Binding Pyrite Offtake Terms Agreed
The agreement contains a guaranteed floor price for all the pyrite concentrate delivered with a profit sharing mechanism for prices achieved greater than the floor price. The floor price will be negotiated on an annual basis and the agreement is for a minimum of 85% of the concentrate produced for the first three years.
Analyst Comment: The magnitude of this announcement cannot be under estimated. In our opinion, given the markets limited knowledge of pyrite, and the importance of pyrite to the projects overall revenue generation (TSI estimate - 24% LOM), obtaining offtake was in our opinion the greatest risk associated with the projects development.
With binding terms now agreed, which also importantly defined production levels (a minimum of 85% of the concentrate produced) as well as guaranteeing a floor price, we are hopeful finance negotiations will intensify in the coming months.
Catalyst: The two major items that need to be resolved prior to project financing is the third of the government approvals (Environmental Authority (EA) amendment), remembering that an EA was previously approved for the project in 2010 and complete the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED). Both of these are likely to be completed in September. Albeit that the approval process for this project seems to be a drawn out process particularly given this project has so many environmental benefits for the Queensland government.
In addition, the company submitted an application for financial support from the Queensland government $130m Jobs and Regional Growth Fund. Given the projects large environmental legacy as well as the high unemployment in the region, whilst not factored into our current valuation, this could reduce the equity component for project financing significantly. Again it would seem logical that this project would be a prime candidate to receive assistance from this fund.
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Valuation: We maintained our valuation for Carbine at $0.44 / share (SP $0.08 / share), as we were already conservative with our commodity price assumptions (Gold; US$1,250, Copper Sulphate US$6,450/t; Pyrite -$US$60/t). With the inclusion of the by-production credits this LOM AISC of A$660/oz. This will maintain Mount Morgan as one of the lowest gold producers in Australia.
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