Exx - Exxaro - News Release - Exxaro`s Audited Group Financial Results For Release Date: 24/02/2009 07:06:06 Code(s): EXX
EXX - Exxaro - News Release - Exxaro`s Audited Group Financial Results For
The 12-Month Period Ended 31 December 2008
EXXARO RESOURCES LIMITED
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration Number: 2000/011076/06)
JSE share code: EXX
ISIN code: ZAE000084992
ADR code: EXXAY
("Exxaro" or "the company" or "the group")
NEWS RELEASE - EXXARO`S AUDITED GROUP FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE 12-MONTH
PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2008
- Revenue increases 36% to R13,8 billion
- Net operating profit up 71% to R2,5 billion
- Significant maiden profit contribution from Namakwa Sands
- Headline earnings of 1 058 cents per share
- Final dividend of 200 cents per share; total dividend of 375 cents per
Diversified South African-based resources group Exxaro Resources Limited
(Exxaro) today reported consolidated revenue of R13,8 billion for the 12
months ended 31 December 2008, an increase of 36% when compared with the same
period in 2007.
The group`s audited financial results and actual physical information for the
12- month periods ended 31 December 2008 and 2007 are not comparable as a
result of the acquisition of Namakwa Sands and a 26% interest in Black
Mountain Mining (Pty) Limited (Black Mountain) effective from 1 October and 1
November 2008 respectively.
Comparable unaudited supplementary financial results together with physical
information are provided for information purposes only, on the assumption
that both the acquisition of Namakwa Sands and the 26% interest in Black
Mountain took place on 1 January 2007.
Comments are for comparable purposes based on an analysis of the unaudited
comparable supplementary financial results and physical information compiled
for the 12- month periods to 31 December 2008 and 2007 respectively.
"The coal business reported record revenue and net operating profit as strong
demand resulted in increased sales at higher prices despite a significant
softening in international prices in the last quarter of 2008 following the
global economic meltdown," said Exxaro chief executive director, Sipho Nkosi.
"The sands business reported a higher consolidated net operating profit
compared to 2007 as a profit contribution from KZN Sands and a substantially
higher profit from Namakwa Sands more than offset a loss in the Australian
operation. Significantly lower average zinc prices and an increased
environmental provision resulted in the base metals business recording a net
operating loss," he said.
An average exchange rate of R8,10 to the US dollar was realised compared to
R7,26 for the corresponding period in 2007. The consistent strength of the
Australian dollar at 0,84 US cents to AU$1 realised in 2008, continued to
impact negatively on the financial results of the mineral sands operations in
Australia, despite the weakening of the Australian dollar in the last
quarter of 2008.
Group consolidated revenue increased by 33% to R15,2 billion with net
operating profit R1,2 billion higher at R2,8 billion.
Attributable earnings for the period are R3,4 billion or 1 002 cents per
share representing a 154% increase on the comparable 2007 attributable
earnings of R1,4 billion or 396 cents per share. This includes Exxaro`s 20%
share of the after-tax profits of Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Limited
(SIOC) amounting to R1,9 billion, a negative contribution of R4 million from
the effective 22% interest in the Chifeng zinc refinery and an equity
accounted loss of R1251 million from the 26% interest in Black Mountain.
Headline earnings which exclude the impact of the impairment of the carrying
value of assets in the earnings of Black Mountain, are R3,7 billion or 1 068
cents per share, this is 167% higher than R1,4 billion or 403 cents per share
reported for the previous corresponding period.
Cash retained from operations was R3,6 billion. This was primarily used to
fund taxation payments of R487 million, dividend payments of R984 million and
capital expenditure of R1,6 billion of which R470 million was invested in new
capacity and R1,2 billion applied to sustaining and environmental capital.
After the payments of R2,7 billion and R221 million respectively for the
acquisition of Namakwa Sands and a 26% interest in Black Mountain, the group
had a net cash outflow of R1,85 billion for the financial year. The final
dividend for payment in March 2009 will amount to a further cash outflow of
R710 million offset by the dividend inflow from SIOC of R1,1 billion.
Net debt of R483 million at 31 December 2007 accordingly increased to R2,4
billion at a net debt to equity ratio of 18% at 31 December 2008.
SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
The group remains committed to achieving a work environment that is fatality-
and injury-free. Despite excellent safety achievements at several business
units, regrettably five employees lost their lives in 2008 compared to a
similar number reported in 2007. The lost time frequency rate (LTIFR) per 200
000 man-hours worked in 2008 was 0,39 against a target of 0,21 and compared
to 0,36 in 2007.
In a further measure to strengthen its safety awareness and preventative
programmes, various safety improvement interventions focusing on pre-work
Hazard Identification Risk Analysis and intensive training on Exxaro`s I Care
Risk Controls, Vehicle Safety and Visible Felt Leadership, have been
Exxaro has reviewed its HIV/Aids strategy with the objective on improving
employee understanding of preventive behaviour to the contracting and spread
of HIV/Aids and increasing the number of employees who test and enrol for
treatment. At the end of 2008, the cumulative voluntary counselling and
testing enrolment improved to 50% from 30% at the end of 2007.
The environmental programme for 2008 focused on ensuring that all its mining
operations have fully compliant Environmental Management Programmes required
under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act as well as the
National Environmental Management Act. Exxaro is reviewing its processes to
determine the impact of its activities on natural resources.
Nine business units are certified under both the international health and
safety (OHSAS 18001) and environmental (ISO 14001) standards. The remaining
six business units have implemented certification programmes with the target
to have all operations fully compliant in 2009.
Exxaro is in ongoing discussions with Eskom to agree on baseline consumption
and continuous power supply while at the same time progressing group-wide
initiatives to conserve electricity consumption at existing operations and
feasibility studies to develop co- and on-site power generation projects.
CONVERSION OF MINING RIGHTS
The group is in regular engagement with the Department of Minerals and Energy
(DME) to process the registration of new order mining rights granted as well
as the converted old order mining rights of the former Kumba Resources. The
applications for approval of the conversion of the old order mining rights of
the former Eyesizwe Coal submitted during 2008 is in process.
All applications for new order mining rights have been granted in the mineral
sands and coal businesses except the Weltevreden deposit adjacent to the
Leeuwpan coal mine which is under consideration by the DME.
CHANGES TO THE BOARD
Mr DJ van Staden will retire as financial director on 28 February 2009. The
Board expresses its appreciation for his significant contribution to the
As announced, Mr WA de Klerk will succeed Mr van Staden as financial director
on 1 March 2009.
The group is expected to continue experiencing strong demand for local power
station coal. However, coking coal sales are anticipated to be lower at
reduced prices. Steam coal sales volumes should increase but at lower
Increased production volumes at all mineral sands operations and a full 12-
months` contribution from Namakwa Sands together with the local and
Australian currencies remaining at their present weaker levels, should
benefit this business in 2009 if market demand and prices remain at current
The base metals business is expected to remain under pressure in 2009 as a
result of continued depressed market conditions and zinc prices.
The equity accounted contribution from SIOC will be impacted by market demand
and the level of iron ore price adjustments effective from 1 April 2009.
The group will have a strong focus on capital prioritisation and working
capital management together with continuous business improvement initiatives
and cost control to offset lower demand and price challenges.
Overall, the group`s consolidated results for 2009, will largely be driven by
the extent to which global recessionary conditions impact on demand and
prices for its commodities, as well as the trading levels of the local and
The uncertain market outlook remains a key factor to the group`s results for
The directors have declared a final dividend, dividend number 12 of 200 cents
per share in respect of the 2008 financial year. The dividend has been
declared in South African currency and is payable to shareholders recorded in
the register of the company at close of business on Friday, 27 March 2009.
- View or download the full results announcement on www.exxaro.com
- See Addendum 1 for Operational highlights; Addendum 2 for Growth
Exxaro is one of the largest South African-based diversified resources
groups, with interests in the coal, mineral sands, base metals, industrial
minerals and iron ore commodities. www.exxaro.com
Executive General Manager: Corporate Affairs & Strategy
Tel: +27 (0) 12 307 3292
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 609 1444
Production volumes for the coal commodity business overall were 9% higher
than the previous year.
Power station coal production at the Eskom tied mines was significantly
higher due to a good turnaround at Arnot mine after successful implementation
of improvement initiatives. The commercial mines, most notably North Block
Complex (NBC) and Inyanda, increased production to supply higher demand from
Eskom. NBC started mining new reserves and increased overall capacity.
Coking coal production, however, decreased by 402kt in 2008 due to
challenging geological and mining conditions at Tshikondeni. In addition,
Grootegeluk mine used its no. 6 plant tipping capacity to channel run of mine
tonnages to the production of additional power station coal from the no. 2
washing plant, thereby contributing to the reduction of coking coal
Steam coal production was significantly higher than the previous year mainly
due to Inyanda ramping up during 2008, good production levels at Leeuwpan
resulting from additional overburden removal in 2007, as well as increased
production at NBC.
Sales of power station coal to Eskom increased by 2Mt to 36,3Mt as a result
of improved production performance at the tied mines and demand from the
electricity utility to increase stock levels at various power stations.
Other domestic sales were negatively affected by the lower production at
Tshikondeni as well as a 13% decrease in sales to ArcelorMittal SA Limited in
line with reduced demand in the steel and ferroalloy industry in the last
quarter of 2008. The coal business was able to fully offset these lower sales
volumes through additional sales from Leeuwpan and NBC to the domestic
Export volumes increased from 1,8Mt in 2007 to 3,3Mt in 2008 as a result of
increased export allocation at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and
production volumes from the new mines, Mafube and Inyanda.
Revenue increased by 78% to more than R9 billion due to significantly higher
average international coal prices linked to global oil and energy price
increases, and stronger demand. Domestic prices followed this upward trend
with international prices, however, declining in the last quarter of 2008
following the global economic crisis.
The commodity business reported an annual record net operating income of R2,7
billion, an increase of 200% compared to 2007 despite inflationary pressures,
especially in respect of labour and diesel costs, exploration costs for
Moranbah South in Australia and higher expenditure on projects in the
Waterberg and Mpumalanga province.
KZN Sands reported lower production volumes as a result of the Furnace 2
water ingress incident at the end of February 2008 with only Furnace 1 being
operational for the remainder of the year. Titanium slag was 63kt lower at
113kt than for the comparable period in 2007. Furnace 1 performed well by
producing more than 95kt of slag equivalent to 87% of cold feed capacity. Low
manganese pig iron production was in line with the decreased slag throughput
while ilmenite production was aligned with the lower smelter feed
requirements at 138kt lower than the corresponding period in 2007.
Revenue was R10 million lower but net operating profit increased by R188
million compared to the corresponding period in 2007 due to improved prices,
a weaker local currency and cost savings.
Continued improvement initiatives are impacting positively on production with
the Furnace 2 start-up in early December 2008, ramping up according to plan.
Record synthetic rutile production was achieved during 2008 resulting from
more stable operating conditions following the kiln shut in 2007. Although
mineral production was lower as a result of the dredging operations moving
through lower ore grade areas, successful business improvement initiatives to
increase yield and recoveries partly offset the negative variance. The 2009
mine plan indicates a higher grade than 2008 which should positively impact
on mineral production in 2009.
Pigment production was substantially lower than the comparative period in
2007 as a result of maintenance related issues, an emergency shut at one of
the critical raw material suppliers, the rebuild of all four chlorinators and
interruptions in gas supply during the first quarter of 2008 as previously
reported. Several initiatives have been implemented to improve the
performance of the pigment plant and in December 2008 pigment production
improved to pre-2008 levels. A stronger pigment production performance is
expected in 2009.
The lower production, increased maintenance cost at the pigment plant and a
rapid escalation in process chemical costs and energy consumables, combined
with the strong Australian dollar in the first half of 2008, led to a R142
million decrease in net operating profit compared to the previous year. The
decline in operating profit was partially offset by stronger pigment prices
and the weakening of the Australian dollar during the last quarter of 2008.
The Australian dollar weakened from an average of 0,87 US cents to the
Australian dollar for the six months ended 31 December 2007 to an average
rate for the six months ended 31 December 2008 of 0,77 US cents. The improved
mineral production and weaker Australian dollar in the second half of 2008
led to a net operating profit of R57 million, compared to a loss of R139
million in the first half of 2008.
At 31 December 2008, currency hedging of AU$51 million was in place at an
average rate of 0,76 US cents to the Australian dollar.
Exxaro acquired effective ownership of Namakwa Sands on 1 October 2008 for an
adjusted consideration of R2,8 billion, consisting of the cash price of R2
billion, a working capital adjustment of R199 million, capital expenditure on
the mineral separation project (MSP Project 1000) of R448 million and R121
million to compensate Anglo Operations Limited for its taxation recoupment.
The capitalised price adjustments result in either a subsequent cash inflow
or additional future deduction from taxable income for Exxaro KZN Sands.
Annual records were achieved for zircon, titanium slag and pig iron
production. The record zircon production was attributable to higher grades
and improved plant efficiencies. The record smelter production resulted
from Furnace 2 operating on full power of 35MW following the de-
bottlenecking of process difficulties which increased slag and iron tapped
despite the power cutbacks in the first quarter of 2008.
Efficiency improvements at the smelter operations include annual records
reported for the chlorinatable (CP) slag ratio at 84,5% compared to a
previous best 82,5%, and iron recovery at 91.3% compared to the previous
record of 90,3%.
The 44% increase in revenue is due to record product sales of 416kt at
stronger zircon and average pig iron prices and a weaker local currency. A
record net operating profit of R499 million was recorded for the year at an
operating margin of 27%.
Production of zinc metal at the Zincor refinery of 87kt was 14% lower than
the corresponding period in 2007. This was due to limited power supply and a
total plant black-out following a transformer failure causing major delays
and instability through-out the plant during the second half of 2008, as well
as the extended shut and rebuild of two roasters and the acid plant.
Zinc metal sales, however, remained in line with the corresponding period in
2007 despite a drastic reduction in the second half as a result of the global
economic crisis causing a sharp decline in the local market.
Production of zinc concentrate at the Rosh Pinah mine of 94kt is in line with
2007 although lower metal content grades were experienced. This was caused by
plant stoppages and instability from equipment failures at the crushing and
flotation circuits of the plant and failures due to unstable electricity
supply. A capital replacement programme of the flotation circuit is planned
for the second half of 2009 while the crushing circuit was fully refurbished
during the second half of 2008.
Zinc concentrate railed from Rosh Pinah was 11% lower as problems experienced
with the availability of railway wagons led to lower imports of cement into
Namibia and subsequent backhaul of concentrate. Lead sales were higher than
in 2007 due to rescheduled shipments.
Revenue for the year decreased by 33% to R1,8 billion mainly as a result of
lower zinc prices and marginally lower sales. The average zinc price for the
year of US$1 874 was 42% lower than the equivalent average of US$3 231 in
Net operating profit declined substantially from a profit of R688 million in
2007 to a loss of R172 million due to lower revenue coupled with increased
operating costs resulting from higher than inflation increases in
electricity, diesel and labour, high maintenance expenses and an increase in
the provision for environmental rehabilitation at Zincor of R87 million.
The divestment of a 43% interest in Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation (Pty) Limited
to Namibian shareholder groupings, effectively reducing Exxaro shareholding
to 50.04%, became effective on 1 July 2008. Exxaro retains operational
control of the mine.
At 31 December 2008 a total of 18kt representing 60% of Rosh Pinah`s
projected lead sales were hedged forward until 2011 at an average price per
tonne of R16 089 and 78kt representing 60% of Rosh Pinah`s projected zinc
sales at an average price of R19 619.
Production at the Chifeng refinery was 101ktpa for the year compared to a
design capacity of 110ktpa. An equity accounted loss of R4 million was
incurred compared to a loss of R18 million for the corresponding period in
The group is currently evaluating the proposed divestment of its interest in
the Glen Douglas dolomite mine.
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND PROJECT PIPELINE
Following the credit crisis and global economic meltdown in the second half
of 2008, Exxaro is reviewing its capital expenditure programmes, including
sustaining capital, as well as its project pipeline. The group will focus on
the successful implementation of committed expansions while re-prioritising
other identified growth opportunities,
Subsequent to Exxaro Board approval in August 2008 for the coal supply
agreement and the implementation of the project to expand the Grootegeluk
mine at a capital cost of R9 billion, Exxaro and Eskom concluded an agreement
in September 2008 for the supply of 14,6Mtpa of power station coal, for 40
years, from Grootegeluk mine to Eskom`s adjacent Medupi power station which
is currently under construction. The first coal is anticipated to be
supplied during the last quarter of 2011 with full production from 2014
The development of the Diepspruit reserve at New Clydesdale is planned to
produce its first coal in the second quarter of 2009. At full production, the
R136 million project will produce 1,3 Mt run of mine coal for beneficiation
at NCC for supply to the export steam coal market.
The commissioning and start of ramp-up of the Sintel char plant at
Grootegeluk mine for the production of reductants for the ferroalloy industry
has been delayed to February 2009 after the failure of the refractory lining
of the four retorts during the heating process. The revised plan is to
commission all four retorts by the end of June 2009 with full production of
160ktpa estimated to be reached by end of 2009.
Commissioning and ramp-up to full capacity of the Mafube expansion project at
a capital cost of R1,9 billion has been completed. The mine will produce
3Mtpa of export steam coal and 2Mtpa of power station coal. Exxaro`s 50%
joint venture participation with Anglo Coal, although still awaiting
fulfilment of all the conditions precedent, added 733kt to the overall export
volumes allowing the group to take advantage of the higher average export
prices experienced during the year.
Exploration of the hard coking coal resource on the adjacent properties of
Moranbah South and Grosvenor South in Queensland, Australia continues to
progress according to schedule. Exploration is focused on geological work to
delineate long-wall mining resources. The potential for bord and-pillar
mining operations will also be explored. Moranbah South has the potential to
produce premium quality hard coking coal.
A pre-feasibility study and geological exploration work on a potential
greenfields mine adjacent to the Grootegeluk mine with the capability of
supplying the market with power station and metallurgical coal, is being
The feasibility study for the construction of the Fairbreeze mine south of
the existing Hillendale mine, is being updated with start of construction
targeted for the second half of 2009. Production is planned for the first
half of 2011 after the mining of Braeburn and Braeburn extension in the next
The feasibility study of the Port Durnford mine, located to the south-west of
Hillendale mine is progressing. This mine could supply the KZN furnaces for
longer than 20 years, if proven viable.
Implementation of the Tiwest Kwinana pigment expansion project for an
additional 40ktpa production is on track with commissioning targeted for the
first quarter of 2010. Exxaro is funding 100% of the AU$100 million
Exploration activities in Turkey for zinc, lead, copper and iron ore
prospects are still in the early stages with further participation being
critically reviewed in the current depressed economic environment. A total
of R110 million was expensed for the year on acquisition and exploration
Following Exxaro`s decision in the first half of 2008 not to participate in
the planned expansion of the Chifeng refinery by a further 100ktpa, the
project has been indefinitely postponed in the light of the substantial
decline in demand for zinc metal.
24 February 2009
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