Katanga Mining announces 2016 first quarter results and election of directors

ZUG, SWITZERLAND, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Katanga Mining Limited (TSX: KAT) ("Katanga" or the "Company") today announces its financial results for the first quarter of 2016. Katanga's Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be filed on SEDAR, www.sedar.com.

Highlights during the three months ended March 31, 2016






Three months ended



Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,



2016

2015

2015

Financial





Realized copper price*

$/lb

-

(4.35)

2.51

Realized cobalt price*

$/lb

-

5.13

10.54

Total sales*

$'000

(27,884)

(1,497)

220,778

 - including repricing*

$'000

(28,609)

(7,863)

(15,937)

EBITDA**

$'000

(86,540)

(78,138)

(41,878)

Net loss attributable to shareholders

$'000

(118,906)

(123,371)

(28,431)

C1 cash costs**

$/lb

-

-

2.88

Cash flows from operating activities

$'000

(78,842)

(140,523)

(268,833)

*

Negative price and sales amounts are a result of quality discounts, adverse repricing and mark to market ("M2M") adjustments.  

**

Refer to Item 20; Non-IFRS Measures in the Management's Discussion & Analysis. Due to the suspension of production, C1 cash costs are not calculated for this period.

 

Financial

  • Profitability during Q1 2016, when compared to Q4 2015 and Q1 2015, was affected by:
    • Quality discounts of $25.4 million on finalisation of outstanding 2015 sales resulting in negative sales amounts;
    • Reduced operating expenditures due to the suspension of copper and cobalt processing;
    • Restructuring costs totalling $3.1 million relating to contractor demobilisations (Q4 2015 – $12.3 million);
    • The cessation of borrowing cost capitalisation during Q1 2015 due to the completion of the Phase 5 Expansion Project, resulting in Amended Loan Facility interest expense of $74.2 million for Q1 2016 (Q4 2015 - $73.2million, Q1 2015 – $23.6 million); and
    • Income tax expense of $0.1 million in Q1 2016 (Q4 2015 - $0.1 million recovery; Q1 2015 - $57.4 million recovery) due to the cessation of deferred tax recognition on tax losses carried forward in the DRC and incurred after Q2 2015. Such recognition will be reassessed on commissioning of the WOL Project.
  • Cash flows from operating activities decreased in Q1 2016, when compared to Q1 2015, due to the suspension of copper and cobalt processing at the end of Q3 2015 and increased working capital requirements, notably for the reduction of accounts payable following the suspension of copper and cobalt processing. These cash outflows were funded by Glencore.

Election of Directors

Katanga is pleased to announce that the nominees listed in the management proxy circular for the 2016 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders were elected as directors of Katanga. Detailed results of the vote for the election of directors held at the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on May 12, 2016 in Toronto are set out below.

Nominee

Votes For

% For

Votes Withheld

%Withheld

Hugh Stoyell

1,513,651,345

99.98%

279,450

0.02%

Johnny Blizzard

1,510,910,328

99.80%

3,020,467

0.20%

Liam Gallagher

1,442,194,125

95.26%

71,736,670

4.74%

Aristotelis Mistakidis

1,442,194,125

95.26%

71,736,670

4.74%

Tim Henderson

1,442,197,125

95.26%

71,733,670

4.74%

Terry Robinson

1,513,651,345

99.98%

279,450

0.02%

Robert Wardell

1,513,647,845

99.98%

282,950

0.02%

 

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, including, but not limited to, the suspension of copper and cobalt processing. 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. The key assumptions that have been made in connection with the forward-looking statements include the following: the operations of the Company during the production suspension and timeline for the recommencement of operations remaining consistent with management's expectations, there being no significant disruptions affecting the operations of the Company whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, rollout of new equipment, damage to equipment or otherwise; permitting, development, operations, expansion and acquisitions at the Project being consistent with the Company's current expectations; continued recognition of the Company's mining concessions and other assets, rights, titles and interests in the DRC; political and legal developments in the DRC being consistent with its current expectations; the continued provision or procurement of additional funding from Glencore for operations, the completion of the T17 Underground Mine, the WOL Project and the Power Project; the successful completion of, and realizing the intended benefits from the WOL Project and the Power Project; new equipment performs to expectations; the successful development of the T17 Underground Mine; the exchange rate between the US dollar, South African rand, British pounds, Canadian dollar, Swiss franc, Congolese franc and Euro being approximately consistent with current levels; certain price assumptions for copper and cobalt; prices for diesel, natural gas, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; production and cost of sales forecasts for the Company meeting expectations; the accuracy of the current ore reserve and mineral resource estimates of the Company (including but not limited to ore tonnage and ore grade estimates); and labour and material costs increasing on a basis consistent with the Company's current expectations.

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. Such factors include, among others, the actual results of current exploration activities; actual results and interpretation of current reclamation activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of copper and cobalt; possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of exploration, development or construction activities, delays due to strikes or other work stoppage, both internal and external to the Company as well as those factors disclosed in the Company's current annual information form and other publicly filed documents. 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.

SOURCE Katanga Mining Limited

For further information: Johnny Blizzard, CEO, Tel: +41 (041) 766 71 10; Matthew Colwill, CFO, Tel:+41 (041) 766 71 10

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