LONDON - Anglo Pacific Group PLC ('Anglo Pacific', the 'Company' or the 'Group') (LSE: APF) (TSX: APY), is pleased to issue the following trading update.
Unless otherwise stated, all unaudited financial information is for the quarter or half year ended 30 June 2021.
This update is ahead of the release of the full Group audited half year results on 25 August 2021.
Portfolio contribution-1 for Q2 2021 of GBP9.4m, a 38.2% increase compared to GBP6.8m in Q1 2021, includes maiden deliveries under the Voisey's Bay stream following completion of the acquisition at the end of Q1 2021. The Group's Q2 2021 portfolio contribution has benefitted from 5 deliveries from the stream, and when combined with the 3 deliveries thus far in July 2021, the Group has realised total proceeds of US$4.0m (GBP2.8m)
Portfolio contribution of GBP16.2m in H1 2021 compared to GBP19.1m in H1 2020, reflects lower coking coal prices and volumes at both Kestrel and Narrabri, primarily in Q1 2021, but is offset by maiden contributions from the Group's Voisey's Bay stream of GBP1.7m
Coal prices in the earlier part of 2021 were impacted by the Chinese import ban on Australian coal - this position reversed in late Q2 2021, resulting in a more favourable outlook for H2 2021
Dividends from LIORC of C$2.75 per share declared in H1 2021 compared to C$0.80 per share in H1 2020 - benefitting from continued strong iron ore pricing throughout the first six months of 2021
Realised copper and vanadium prices were higher in the period which benefitted Mantos Blancos and Maracas Menchen revenue (the latter was impacted by a one-off off-take adjustment charge in H1 2020)
All the Group's producing assets are back in operation, following the recommencement of activities at the McClean Lake Mill after a period of COVID-19 related care and maintenance (as announced at the Group's Q1 2021 Trading Update)
Net debt of GBP78.7m at the end of June 2021 (GBP24.4m at the beginning of the year) reflecting the acquisition of the Voisey's Bay cobalt stream in Q1 2021
With US$29m of undrawn borrowings, US$39m residual position in LIORC and US$8.0m of treasury shares, the Group has financing flexibility of US$76m to finance further growth opportunities
Anglo Pacific expects H2 2021 to be stronger, in light of a rally in cobalt prices and the full effect of the Voisey's Bay stream being recognised in the Group's portfolio, strength in copper and iron ore prices and a recovery in the coal market, supported by the backdrop of strong infrastructure spending and continued anticipated demand for 21st century commodities
'Anglo Pacific has had a stable first half of 2021, with 8 cobalt deliveries now processed under our Voisey's Bay stream which has generated cash to the end of July 2021 of US$4.0m. Voisey's Bay was a transformational acquisition during the period for Anglo, not only in terms of it being the Group's largest and most significant transaction to date, but also in terms of transitioning our portfolio towards 21st century commodities that support a more sustainable future. It is pleasing to see the stream operate smoothly and in line with our expectations. While prices for our commodities were weaker in Q1 2021, they began to recover in Q2 2021.
In particular, cobalt prices are up 20% in the last month and are higher than our Voisey's Bay investment case. In addition, both copper and iron ore have increased by over 20% year to date and our Mantos Blancos and LIORC revenues have benefitted from this.
It was also pleasing to see the coal markets turn during the second quarter, with coking coal now more than $200/t (from a low of $100/t) and thermal coal at $150/t, which should benefit our revenue in H2 2021. Infrastructure spending should continue to benefit iron ore, coking coal and copper whilst the longer-term fundamentals for cobalt and vanadium remain positive due to continued expected demand from electric vehicle and battery manufacturers.
Spot prices continue to remain higher than consensus prices in the near-term, and with our producing assets all in operation we expect a stronger performance from our portfolio in the second half of the year.
We look forward to updating the market in relation to our investment activity at the half year, and we remain busy advancing our pipeline in order to continue adding royalties and streams to our portfolio.'
About the Company
Anglo Pacific Group PLC is a global natural resources royalty and streaming company. The Company's strategy is to become a leading natural resources company through investing in high quality projects in preferred jurisdictions with trusted counterparties, underpinned by strong ESG principles. It is a continuing policy of the Company to pay a substantial portion of these royalties and streams to shareholders as dividends.
Portfolio contribution is royalty and stream related revenue net of stream inventory purchase costs, plus royalties received or receivable from royalty financial instruments carried at FVTPL and principal repayments received under the Denison financing agreement.
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Forward-looking statements are based upon certain material factors that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including assumptions and analyses made by the Group in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. The material factors and assumptions upon which such forward-looking statements are based include: the stability of the global economy; the stability of local governments and legislative background; the relative stability of interest rates; the equity and debt markets continuing to provide access to capital; the continuing of ongoing operations of the properties underlying the Group's portfolio of royalties, streams and investments by the owners or operators of such properties in a manner consistent with past practice; no material adverse impact on the underlying operations of the Group's portfolio of royalties, streams and investments from a global pandemic; the accuracy of public statements and disclosures (including feasibility studies, estimates of reserve, resource, production, grades, mine life and cash cost) made by the owners or operators of such underlying properties; the accuracy of the information provided to the Group by the owners and operators of such underlying properties; no material adverse change in the price of the commodities produced from the properties underlying the Group's portfolio of royalties, streams and investments; no material adverse change in foreign exchange exposure; no adverse development in respect of any significant property in which the Group holds a royalty or other interest, including but not limited to unusual or unexpected geological formations and natural disasters; successful completion of new development projects; planned expansions or additional projects being within the timelines anticipated and at anticipated production levels and maintenance of mining title.
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