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Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Medusa Mining Ltd

Final Results & Annual Financial Report

RNS Number : 9732K
Medusa Mining Limited
29 August 2012
 

Medusa Mining Limited

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements

 

29 August 2012

 

Medusa Mining Limited ("Medusa" or the "Company") advises that its annual report and financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2012 has been published.  The document can be accessed through the link at the end of this announcement and is available on the Company's website (www.medusamining.com.au).

 

A copy of this report has been filed with the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for inspection shortly at www.hemscott.com/nsm.do.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR

Medusa presents its full year financial results for the year ended 30 June 2012, with a Net Profit After Tax of US$49.2 million.

 

Financials

 

·      Revenues of US$81.2 million compared to US$149.6 million for the previous year, due to a decrease in gold production as a result of accelerated development at the mine to prepare for future production increase, limited shaft haulage capacity and reduced availability of the milling circuit due to adverse weather conditions on two separate occasions.

 

·      Medusa is an un-hedged gold producer and received an average gold price of US$1,658 per ounce from the sale of 55,446 ounces of gold for the year (2011: 96,217 ounces at US$1,371 per ounce);

 

·      Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") of US$58.0 million, (US$120.7 million in the previous year);

 

·      Basic earnings per share ("EPS") of US$0.261 on a weighted average basis, based on NPAT of US$49.2 million (2011: EPS of US$0.587 based on NPAT of US$110.4 million);

 

·      The Company remains debt free and had total cash, cash equivalent in gold on metal account and bullion on hand of US$51.8 million at year end (2011: US$102.1 million);

 

·      Medusa paid un-franked dividends (in two equal instalments) totalling A$0.10 per share during the year.

 

Description

Unit

30 June 2012

30 June 2011

Variance

(%)

Revenues

US$

US$81.2M

US$149.6M

(US$68.4M)

(46%)

EBITDA

US$

US$58.0M

US$120.7M

(US$62.7M)

(52%)

NPAT

US$

US$49.2M

US$110.4M

(US$61.2M)

(55%)

EPS (basic)

US$

US$0.261

US$0.587

(US$0.326)

(56%)

Dividend paid

A$

A$0.10

A$0.10

-

-

 

Operations

 

Description

Unit

30 June 2012

 30 June 2011

Tonnes mined

WMT

274,185

262,610

Ore milled

DMT

253,138

266,613

Recovered grade

gpt

8.10

12.63

Recovery

%

92%

94%

Gold produced

ounces

60,595

101,474

Cash costs (1)

US$/oz

$261

$189

(1)    Net of development costs and includes royalties and local business taxes but no by-product credits

 

·      The Company produced 60,595 ounces of gold for the year, compared to the previous year's production of 101,474 ounces, at an average recovered grade of 8.10 g/t gold (2011: 12.63 g/t gold);

 

·      The average cash cost for the year of US$261 per ounce, was higher than the previous year's average cash costs of US$189 per ounce due primarily to reduced ounces produced.

 

Production Guidance

 

·      The production guidance for the forthcoming year is between 100,000 to 120,000 ounces at cash costs of around US$210 per ounce. There is currently a heavy emphasis on mine development to prepare the Co-O Mine for future production increase.

 

·      Subsequent to year end, on 22 August, the Company reported that fire had caused damage to the Baguio Shaft, putting it out of action temporarily for approximately three months. To offset the anticipated loss in production from the Baguio Shaft and maintain the stated production guidance for 2012/13, the Company has commenced processing stockpiles of settling pond fines.

 

·      Preliminary estimates for repairs and re-furbishment of the Baguio Shaft is approximately US$500,000. The Company is also in discussions with its insurers regarding the incident and lost production from the shaft. 

 

Reserves and Resources

 

Co-O Reserves

Jun 2012

Jun 2011

Variance

Probable reserves

568,000

502,000

66,000

Co-O Resources

Jun 2012

Jun 2011

Variance

Indicated resources

715,000

616,000

99,000

Inferred resources

1,304,000

1,344,000

(40,000)

Bananghilig Resources

Jun 2012

Jun 2011

Variance

Inferred resources

1,100,000

650,000

450,000

 

·      Gold reserves at Co-O increased to 568,000 ounces representing an increase of 66,000 ounces;

 

·      Co-O's gold resources comprised of 715,000 indicated and 1,304,000 inferred resource ounces, representing an increase of 99,000 and decrease of 40,000 ounces within the indicated and inferred categories respectively.

 

·      Bananghilig's inferred resources increased by 69% to 1,100,000 ounces

 

Exploration

 

·      Contiguous tenement package maintained at >800km2;

 

·      Budgeted exploration for fiscal year 2013 of US$25.0 million (2012 actual: US$35.1 million);

 

·      Exploration highlights at Co-O include:

the global resources passes 2 million ounces and is still open at depth, to the east, north and to the west beyond the Tinago Fault;

discovery of extensions to the west of the Tinago Fault;

extension along strike to the east by 400 metres to approximately 2 kilometres; 

demonstrating that mineralisation extends to at least 1 kilometre below the mine's adit entrance; and

the Conceptual Exploration Target ** for the Co-O Mine of between 3 and 7 million ounces of gold continues to be validated with global resources and mined ounces now totalling in excess of 2.5 million ounces;

** The potential target size and grade of the Co-O Mine is conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource. It is also uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being defined as a mineral resource.

·      At the Bananghilig disseminated gold deposit, drilling has confirmed more than 1 million ounces of Inferred Resources which is being converted to Indicated Resources to form the basis for  pit optimisation and feasibility studies;

 

·      At Saugon, re-drilling of the First Hit Vein has produced encouraging results with the mineralisation possibly open at depth; and

 

·      Induced Polarisation and ground magnetics geophysical programme have been completed over the Tambis intrusive-breccia complex, Kamarangan, Usa, Saugon and is almost complete at Lingig. Surveying is in progress for the same geophysical programme for the Co-O area.

 

New Co-O Mill

 

In November 2010, the Board approved the construction of a new plant with capacity to produce 200,000 ounces of gold per year based on processing up to 750,000 tonnes per year. The Capex was subsequently estimated at approximately US$70M for the new mill and mine expansion.

The Environmental Clearance Certificate for 2,500 tonnes per day for the new mill is in progress.

 

The current status of activities is:

·    Priority was given to the returning the tilting leach tanks back into service which has been achieved;

·    Construction of the new large leach tank should be completed by mid-August;

·    Foundations for the new crushing and grinding sections are advancing on schedule;

·    The de-toxification unit foundations are completed and form work is on schedule;

·    Approximately 50% of the SAG mill components have been delivered;

 

The new electrical supply systems to the mine and mill are advanced and the last stage will be completed when the mine is re-wired through the Saga Shaft.

 

Preliminary Development Timetable

 

Please see the link at the end of this announcement to view the full annual report and financial statements which contains the Preliminary Development timetable on page 6.

 

Dividend

 

The Company declared a final un-franked dividend payment of A$0.02 per share payable to shareholders on 4 October 2012.

 

The relevant dates for the final dividend are as follows:

 

Dividend Record Date

: 14 September 2012

Ex-Dividend Date (ASX purposes)

: 10 September 2012

Ex-Dividend Date (LSE purposes)

: 12 September 2012

Dividend Payment Date

: 4 October 2012

 

There is no foreign conduit income attributed to the dividend.

 

The Board considers it prudent to temporary reduce dividends from A$0.05 per share to A$0.02 per share until production levels increase at the Co-O Mine, so as to maintain a positive cash balance as it nears completion of the Co-O mill/mine expansion and also the need for additional CAPEX for upgrading/replacing existing infrastructure including new administration and accommodation buildings, new surface fleet maintenance workshops, new core farm and an exploration only laboratory.

 

The Board wishes to add that until such time as the Saga Shaft is completed towards the end of calendar year 2012, production levels will continue to be flat as the Company strives to balance production with development, as a direct consequence of limited haulage capacity.

 

In addition, the Company has also reviewed all its discretionary related expenditures and has decided to re-prioritise its exploration activities, by reducing the number of drlling rigs to 14 for the current financial year, most of which will continue to be active at Co-O. In the past, the Company's main focus was on exploration drilling, deploying up to 22 drilling rigs, at any one time.

 

Peter Hepburn-Brown, Managing Director of Medusa, commented:

 

"We all recognise that the last financial year has indeed been challenging as we sought to balance production and development and that the year's results have also been adversely impacted by two weather events beyond our control.

 

The 2012-13 year will be one of consolidation as we build on the previous year's hard work. However our focus has not changed, and that has been to complete the Saga Shaft on schedule in the December 2012 quarter. This will be a game changer for the Company as we commence the task of opening up Level 8 at 350 metres below surface.

 

We are also very aware of maintaining a strong positive cash balance as we complete the Co-O Mine and Mill expansion. The decision to temporarily reduce dividends was extremely difficult but prudent nevertheless, and we expect that once the expansion activities are completed and production improves, we will be in a position to increase dividends".

 

 

Contacts:

 

Australia

Medusa Mining Limited

Peter Hepburn-Brown, Managing Director

 

+61 8 9367 0601

United Kingdom

Fairfax I.S. PLC, Financial Adviser and Broker

Ewan Leggat/Laura Littley

+ (0)20 7598 5368

 

AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS EXTRACTED FROM THE 2012 ANNUAL REPORT

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 30 June 2012

 


Consolidated


2012

2011


US$000

US$000




Revenue

81,188

149,587

Cost of sales

(20,793)

(29,687)

Exploration & evaluation expenses

-

(18)

Administration expenses

(10,750)

(4,903)

Other expenses

(1,569)

(4,497)

Profit before income tax expense

48,076

110,482

Income tax benefit/(expense)

1,108

(127)

Profit attributable to members of the Company

49,184

110,355




Other comprehensive income, net of income tax:



Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations and other comprehensive income for the year

6,830

8,146

Total comprehensive income for the year

56,014

118,501

Overall operations:



Basic earnings per share (US$ per share)

0.261

0.587

Diluted earnings per share (US$ per share)

0.260

0.585

 

 

Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2012

 


Consolidated


2012

2011


US$000

US$000




CURRENT ASSETS



Cash & cash equivalents                                   

12,468

62,431

Trade & other receivables                                 

55,964

57,112

Inventories

14,643

8,136

Other current assets

707

509

Total Current Assets

83,782

128,188

Non-Current Assets



Property, plant & equipment             

63,929

40,008

Exploration, evaluation & development expenditure

182,897

116,382

Deferred tax assets

1,632

78

Total Non-Current Assets

248,458

156,468

Total Assets

332,240

284,656

Current Liabilities



Trade & other payables     

14,876

7,704

Provisions

920

567

Total Current Liabilities

15,796

8,271

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES



Deferred tax liability

257

257

Provisions

520

239

Total Non-Current Liabilities

777

496

Total Liabilities       

16,573

8,767

Net Assets                                      

315,667

275,889

Equity



Issued capital      

73,070

71,990

Reserves

23,760

14,879

Retained profits   

218,837

189,020

Total equity 

315,667

275,889

 

Statement of Changes in Equity for the year ended 30 June 2012

 


Share Capital Ordinary

US$000

 

Retained Profits

US$000

 

Other Reserves

US$000

Foreign Currency Translation Reserve

US$000

 

Total

US$000

CONSOLIDATED






Balance at 30 June 2010

70,906

97,642

1,834

5,044

175,426

Comprehensive Income






Net profit after tax

-

110,355

-

-

110,355

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

8,146

8,146

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

110,355

-

8,146

118,501

Transactions with owners, in their capacity as owners, and other transfers






Shares issued during the period

779

-

-

-

779

Share options issued during the period in accordance with AASB 2 - share based payment

-

-

160

-

160

Transfer from Option Reserve to Share Capital

305

-

(305)

-

-

Sub-total

71,990

207,997

1,689

13,190

294,866

Dividends paid or provided for

-

(18,977)

-

-

(18,977)

Balance at 30 June 2011

71,990

189,020

1,689

13,190

275,889

Comprehensive Income






Net profit after tax

-

49,184

-

-

49,184

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

6,830

6,830

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

49,184

-

6,830

56,014

Transactions with owners, in their capacity as owners, and other transfers






Shares issued during the period

789

-

-

-

789

Share options issued during the period in accordance with AASB 2 - share based payment

-

-

2,342

-

2,342

Transfer from Option Reserve to Share Capital

291

-

(291)

-

-

Sub-total

73,070

238,204

3,740

20,020

335,034

Dividends paid or provided for

-

(19,367)

-

-

(19,367)

Balance at 30 June 2012

73,070

218,837

3,740

20,020

315,667

 

Statement of Cash Flows for the year ended 30 June 2012

 


Consolidated


2012

2011


US$000

US$000




CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES



Receipts from customers

92,545

131,939

Payments to suppliers & employees

(30,354)

(36,244)

Interest received                 

370

808

Net cash provided by operating activities

62,561

96,503

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES



Payments for plant & equipment

(26,353)

(9,429)

Payments for exploration & evaluation activities

(14,345)

(11,698)

Payment for development activities

(46,986)

(31,127)

Net cash (used in) investing activities

(87,684)

(52,254)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES



Proceeds from issue of shares

1,079

779

Transaction costs from issue of shares

-

-

Payments for dividends

(19,367)

(18,977)

Net cash (used in) financing activities

(18,288)

(18,198)




Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents held

(43,411)

26,051

Cash & cash equivalents at the beginning of the financial year

62,431

32,457

Exchange rate adjustment

(6,552)

3,923

Cash & cash equivalents at the end of the financial year

12,468

62,431

 

 

JORC COMPLIANCE - CONSENT OF COMPETENT PERSONS

 

Medusa Mining Limited

Information in this report relating to Exploration Results has been reviewed and is based on information compiled by Mr Geoff Davis, who is a member of The Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Davis is the Managing Director of Medusa Mining Limited and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposits under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "Competent Person" as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and is a "Qualified Person" as defined in "National Instrument 43-101" of the Canadian Securities Administrators.  Mr Davis consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

 

Cube Consulting Pty Ltd

Information in this report relating to Mineral Resources has been estimated and compiled by Mark Zammit of Cube Consulting Pty Ltd of Perth, Western Australia. Mr Zammit is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves". Mr Zammit consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

 

Information in this report relating to Ore Reserves is based on information compiled by Dr Spero Carras, FAusIMM of Carras Mining Pty Ltd. Dr Carras has 30 years of experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves". Dr Carras consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

 

DISCLAIMER

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements. The words 'anticipate', 'believe', 'expect', 'project', 'forecast', 'estimate', 'likely', 'intend', 'should', 'could', 'may', 'target', 'plan' and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Indications of, and guidance on, future earnings and financial position and performance are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Medusa, and its officers, employees, agents and associates, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or outcomes may differ materially from any projections and forward-looking statements and the assumptions on which those assumptions are based. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and neither Medusa nor any of its directors, employees, servants or agents assume any obligation to update such information.

 

The full annual report and financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2012 are available on the Company's website (www.medusamining.com.au) and can be accessed via the following link:

 

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/9732K_-2012-8-29.pdf 

 

 

 

 


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