • Included within sales is a net provisional pricing adjustment resulting from movements in the commodity price between the date of sale and the final pricing, based on average prices for a specified contractual period thereafter. At each reporting date, provisionally priced sales that have not been finalized, retain an exposure to future changes in prices and are marked-to-market, based on London Metal Exchange ("LME") and Metal Bulletin ("MB") forward prices. The final tonnage and pricing are subject to final assayed results. These adjustments are recorded in sales in the consolidated statements of loss and comprehensive loss and within receivables on the consolidated statements of financial position. These embedded derivatives, comprising provisional pricing, included in receivables, are classified within level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

The movement in cost of sales, depreciation, royalties and transportation costs comprises:



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Dec 31,

2019

Sep 30,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Dec 31,

2019

Dec 31,

2018

Open pit mining costs

$'000

34,686

38,006

37,283

132,124

116,985

Underground mining costs

$'000

18,427

13,437

14,003

61,551

51,107

KTC processing costs

$'000

18,927

22,331

28,533

91,375

81,260

Luilu refinery costs

$'000

153,001

141,777

113,937

577,820

300,736

Change in metal stock

$'000

(34,062)

(36,179)

11,806

(83,210)

(63,355)

Mine infrastructure and support costs

$'000

73,201

93,317

114,544

358,779

283,494

Expense on issue of capital spares to production

$'000

-

-

620

3,537

3,104

Depreciation and amortization

$'000

122,804

109,744

85,721

346,270

276,638

Royalties and transportation costs

$'000

72,848

70,904

54,326

268,172

201,682

Total cost of sales

$'000

459,832

453,337

460,773

1,756,418

1,251,651

Review of Expenses for the Three Months and Year ended December 31, 2019 :

  • Gross loss decreased to $77.3 million in Q4 2019 from $105.5 million in Q3 2019. Gross loss increased to $370.1 million in 2019 from $13 .4 million gross profit in 2018. The decrease in gross loss in Q4 2019 compared to Q3 2019 was due to increased revenue together with reduced costs of production. The increase in revenue was due to an increase in tonnes sold and increased realized prices as noted above. The decreased production costs are the result of improved efficiencies attained in the production process which resulted in lower costs, partially offset by increased depreciation due to increased production volumes. In addition, the provision for obsolete inventory decreased by $11 million during Q4 2019.

    The increase in gross loss in 2019 compared to 2018 gross profit was driven by reduced cobalt revenue (volume and price), higher reagent costs at Luilu and an increase in total volumes processed, in line with the optimized mine plan. These were partially offset by an increase in copper revenue due to increased copper sales as noted above. In addition, the inventory obsolescence provision was increased by $52 million during 2019 which resulted in an additional expense.

  • Open pit mining costs decreased to $34.7 million in Q4 2019 compared to $38 million in Q3 2019. Open pit mining costs increased to $132.1 million in 2019 from $116.9 million in 2018. The decrease in open pit mining costs during Q4 2019 was due to a decrease in total material mined. Total material mined was lower due to decreased production at Luilu as a result of the processing constraints from the EW2 refurbishment as well as to a planned slowdown in order to begin implementing efficiency initiatives. The increase in open pit mining costs during 2019 compared to 2018 was due to longer haulage distances and cycle times, additional costs incurred due to changes in the maintenance strategy and higher blasting costs.

  • KTC processing costs decreased to $18.9 million in Q4 2019 from $22.3 million in Q3 2019. KTC processing costs increased to $91.3 million in 2019 from $81.2 million in 2018. KTC processing and operational costs have moved in line with the amount of material milled during the respective periods. The decrease during Q4 2019 is mainly due to the throughput constraints at the Luilu EW plant.

  • Luilu refinery costs increased to $153 million in Q4 2019 from $141.8 million in Q3 2019. Luilu refinery costs increased to $577.8 million in 2019 from $300.7 million in 2018. Luilu refinery costs increased due to increased reagent costs, mainly due to increased sulphuric acid prices and consumption and increased lime prices and an increase in total oxide feed from KTC, in line with the optimized mine plan.

  • Royalties and transportation costs increased to $72.8 million in Q4 2019 from $70.9 million in Q3 2019. Royalties and transportation costs increased to $268.1 million in 2019 from $201.7 million in 2018. Royalties and transportation costs have increased due to higher copper revenues and sales tonnes. The 2019 negative variance versus 2018 includes the impact from implementation of the 2018 Mining Code, which changed the basis of royalties from a net revenue to gross revenue basis, increased base royalty rates and cobalt being declared a "strategic mineral substance" and taxed at a higher royalty of 10% of gross revenue from Q4 2018 (previously 3.5%).

About Katanga Mining Limited
Katanga Mining Limited operates a major mine complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo producing refined copper and cobalt. The Company has the potential to become Africa's largest copper producer and the world's largest cobalt producer. Katanga is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol KAT.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

All forward-looking statements reflect the Company's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made. Actual results or events may differ from those predicted in these forward-looking statements. All of the Company's forward-looking statements are qualified by the assumptions that are stated or inherent in such forward-looking statements, including the assumptions listed below. Although the Company believes that these assumptions are reasonable, this list is not exhaustive of factors that may affect any of the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, future events, conditions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection, forecast, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Although Katanga has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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