|Bid||11.26 x N/A|
|Ask||11.35 x N/A|
|Day's Range||11.21 - 11.49|
|52 Week Range||4.71 - 14.12|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||2.81|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Oct. 26, 2020 - Oct. 30, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.01 (0.09%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Aug. 27, 2020|
|1y Target Est||11.39|
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s second-largest miner is proving pandemic-resistant.Rio Tinto Group’s latest results show earnings dipped only modestly as iron ore offset tarnished base metals. The steel ingredient’s long-term future looks distinctly rusty, but that’s not yet reality in 2020. Stubbornly high prices have again helped sate investors with dividends in a climate of sub-zero yields, meaning boss Jean-Sebastien Jacques is under little pressure to change tack. Until the global economy recovers, Rio will remain a near-perfect bond proxy.First-half underlying earnings came in at $4.75 billion, before impairments largely related to the aluminum business. That’s down 4% from a year earlier but above market expectations, thanks to top-earner iron ore, which cushioned the impact of worse performances in copper, aluminium and diamonds. Even compared to 2019, when it surged after Brazilian miner Vale SA’s fatal dam collapse, iron ore has shone this year — this time thanks to coronavirus-linked closures and other disruptions. The 72% margin at Rio's Pilbara — based on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization — and an average realized price of $85.4 per dry metric ton bode well for peers including Vale, reporting later Wednesday, not least as the current market price is now a quarter above that.Jacques’ team presented broadly what investors have come to expect from mining majors: relatively pedestrian production, decent free cash flow — even if a drop to $2.8 billion will disappoint some — and modest debt, with a net gearing ratio of just 10%. Plus, of course, a respectable payout. After all, miners are still building up their reputations as good custodians of shareholder cash.The trouble is just how much of this picture depends on iron ore — for this six-month period, the division accounted for roughly 80% of group Ebitda and well over 90% of earnings. That’s great news for the digger’s profits today, but less so for tomorrow’s prospects. Appetite is set to eventually ease along with China’s latest infrastructure splurge, and steel demand will cool. Supply looks plentiful, thanks to projects like Rio’s own problematic but alluring Simandou in Guinea. As Jacques said Wednesday, there is no question that mega-mine will eventually get built.Still, future problems look a lot less pressing when you’re the world’s top producer and iron ore is trading at over $100 per ton. Anglo American Plc’s South African iron ore business has pointed to a price level closer to $90 for the second half — hardly a headache for Rio, with cash costs at $14.5 per ton. In a volatile world of second-wave outbreaks and rock-bottom borrowing costs, investors are less anxious about growth than they are about stability and yield.On that front, Rio continues to deliver. There was no one-time splurge, but Rio still promised $2.5 billion of interim dividends, bringing what shareholders have received in cash returns since 2016 to $38 billion. Even with spending ticking higher, it’s hard to see that shifting. Deals are expensive, too: The balance sheets of long-mooted copper targets like Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. are looking healthier than they have in some time, making them harder prey.Super-generous returns are ultimately hard to sustain for a company that digs stuff for a living, especially one that should be doing far more to edge toward a greener, carbon-light economy. And there were welcome glimmers of growth, not least from higher spending and Rio’s exploration work in the Australian outback, where copper and gold finds could boost output and prove the sort of progressive investment that is likely to be welcomed.Corporate heavyweights change slowly. The truth, though, is that iron ore is simply working too well for now, for both Rio and dividend-hungry investors. Until they begin to demand more production, the global economy recovers, and inflation moves higher, there just isn’t a lot of incentive to shift away from austerity and splurge on risky growth. As in past cycles, it will eventually happen. Jacques just needs to call the turn before his rivals.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(In United States dollars, except where noted otherwise) TORONTO, July 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM) today reported results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. The Company reported, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 (“Q2”), a comparative loss1 of $84 million ($0.12 loss per share1), net loss attributable to shareholders of the Company1 of $156 million ($0.23 loss per share1) and cash flows from operating activities of $155 million ($0.23 per share1).“Although the second quarter of 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges around the globe, the Company has shown resilience and performed very well financially and operationally. Copper production from our Zambian operations, in particular, was strong and Sentinel achieved record low unit costs for the quarter. Our organization has had to change and adapt in order to protect the health and welfare of our workforce and communities, while ensuring the continuation of the business in these uncertain times. With this in mind, we’ve been proactive in taking steps to provide stability to future cashflows with the expansion of our sales hedge program in July, as copper prices continue to rise significantly from low prices experienced for much of the quarter,” commented Philip Pascall, Chairman and CEO. “We are indebted to our workforce at the front line in our mines, many of whom have been unable to return to their family and homes for long periods as a result of quarantine requirements, rotation timings and travel restrictions. I would like to thank all of our people who have made these personal sacrifices and recognize the significant contribution they continue to make to the success of the business. I would also like to express our sincere condolences to those who have been ill and especially to the families and colleagues of the five employees and contractors who very sadly died in Panama.”SECOND QUARTER SUMMARY: * Operational Highlights: * 169,059 tonnes of total copper production2 in Q2, comparable to the same period of 2019, including 21,733 tonnes of copper production from Cobre Panama while on preservation and safe maintenance. * Q2 cost of copper production3: all-in sustaining cost (“AISC”) of $1.62 per lb and cash cost (“C1”) of $1.20 per lb, 8% and 9% lower, respectively, than the comparable period in 2019; total unit costs, C1 and AISC are at the lowest level achieved in three years. * 54,651 ounces of total gold production in Q2, an 8% decrease from the comparable period of 2019. * 1,979 tonnes of total nickel production2 in Q2 as Ravensthorpe continued to ramp up production. The first shipment of nickel occurred in May with a successive shipment in June and monthly shipments are expected for the remainder of the year. Ravensthorpe is expected to continue ramping up through the third quarter. * Sentinel performed exceptionally in the quarter, with its highest production since 2018 of 60,761 tonnes, and record low costs for the operation, C1 costs for the quarter of $1.36 per lb. Throughput increased significantly resulting in an 11% increase in copper production, while lower fuel prices and currency depreciation, coupled with increased production, improved costs. * Kansanshi delivered another robust performance with higher throughput and recoveries on the sulphide and mixed ore circuits ensuring overall production was in line with the same quarter in 2019. * Guelb Moghrein delivered production consistent with same period in 2019 with significantly lower costs. C1 costs of $0.48 per lb were 47% lower than the same period in 2019 driven by lower mining and fuel costs and the lowest in a decade. AISC of $0.87 per lb was 27% lower than the same period in 2019 and the lowest ever reported. * Las Cruces production was higher than the same period in 2019 as a result of operating at normal throughput levels compared to the second quarter of 2019, which was impacted by a land slippage. * Cobre Panama’s production was significantly impacted in the quarter as a result of being placed on preservation and safe maintenance on April 7, 2020 following suspension of labour activities due to COVID-19. During this suspension, the port and power plant continued operations in order to supply essential electrical power into the Panama national grid, and to sustain the preservation and safe maintenance activities. On July 3, 2020 the temporary suspension orders at Cobre Panama were lifted and on July 7, 2020, the Company announced the resumption of normal operations and the commencement of the reopening plan for the ramp up of operations, full production levels are expected to be reached by mid-August. * Kansanshi smelter processed 273,673 dry metric tonnes of copper concentrate, produced 66,905 tonnes of copper anode and 264,000 tonnes of sulphuric acid, lower than the comparable period in 2019 as a result of lower throughput due to a planned maintenance shutdown in the quarter. Three months endedSix months ended June 30June 30 (U.S. dollars where applicable)2020 2019 2020 2019 COPPER - Production2 (tonnes)169,059 168,399 364,344 305,368 - Sales4 (tonnes)159,944 149,333 349,897 279,595 - Cost of production3: o AISC (per lb)$1.62 $1.77 $1.63 $1.77 o C1 (per lb)$1.20 $1.32 $1.25 $1.33 o C3 (per lb)$2.08 $2.17 $2.14 $2.19 - Realized price (per lb)$2.60 $2.80 $2.58 $2.80 GOLD - Production (ounces)54,651 59,647 123,439 109,004 - Sales (ounces)554,591 56,922 128,373 103,712 * Financial Highlights * Sales revenues for the quarter of $1,014 million, an increase of 8% from the comparable period of 2019 primarily driven by copper and gold sales from Cobre Panama and higher sales from Las Cruces offset by lower realized copper prices and the timing of sales at Sentinel delayed by an outage at a third party smelter. * $155 million of cash flows from operating activities ($0.23 per share1) generated during the quarter was slightly lower than the same period in 2019 as a result of a $26 million increase in taxes paid. * Gross profit of $141 million for the quarter compared to $196 million for the same period in 2019. * Comparative EBITDA1 of $352 million for the quarter compared to $376 million for the same period in 2019. * Realized price for copper of $2.60 per lb for the quarter was 7% lower than the same period in 2019. This compares to a decrease of 12% in the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) average copper price, to $2.43 per lb, for the same period. * The Company’s copper sales hedge program contributed $77 million ($0.22 per lb) to sales revenues in the quarter, compared to a $19 million sales hedge gain ($0.06 per lb) in the same quarter of 2019. The Company’s nickel sales hedge program contributed $9 million to sales revenues in the quarter. * Subsequent to the end of the quarter, as a result of increased copper prices and given uncertainty around the impact of COVID-19, the Company has taken the opportunity to extend its copper sales hedge program to mitigate any future price risk. At July 28, 2020, the Company had hedge positions for 416,200 tonnes of copper using unmargined copper forward and zero cost collar sales contract with an average floor price of $2.70 per lb. This represents approximately half of the Company’s expected sales for the next 12 months. * Ended the quarter with $882 million in net unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, current working capital of $1,078 million and is in full compliance with all financial covenants. Three months ended June 30Six months ended June 30 (U.S. dollars millions, except where noted otherwise)2020 2019 2020 2019 Sales revenues1,014 939 2,196 1,796 Gross profit141 196 288 381 Net earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company Company(156) 78 (218) 131 Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share ($0.23) $0.11 ($0.32) $0.19 Comparative EBITDA1,6 352 376 786 744 Comparative earnings (loss)1 (84) 87 (163) 182 Comparative earnings (loss) per share1 ($0.12) $0.13 ($0.24) $0.26 Cash flow from operating activities 155 179 628 338 Cash flow from operating activities per share1$0.23 $0.26 $0.91 $0.49 1 Net earnings (loss) attributable to shareholders of the Company has been adjusted to exclude items which are not reflective of underlying performance to arrive at comparative earnings (loss). Comparative earnings (loss), comparative earnings (loss) per share, comparative EBITDA and cash flows per share are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The Company has disclosed these measures to assist with the understanding of results and to provide further financial information about the results to investors. Refer to the “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the period ended June 30, 2020 for further information. 2 Production is presented on a contained basis and is presented prior to processing through the Kansanshi smelter. 3 AISC, C1 and C3 costs per pound are not recognized under IFRS. Refer to the “Regulatory Disclosures” section in the MD&A for the period ended June 30, 2020 for further information. C1, C3 and AISC costs exclude third-party concentrate purchased at Kansanshi. 4 Copper sales exclude the sale of copper anode produced from third-party concentrate purchased at Kansanshi. Sales of copper anode attributable to third-party concentrate purchases were nil for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 (nil and 1,182 tonnes for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively). 5 Excludes refinery-backed gold credits purchased and delivered under the precious metal streaming arrangement. 6 Adjustments to comparative EBITDA in the second quarter of 2020 relate principally to foreign exchange (foreign exchange and write-off of assets and costs associated with the land slippage at Las Cruces in the second quarter of 2019). * COVID-19 impactsThe Company continues to focus on measures to prevent and manage the transmission of COVID-19 amongst the workforce and the wider community. When COVID-19 was declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization in late January, the Company moved quickly to introduce health and sanitation protocols across all of its sites in compliance with both local and international guidelines. These health protocols continue to be reviewed and adjusted as needed. In Panama, the Company is supporting the wider community with donations of medical equipment and supplies, as well as responding to the Panamanian Government’s request to support families in need with food and supplies. In Zambia, the Company has pledged financial support for the provision of medical logistics support in the Solwezi and Kalumbila districts of North-Western Zambia. In addition to increased medical facility resilience initiatives at the mine clinics in Mauritania, Zambia and Panama, COVID-19 protective measures to minimize person-to-person transmission in the work place and protect business continuity have been implemented across all operations.Tragically, five employees/contractors from Cobre Panama succumbed to symptoms associated with COVID-19 in April and May. The Company extends its deepest sympathies to their families and colleagues and is grateful to the dedicated health professionals in Panama who treated them in hospital and those who have been working to resolve the wider pandemic in the country. Cobre Panama has undertaken a deep disinfection program and has developed heightened health protocols at the highest international standards and which are regularly inspected by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama (“MINSA”). These strict protocols and sanitary vigilance remain in place as a “new normal” way of working. During preservation and safe maintenance there were approximately 800 personnel onsite, which will be gradually increased in compliance with Cobre Panama’s reopening plan and in line with MINSA guidelines as the operation ramps up to full production, expected by mid-August. There are approximately 1,450 personnel currently onsite.The Company’s other operations have not been significantly impacted by restrictions arising from COVID-19, with the exception of Las Cruces, which recommenced mining activities on April 13, 2020, after a two-week suspension to mining activities, during which the operation continued to process stockpiles.Production guidance for Cobre Panama for 2020 has been revised to 180,000 to 200,000 tonnes of copper and 70,000 to 80,000 ounces of gold. Guidance for production at all other copper operations remains unchanged from previously disclosed.2020 GUIDANCE REVISIONSProduction guidance has been reduced for copper by 30,000 tonnes at the bottom end of the range previously given and 35,000 tonnes at the top end to 725,000 – 770,000 tonnes and gold by 20,000 ounces to 230,000 – 250,000 ounces to reflect current assumptions at Cobre Panama following the lifting of temporary suspension orders on July 3, 2020. Guidance on Ravensthorpe production has been narrowed to 15,000 to 17,000 tonnes of nickel.C1 and AISC cost guidance remains unchanged. Guidance for total capital expenditure is unchanged at $675 million but with a change in mix between capitalized stripping and other capital expenditure. The reduction in capitalized stripping to $175 million, reflects latest mine plans and reduced activity at Cobre Panama during the second quarter. The increase in sustaining capital and other projects to $500 million, reflects essential expenditure on mining fleet and equipment as well as latest phasing of capital expenditure.Guidance for the Company’s sustaining capital and other projects includes expenditure relating to Cobre Panama for construction work for the tailings management facility and development work associated with the expansion to 100 mtpa capacity. Other projects in 2020 include the Shoemaker Levy deposit at Ravensthorpe, and some spend on the fourth crusher at Sentinel. Underlying sustaining capital expenditure is expected to be approximately $220 million in 2020.Guidance on 2020 interest expense of between $770 and $810 million, and effective tax rate of 30%, remain unchanged from previously disclosed. Depreciation for the full year 2020 is now expected to be approximately $1,250 million, a reduction of $50 million to reflect lower production at Cobre Panama.Production Guidance 000’s2020 Copper (tonnes)725 - 770 Gold (ounces)230 - 250 Nickel (tonnes)15 - 17 Cash Cost and All-In Sustaining CostCopper ($/ lb)2020 C11.20 - 1.35 AISC1.65 - 1.80 Capital Expenditure$ million2020 Capitalized stripping175 Sustaining capital and other projects500 Total capital expenditure675 Guidance provided is based on a number of assumptions and estimates as of June 30, 2020, including among other things, assumptions about metal prices and anticipated costs and expenditures. The unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 pose some additional risk to the accuracy of forward looking information. Production guidance and cost guidance includes current assumptions on the impact of COVID-19 on operations. Guidance involves estimates of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to be materially different. (Please see the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the period ending June 30, 2020 for additional detail.)CONFERENCE CALL & WEBCAST Conference call and webcast details are as follows: Date:July 29, 2020 Time:9:00 am (EDT); 2:00 pm (BST); 6:00 am (PDT) Webcast:www.first-quantum.com Dial in: North America (toll free): (877) 291-4570 North America and international: (647) 788-4919 Replay:Available from noon (EDT) on July 29, 2020 until 11:59 pm (EDT) on August 12, 2020 North America (toll free): (800) 585-8367 North America and international: (416) 621-4642 Passcode:1388802 COMPLETE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS The complete Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2020 are available at www.first-quantum.com and should be read in conjunction with this news release.For further information visit our website at www.first-quantum.comNorth American contact: Lisa Doddridge, Director, Investor Relations Tel: (416) 361-6400 Toll-free: 1 (888) 688-6577 United Kingdom contact: Clive Newall, President Tel: +44 7802 721663 E-Mail: email@example.comCAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION Certain statements and information herein, including all statements that are not historical facts, contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements include estimates, forecasts and statements as to the Company’s expectations of production and sales volumes, and expected timing of completion of project development at Enterprise and post-completion construction activity at Cobre Panama and are subject to the impact of ore grades on future production, the potential of production disruptions, potential production, operational, labour or marketing disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic (including but not limited to the temporary suspension of labour activities at Cobre Panama implemented in April 2020), capital expenditure and mine production costs, the outcome of mine permitting, other required permitting, the outcome of legal proceedings which involve the Company, information with respect to the future price of copper, gold, silver, nickel, zinc, pyrite, cobalt, iron and sulphuric acid, estimated mineral reserves and mineral resources, First Quantum’s exploration and development program, estimated future expenses, exploration and development capital requirements, the Company’s hedging policy, and goals and strategies. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information 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 variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, the Company has made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about continuing production at all operating facilities, the price of copper, gold, silver, nickel, zinc, pyrite, cobalt, iron and sulphuric acid, anticipated costs and expenditures and the ability to achieve the Company’s goals. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. These factors include, but are not limited to, future production volumes and costs, the temporary or permanent closure of uneconomic operations, costs for inputs such as oil, power and sulphur, political stability in Zambia, Peru, Mauritania, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Panama, Argentina and Australia, adverse weather conditions in Zambia, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Mauritania, Australia and Panama, labour disruptions, potential social and environmental challenges (including the impact of climate change), power supply, mechanical failures, water supply, procurement and delivery of parts and supplies to the operations, the production of off-spec material and events generally impacting global economic, political and social stability.See the Company’s Annual Information Form for additional information on risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to the forward-looking statements and information. Although the Company has attempted to identify factors that would cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements or information, there may be other factors that cause actual results, performances, achievements or events not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. Also, many of these factors are beyond First Quantum’s control. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. The Company undertakes no obligation to reissue or update forward-looking statements or information as a result of new information or events after the date hereof except as may be required by law. All forward-looking statements and information made herein are qualified by this cautionary statement.
TORONTO, July 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum” or “the Company”) (TSX:FM) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved an interim dividend of CDN$0.005 per share in respect of the financial year ending December 31, 2019. The dividend will be paid on September 21, 2020 to shareholders of record on August 28, 2020. The Company has established a Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan (the "Plan") for its Canadian resident shareholders ("Eligible Shareholders"). The Plan enables Eligible Shareholders to reinvest the cash dividends paid on all or a portion of their Common Shares into additional Common Shares, which will be issued at 97% of the Average Market Price (as defined in the Plan) and provides the opportunity to make optional cash purchases of additional Common Shares on a semi-annual basis, on dividend payment dates.To participate in the Plan, registered Eligible Shareholders must deliver a properly completed enrolment form to Computershare Trust Company of Canada ("Computershare") (in its capacity as "Plan Agent" under the Plan), as directed under the Plan, by no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on the fifth business day immediately preceding a dividend record date in order for the cash dividend to which such record date relates to be reinvested under the Plan.Additional information on the Plan is available at: www.investorcentre.com/first-quantumThe dividends paid are considered eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.For further information visit our website at www.first-quantum.comNorth American contact: Lisa Doddridge, Director, Investor Relations Tel: (416) 361-6400 Toll-free: 1 (888) 688-6577 United Kingdom contact: Clive Newall, President Tel: +44 7802 721663 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Copper has erased losses racked up in the early months of the coronavirus outbreak. China’s economic uptick, set to be confirmed by second-quarter figures this week, is encouraging an optimistic view of demand. Latin American supply constraints may be a bigger factor in propelling the price higher, though, with pandemic-related closures and the prospect of strikes ahead. Neither threat will ease soon.China, which accounts for roughly half of global copper demand, is certainly doing its bit to encourage bulls. Industrial production rose 4.4% from a year earlier in May and is likely to have accelerated further in June. Gross domestic product will expand 3.4% in the second quarter, Bloomberg Economics forecasts, after contracting in the first three months. Property sales in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai rose above pre-pandemic levels in mid-June. Appetite elsewhere is recovering more slowly — a problem, given almost a third of mainland copper consumption is eventually exported — but China has unquestionably helped the metal’s recovery from its March lows. Copper has climbed about 40% since then, and is up more than 6% this year to just shy of $6,600 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange.The spotlight is now moving. After an initial lift from demand, it is output that is pushing prices higher, as some of the world’s largest producers struggle to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. A forecast 2020 copper surplus is beginning to look like a potential deficit.The headache? Latin America, which has turned into a coronavirus hotspot, owing to a combination of bad policies and poverty. The region, including Peru and Chile which alone make up 40% of global copper production, now accounts for more than a quarter of daily incremental Covid cases and over two-fifths of the world’s new deaths. Peru shut down swiftly, but its recovery has been slow. Chile, which has so far allowed mines to keep moving with reduced crews and avoided pit lockdowns, now has one of the world’s highest infection rates.Take the world’s largest copper miner, Chile’s state-owned Codelco. It has tightened safety measures, halted smelting activities and slashed staff at its Chuquicamata mine. Its El Teniente expansion is on hold. Still, the company says it has now registered 3,215 infected workers, implying an infection rate far above the general Chilean population.That suggests more restrictions are likely, and that projected output for the top copper-producing nation will be impossible to sustain. Even an official estimate last month that put the Chilean drop this year at 200,000 metric tons — roughly 1% of annual global production — may be optimistic if infection rates don’t improve. Unions, meanwhile, may begin to agitate more loudly over safety and other worries. The pandemic isn't putting off existing disputes. Workers at Antofagasta Plc’s Zaldivar mine have rejected a final wage offer and voted to walk out. At BHP Group’s Escondida, an early retirement offer has gone down badly. Post-coronavirus efforts to increase efficiency there are elsewhere won’t do much better.And that’s just Chile.Mexico’s outbreak has been devastating, with deaths now higher than Italy’s. First Quantum Minerals Ltd.’s Cobre Panama is only just beginning a reopening plan. Africa’s copper producers are hurting too, particularly Zambia.The copper market is used to supply disruptions: Strikes and outages are annual occurrences. Yet problems are beginning to pile up, against the backdrop of a stronger-than-expected Chinese recovery and limited stockpiles that have magnified the price impact of any hiccups. Global visible inventories have declined 30% since March, according to Jefferies. That’s good news for miners like Freeport McMoRan Inc., which has said the expansion of its Grasberg mine in Indonesia is on track. That may well change with a smaller team onsite, but Freeport shares have more than doubled since March. Speculators adding to bullish copper bets will help.The bigger question is what this means for supply beyond the next few months. Production was constrained even before the coronavirus. Now, projects have been pushed back, while exploration and development budgets have been trimmed across the sector. Financially squeezed, Codelco in particular could see expansions shelved. And copper is still trading below prices that would get miners racing to dig again — that in theory requires at least $7,000 per metric ton, a level last hit more than two years ago.Supply pressures are here to stay.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (FM.TO) announces that Cobre Panama can resume full production. The Company has received notice of Resolution No. 1651, dated July 03, 2020, issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama (“MINSA”) lifting the temporary suspensions at its Panamanian subsidiary, Minera Panama, S.A. Cobre Panama has been in Preservation and Safe Maintenance mode since April 6, 2020. The Company will implement a reopening plan which provides for a phased increase of onsite personnel while production is ramped up to an 85 million tonnes per annum annualized throughput rate.
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Botswana issued its first licences allowing three private companies to generate their own power which will mostly be destined for export, the energy regulator said on Thursday. The Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have received 15-year generation licences and will produce a combined 827 megawatt (MW) of power. State-owned Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is currently the sole producer of electricity but the country is looking to diversify with several private investors at various stages of setting up coal, gas and solar power projects.
Mining companies in Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, have suffered a 30% drop in revenue over the three months to April due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout could last for at least 12 months, the Chamber of Mines said on Thursday. Severe global restrictions on movement have hit mining supply chains and hindered the export and sale of copper, the mining industry association said, hurting company revenues and government coffers. The metal is Zambia's main foreign exchange earner and a key driver of tax revenues.
TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,885.48, up 246.58 points.)Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Up 39 cents, or 7.49 per cent, to $5.60 on 11.3 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Up 15 cents, or 5.14 per cent, to $3.07 on 8.9 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Industrials. Up $2.11, or 14.43 per cent to $16.73 on 8.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up $5.05, or 32.9 per cent, to $20.40 on 8.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Up 79 cents, or 10.44 per cent, to $8.36 on 4.6 million shares.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Energy. Up 24 cents, or 6.56 per cent, to $3.90 on 4.5 million shares.Companies in the news:Air Canada — The International Air Transport Association has proposed a series of measures aimed at relaunching the global air travel industry, including the mandatory use of face masks, a ban on lining up for onboard washrooms and an end to physical distancing. The organization says passenger face coverings remove the need for social distancing on board, which it defines as leaving middle seats open. Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. — both of which the association counts among its 290-odd members — say their pandemic policies block the sale of adjacent seats in economy class or throughout the entire plane.TC Energy Corp. (TSX:TRP). Down $1.33 or 2.1 per cent to $61.38. A financial analyst says Alberta government backing means TC Energy Corp. can be more comfortable continuing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline this summer despite Joe Biden's vow to kill it if he is elected president in November. Jennifer Rowland of Edward Jones says it's not surprising that the campaign for the leading U.S. Democratic Party candidate said Monday that he would cancel the presidential permit for the project issued by President Donald Trump. She says the declaration, however, represents a significant risk for the US$8-billion project and would likely result in the Calgary-based company re-examining how prudent it is to continue construction.Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:RET). Unchanged at 27 cents. Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. has obtained court protection from its creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act to allow a restructuring of the women's clothing retailer. The process will allow the company to implement a restructuring plan that addresses the impacts of COVID-19, which prompted retail outlets across Canada to shut their doors temporarily in an effort to help contain the pandemic from spreading. Reitmans closed 587 stores on March 17, but its e-commerce websites have remained open.Chesswood Group Ltd. (TSX:CHW). Down 47 cents or 10.4 per cent to $4.06. Chesswood Group Ltd. says it is temporarily suspending its monthly dividend as part of its plan to resume funding new business in the U.S. as closure restrictions due to the pandemic begin to lift. The commercial equipment finance company says the decision was part of a move to also draw on its revolving credit facility as its customers' businesses reopen. The suspension of the dividend follows a reduction of its regular payment to shareholders in April to 3.5 cents per share from seven cents due to the pandemic.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 19, 2020.The Canadian Press
TORONTO, May 07, 2020 -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum” or “the Company”) (TSX:FM) announced that the nominees listed in the Management Information Circular for.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (FM.TO) today reported for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (“Q1”) comparative loss1 of $79 million ($0.11 per share1), net loss attributable to shareholders of the Company1 of $62 million ($0.09 loss per share1) and cash flows from operating activities of $473 million ($0.69 per share1). At April 27, 2020, the Company had unmargined copper forward sales contracts for: 175,525 tonnes at an average price of $2.59 per lb outstanding with periods of maturity to January 2021; zero cost collar unmargined sales contracts for 127,500 tonnes at weighted average prices of $2.66 per lb to $2.92 per lb outstanding with maturities to January 2021; unmargined nickel forward sales contracts for 11,000 tonnes at an average price of $6.76 per lb outstanding with maturities to February 2021; and has hedged 180 million litres of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel at an average price of $0.32 per litre as part of the Company’s cost management strategy.
TORONTO, April 22, 2020 -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (TSX: “FM”) today announced that the financial covenants under its senior $2.7 billion Term Loan.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (TSX: “FM”) announces that, due to the ongoing health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, it will hold its annual and special meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) in a virtual-only format, at the same time and on the same date as planned, being May 7, 2020 at 09:30 a.m. (EDT). In response to the recent public health measures enacted by the federal and provincial governments, and to mitigate risks to the health and safety of its employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, the decision has been made to hold the Meeting as a virtual-only meeting. The Company will not hold an in-person meeting as previously communicated in the Notice of Meeting dated March 11, 2020 that was sent to shareholders and filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After years of buying at the peak of the economic cycle and selling in the trough, could the world’s big diggers do the reverse? Compared to peers in oil and gas, Rio Tinto Group and the largest diversified miners are riding out the coronavirus storm in sheltered positions: They have low operating costs, little debt and more than $60 billion in liquidity.History matters here. Just over a decade ago, miners binged on hubristic investments like Rio’s acquisition of aluminum producer Alcan or Anglo American Plc’s Minas Rio iron-ore venture. In the hangover years between 2012 and 2016, some $200 billion was written off, and a generation of chief executives were shown the door. It was a near-death experience akin to what the energy sector is going through today, and one that left behind an industry focused on cleaning up, cutting back and returning cash to shareholders. Rio has been among the most generous, handing back $36 billion since 2016.It means the industry’s largest players went into this crisis with two things: balance sheets at their most robust in years, and a pedestrian growth outlook. Almost the opposite is true at long-coveted targets like Freeport-McMoRan Inc., with a market value of $11 billion, and First Quantum Minerals Ltd., valued at $3.5 billion. These mid-size base metal producers are beginning to look fragile, with expanding copper mines but nearly $19 billion of total debt between them. Their shares have fallen more than 40% this year. No one knows how long a recovery from the pandemic will take, or what life will look like on the other side, but miners have a little more certainty than most: Metals like copper, used for electrification and a host of consumer goods, will be needed, and will be in short supply. It’s a tantalizing state of affairs. As ever, things aren’t quite that simple, and even the heftiest miners aren’t immune to the world’s turmoil. BHP Group has to contend with the crashing oil price. Anglo American is dealing with lockdowns in South Africa, Peru and elsewhere, as governments try to contain the spread of coronavirus. Glencore Plc, long the most buccaneering of the large players, is tackling succession, trouble in Zambia and a pending U.S. Department of Justice investigation into its business practices.At Rio, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Sebastien Jacques has perhaps the strongest motivation to act. He is less exposed to many of these uncertainties, and is running a miner that still relies on iron ore for about three-quarters of its Ebitda, as steel consumption hovers at or near a peak in China. Large mainland miners, like acquisitive Zijin Mining Group or Jiangxi Copper Co., may be his competitors. There are cashed-up bullion players, too: Barrick Gold Corp.’s CEO, Mark Bristow, has said he could consider copper and even Freeport’s Indonesian Grasberg mine.The trouble is, we’re not yet at the distress levels that will prompt boards to approve a rush for checkbooks. Travel and due diligence are impossible, markets are too volatile for share deals and the next few months remain an unknown quantity. Shareholders may balk. In past crises, even distressed sellers were able to command premiums, so bargains will be tough. Copper prices are still above the depths of 2016.Worse, not even the most obvious prey would be easy to snap up: Freeport and First Quantum come with traps. Freeport, the world’s largest listed copper producer, faces the question of who will lead it when veteran Richard Adkerson retires, along with concerns over older U.S. mines and the costly move underground at Grasberg. Rio, unhappy with the environmental and political risks, sold its interest in the Indonesian mine in 2018. First Quantum, more bite-sized and so perhaps more appealing, battened down the hatches earlier this year with a poison pill, after Jiangxi Copper built an 18% stake. Its flagship Cobre Panama mine has yet to operate through a full wet season. Chinese players eyeing miners with Australian assets, meanwhile, would also have to deal with a regulator bent on discouraging opportunistic foreign bargain-hunters.Yet the longer the pandemic lockdowns drag on, the more the pain increases, as fixed costs go out and no cash comes in. It’s visible already in lithium, with Tianqi Lithium Corp. seeking to sell part of its stake in the Greenbushes operation in Australia, as it struggles to repay debt taken on to buy a stake in Chilean giant SQM. It’s rare to see large Chinese producers in distressed sales, even if lithium prices have plummeted since 2018. Rare-earth producer Lynas Corp., meanwhile, says it may need public funds to complete an ore-processing plant. Buyers won’t pounce yet. A global economic recovery isn’t in sight and will be slow; most will need a little more confidence that growth is coming back. That will mean a wider improvement than China’s stimulus and return to work, as encouraging as State Grid Corp.’s 2020 investment plans may be. They’ll also need travel restrictions to lift. Wait too long, though, and the opportunity to buy cheap will pass — again. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
TORONTO, April 15, 2020 -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (TSX: FM) will release first quarter 2020 financial and operating results on Monday, April 27,.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (FM.TO) announces that it is in receipt of Resolution No. 11622 dated April 6, 2020 issued by the Director General of Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama (“MINSA”) ordering the temporary suspension of labour activities at its Panamanian subsidiary Minera Panama, S.A., as a sanitary control measure due to COVID-19. The Company has decided to place the Cobre Panama operation onto care and maintenance until MINSA are satisfied that the quarantine conditions are appropriate. “We have been working very closely with MINSA throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gordon White, General Manager of the Cobre Panama operations.
TORONTO, March 30, 2020 -- First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“FQM” or the “Company”) (TSX: FM) provides notice that the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders will take place on.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (FM.TO) today announced that its production and sales remain stable in the current environment and maintains its production guidance for the year. “Our key priorities are the health of our employees and to ensure the business remains robust in the midst of a challenging commodity price environment,” stated Philip Pascall, CEO. Several members of the contractor workforce at the Cobre Panama operation have been confirmed as having contracted the COVID-19 virus.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- A combination of hefty dividends and contracting output is turning the world’s second-largest miner into the poster child for a $1.5 trillion industry’s growth quandary.Rio Tinto Group announced a record $3.7 billion final dividend Wednesday, adding to $11.9 billion of cash returns already paid in 2019. Yet it produced less iron ore, copper and aluminum, leaving market prices to lift underlying earnings by 18%. Rio’s Pilbara operations stumbled early in the year. Its Mongolian copper mine, a key source of future production and the basis of a greener portfolio, is now not only sorely overdue and over-budget, but also tangled in international tax arbitration. The $86 billion mining giant isn’t alone. High dividend yields and pedestrian output have begun to define resources heavyweights that used to be known for the exact opposite. Diversified groups relied on their varied sources of cash to expand, but large-scale opportunities are scarcer than ever, and portfolios look far less diverse too, once coal and other less appealing assets have been carved off. At Rio, iron ore now accounts for three-quarters of its underlying Ebitda.For investors, it hasn’t been all bad news. Since Chief Executive Officer Jean-Sebastien Jacques took the helm in 2016, Rio’s total return including reinvested dividends adds up to an impressive 112%, outpacing most rivals.Yet much of that is due to generous payouts. For a company that digs stuff up for a living, this may not be sustainable — especially for one that aims to build a portfolio better aligned with a carbon-light global economy. It may also be an indication of just how hard it is to change. Rio paid shareholders in 2019 more than double its capital expenditure budget for the same year.One priority has been copper. Under Jacques, head of that unit until he became CEO, Rio has said it wants to add more of the red metal as its existing mines age, and will look at other green ingredients, those for rechargeable batteries and the like. Yet a unit set up to consider just such deals hasn’t sealed a single one despite considering more than 200 opportunities, and the company has suffered blow after blow in Mongolia. Its Oyu Tolgoi mine in the South Gobi accounts for only a fraction of Rio’s value today, but could dictate the company’s fortunes. So far, it’s mostly an unhelpful headache. The mine, which Rio holds through Canada-listed Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., is one of the largest copper deposits around, and could produce an annual 550,000 metric tons of copper, almost as much as Rio produced last year, plus 450,000 ounces of gold. In the parlance of big miners, it moves the needle.Unfortunately, it also encapsulates everything that makes such projects so challenging: tough geography, messy local politics and complex geology. The cost of the largest, underground, portion has swelled to as much as $7.2 billion, and could rise again when a final estimate is published later in 2020. First production may now be be 30 months later than predicted. Fears of a cash call have dragged down Turquoise Hill shares.In the latest development, Rio announced last week it would begin arbitration proceedings to solve a tax dispute. Few arbitration deals yield significant victories — ask Barrick Gold Corp. and Antofagasta Plc, which won a $5.8 billion ruling against Pakistan last year — and they tend to irk host governments, so it’s a worrying sign. The risk is that Oyu Tolgoi becomes Rio Tinto’s own version of Freeport-McMoRan Inc.’s Indonesian pride and joy, Grasberg – wonderful in theory, nearly impossible in practice.Rio won’t drop Mongolia, and not just because of Jacques’ own attachment to the project. A copper option, however long-dated, is valuable, even if the company doesn’t yet jump in to buy out Turquoise Hill minority shareholders.But what then? Rio has manageable debt and ample cash — $9.2 billion in free cash flow in 2019, the highest level in almost a decade — and deals look cheaper as shares in copper-heavy Freeport and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. have roughly halved since 2018. Perhaps, though, not cheap enough to warrant wrestling with Freeport’s U.S. liabilities or First Quantum’s Zambian operations.Rio isn’t shrinking quite yet. It has exploration projects, and iron-ore production already did better in the second half, albeit still short of the company’s ultimate target. Yet with Oyu Tolgoi mired in arbitration and geological complexities, and the economy swiftly shifting, it might be time for Rio to consider just how creative it can get.To contact the author of this story: Clara Ferreira Marques at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Clara Ferreira Marques is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering commodities and environmental, social and governance issues. Previously, she was an associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews, and editor and correspondent for Reuters in Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.