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Kore Potash : Quarterly Activities & Cashflow Report

01/20/2022 | 02:16am EDT

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Kore Potash plc

25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY

United Kingdom

20 January 2022

Kore Potash Plc

("Kore Potash" or "the Company")

Review of Operations for the Quarter ended 31 December 2021

Kore Potash, the potash development company with 97%-ownership of the Kola and DX Potash Projects in the Sintoukola Basin, located in the Republic of Congo ("RoC"), provides the following quarterly update for the period ended 31 December 2021 (the "Quarter").

Quarterly Highlights:

Kola Potash Project

  • The process to potentially finance the construction of the Kola Potash Project ("Kola" or the "Kola Project") progressed in line with the Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") signed with the Summit Consortium ("Consortium") in April 2021.
  • The receipt of the Interim Report for the Optimisation Study ("Study") on the Kola Project was announced to shareholders on 10 November 2021.
  • The Company expects to receive the following from the Consortium by the end of Q1 2022
    • The completed Optimisation Study Report.
    • An Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") contract proposal for the construction of Kola consistent with the 2017 2nd edition FIDIC Silver book.
  • The Company expects to receive the Consortium's financing proposal for the full construction cost of Kola 60 days after the successful completion of the Study.
  • Kore Potash management continued to brief potential offtake partners with the capability to procure all the planned Kola MOP production.

DX Potash Project

  • An updated geological model for the DX deposit was completed.

Corporate Highlights

  • Mr Pablo Mac-Donald was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board as a nominee of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A ("SQM") replacing Mr Ignacio Majluf.
  • As of 31 December 2021, the Company held US$ 11.1 million in cash.

Brad Sampson, Chief Executive Officer of Kore Potash, commented:

"The first half of 2022 is set to be a very busy period for Kore particularly with the imminent completion of the Study and receipt of the EPC proposal for our flagship Kola potash project. The Company expects to receive the Financing Proposal from the Consortium 60 days after the Study is completed and we are pleased that the work of the Consortium continues to track the timeline agreed in our MoU. The delivery of the financing proposal for the full financing of the construction of Kola is a key milestone for our Company. We are looking forward to the completion of the financing phase and being able to move rapidly into the construction of Kola."

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Operational Activities

Kola Potash Project

The financing process for the construction of the Kola Project progressed in line with the MoU signed with the Consortium in April 2021.

Optimisation Study ("Study")

The Consortium's first key milestone in the MoU is to complete the Study on the Kola Project to improve the project value, reduce the capital cost and shorten the construction schedule.

During the Quarter, the Consortium presented a set of documents that collectively formed the Interim Report on the Study to the Company.

The Interim Report was provided following the Consortium's review of the Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") of the Kola Potash project as released in our announcement dated 29 January 2019 entitled "Kola Definitive Feasibility Study" and their investigation of a number of improvement opportunities.

The Interim Report details optimisation opportunities that offer the potential to substantially reduce the capital cost of Kola compared to the DFS capital cost and identified 53 capital cost reduction initiatives, of which 45 have been incorporated into the current optimisation of Kola.

The 53 capital reduction initiatives identified in the Interim Report focused on the following areas:

  • Potential relocation of the processing plant site closer to the Mine site.
  • Mining: Two initiatives related to alternate sourcing of major equipment and construction materials.
  • Processing: Eight initiatives related to optimising processing layouts, major equipment selection and sourcing.
  • Processing wet area: 21 initiatives related to the process design and major equipment selection.
  • Processing dry areas: 12 initiatives related to the muriate of potash product produced, processing reagent management and MoP product storage.
  • Infrastructure: Three initiatives related to road design and construction and run of mine overland conveyor belt and product conveyor belt optimisations.
  • Utilities: Six initiatives related to electrical transmission, instrumentation designs and laboratory area cost reductions.

During the period, the Company reviewed the Interim Report and continued to discuss the technical details in relation to the cost reduction initiatives to be included in the Study.

Subsequent to the Interim Report, the Consortium appointed Marine Engineers CCCC-FHDI Engineering Co. Ltd to propose potential cost reduction opportunities in the marine area, including changes to the method of jetty construction and the design of the breakwater.

The Study continues to progress as planned, and the Company expects to receive the report on the completed Study by the end of Q1 2022. The Company intends to update shareholders on the Study outcomes following its review of the completed Study Report.

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Construction Contract Terms

In advance of completion of the Study and to facilitate the earliest possible receipt of a construction proposal from the Consortium, the Company is engaging with the Consortium to agree to EPC contract terms consistent with the 2017 2nd edition Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils ("FIDIC") Silver book and appropriate for the construction of Kola.

The Consortium has also advised it remains on track to present an EPC proposal for the construction of Kola to the Company at the end of Q1 2022 following successful completion of the Study.

Kola Financing

The Study and the EPC proposal are two key milestones committed to in the MoU the Company signed with the Consortium in April 2021. The Study will confirm the total capital required to construct Kola and the construction timeframe. This is important information the Consortium requires to present the financing proposal to the Company.

Kore Potash management continued twice-weekly meetings with the Consortium to remain briefed on the Consortium's progress towards forming its debt and royalty financing proposal. The Consortium has also continued to keep the Company informed on their level of Muriate of Potash product offtake interest.

The Consortium advises that it is pleased with the progress of the Study and that it remains on track, subject to the completion of a successful Study, to provide the royalty and debt financing proposal for the full construction cost of Kola to the Company within 60 days of the successful completion of the Study.

Other Kola matters

Separate from the Consortium's activity, Kore Potash management also continued to brief potential offtake partners with the capability to procure all the Kola production and who have expressed interest in partnering with the Company.

DX Potash Project

Following the completion of the drilling at the DX Potash Project ("DX Project") by the Company earlier in 2021, the Company's geological consultants developed an updated geological model for the DX deposit.

This new model incorporates all information received from the latest drilling programme. It improves confidence in the geological modelling of the DX deposit and improves our understanding of the Sylvinite / Carnallite boundaries in the Top Seams and Hangingwall seams.

There has been no update of the DX Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves.

The Company is assessing the most appropriate next steps for developing the DX deposit and intends to update shareholders further once these steps have been confirmed.

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Corporate

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, two long term Congolese consultants to the Company sadly passed away during the Quarter. The Company expresses its deepest sympathy to their families, friends, and colleagues. The Company has provided support to the families in line with best practice in the Congo.

The Company's Pointe Noire office was temporarily closed in October 2021 to reduce potential staff exposures to COVID, and our staff worked from home. The office reopened in November 2021. This had no material impact on the activities during the Quarter.

On 1 December 2021, the Company announced the appointment of Mr Pablo Mac-Donald as a Non- Executive Director. SQM nominated Mr Mac-Donald to replace Mr Ignacio Maijluf, who resigned from SQM and the Kore Potash Board on 30 November 2021.

As at 31 December 2021, the Company held US$ 11.1 million cash.

There were no mining production or construction activities during the Quarter.

Planned Activity

During the quarter ending 31 March 2022, the Company aims to:

Kola Potash Project

  • Receive the Study Report from the Consortium.
  • Receive an EPC proposal for the construction of Kola from the Consortium.
  • Continue discussing the financing proposal with the Consortium for the royalty and debt financing for the full cost of construction of the Kola Project.

DX Potash Project

  • Determine the appropriate next steps in developing the DX Project.

Quarterly cashflow report

In accordance with the ASX Listing Rules, the Company will also lodge its cashflow report for the Quarter today. Included in those cashflows are non-executive directors' fees and CEO salary of US$ 198,000 settled in cash.

The Company invested US$1,111,000 in exploration in the Quarter, which comprised US$ 1,080,000 related to the Kola Study and US$ 31,000 for the DX DFS Study. The Company ended the Quarter with US$ 11.1 million in cash.

This announcement has been approved for release by the Board of Kore Potash.

ENDS

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25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY

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For further information, please visit www.korepotash.com or contact:

Kore Potash

Tel: +27 84 603 6238

Brad Sampson - CEO

Tavistock Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7920 3150

Jos Simson

Oliver Lamb

SP Angel Corporate Finance - Nomad and Broker

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7470 0470

Ewan Leggat

Charlie Bouverat

Shore Capital - Joint Broker

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4050

Toby Gibbs

James Thomas

Questco Corporate Advisory - JSE Sponsor

Tel: +27 (11) 011 9205

Doné Hattingh

Tenement Details and Ownership

The Company is incorporated and registered in England and Wales and wholly owns Kore Potash Limited of Australia. Kore Potash Limited has a 97% shareholding in Sintoukola Potash SA ("SPSA") in the RoC. SPSA has 100% ownership of Kola Potash Mining SA ("KPM"). KPM has 100% ownership of the Kola Mining Lease on which the Kola Deposit is situated. The Kola Deposit is located within the Kola Mining Lease. SPSA is also the 100% owner of the Dougou Mining Lease. The Dougou Mining lease hosts the Dougou Deposit and the Dougou Extension ("DX") Deposit.

Under the existing Mining Convention, the Government of the Congo is entitled to 10% ownership in the Kola and Dougou projects. The transfer of this 10% awaits instructions from the Government and the Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves are shown below in gross and 90% attributable bases

Table 1: Schedule of mining tenements (Republic of Congo)

Project & Type

Tenement Issued

Company Interest

Title Registered to

Kola

Decree 2013-412

100%

Kola Potash Mining S.A.

Mining

of 9 August 2013

potassium rights only

Dougou

Decree 2017-139

100%

Sintoukola Potash S.A.

Mining

of 9 May 2017

potassium rights only

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