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Monday 14 September, 2009

Titanium Resources

Interim Results

RNS Number : 9684Y
Titanium Resources Group Ltd
14 September 2009
 




Titanium Resources Group

Interim Results



14 September 2009: Titanium Resources Group ('TRG' or 'the Company') announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2009 ('the Period'). 


Highlights


  • Total sales of US$19.8 million (H1 2008 US$ 23.5 million1)

  • Costs of sales decreased by more than 50% to US$20.75 million (H1 2008 US$43.58 million2)

  • Loss after tax of US$ 4.95 million (H1 2008 loss after tax of US$ 20.2 million)

  • New power plant and lower oil prices contributed to  total reduction in fuel costs of US$ 9.9 million 

  • A gross insurance settlement of US$ 3.5 million was received from a reinsurer, following the capsize of Dredge D2

  • Comparable rutile production of 31,418 tonnes in the Period (H1 2008 35,419 tonnes3)

  • Cash generated from operations of US$ 2.4 million (H1 2008 loss of US$ 2.9 million)

  • Operating loss of US$ 959,000 (H1 2008 loss of US$ 11.1 million)

  • Force majeure lifted on supply contracts and 2009 production fully sold.

1 Excluding US$ 9 million of Bauxite sales in H1 2008. Total sales for H1 2008 were US$ 32.5 million

2 H1 2008 included US$ 8.1 million cost of sales from SML bauxite mine (Disposed July 2008)

3 Excluding 7,523 tonnes from D2 in H1 08. Total rutile production in H1 2008 was 42,942 tonnes.

 

Commenting on the results, TRG Chief Executive John Sisay said:


'The Company has made significant progress during the first half of 2009 and, whilst challenges remain, I am confident that our performance will continue to improve in the second half of the year.'


'The completed commissioning of the new power plant at Sierra Rutile and the implementation of a number of other cost saving measures have enabled us to significantly reduce operating costs in the Period. TRG's costs of sales have fallen by more than 50% compared to a year ago and operating losses have narrowed by 91% over the same period. As a result we believe the Company is on track to achieve operating profitability for H2 2009.'


'The Company has fully sold under contract all production for 2009 as well as almost all production for 2010.  We are confident that demand for our product significantly exceeds our current production capacity'




TRG

John Sisay, Chief Executive

Walter Kansteiner, Non-executive Chairman

Tel: +44 (0) 207 321 0000


Nominated Adviser

Arbuthnot Securities

John Prior / Ed Burbidge

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7012 2000


Aura Financial

Michael Oke / Andy Mills

Tel: +44 (0) 207 321 0000



Chief Executive's Review


The Company has made significant progress during the first half of 2009 and, whilst challenges remain, I am confident that our performance will continue to improve in the second half of the year.


The completed commissioning of the new power plant at Sierra Rutile and the implementation of a number of other cost saving measures have enabled us to significantly reduce operating costs in the Period.  TRG's costs of sales have fallen by more than 50compared to a year ago and operating losses have narrowed by 91% over the same period.   As a result we believe the Company is on track to achieve operating profitability for H2 2009.


The Company continues to work on long range mine planning and further mine development feasibility studies, in order to maximise the mine life of the reserve.


Production fell by 27% compared to the same Period of 2008, however stripping out the contribution of Dredge D2, production was down by only 11% on a like for like basis. Dredge D1 will be mining higher grade areas of the deposit in the second half of the year with expected grades of approximately 1.8-2% recoverable rutile and as a result we expect an improvement to production volumes. 


In the absence of production from D2, the Company has assessed a variety of options in order to increase production at the Sierra Rutile mine. As a result, the Company now intends to complete the construction of D3 and upgrade certain mineral processing equipment to improve recovery rates as soon as is practicable. In order to initiate these works, the Company will require financing of approximately US$ 25 million. It is anticipated that it will take 1 year before D3 is fully operational, at which time it should be able to deliver an additional production capacity of 30,000 tonnes per annum.  The upgrades to the mineral processing equipment are expected to increase rutile production by approximately 5,000 tonnes per annum.   



Following the lifting of the Company's suspension from trading on AIM in January, and my appointment as Chief Executive in February, we have made a number of changes to the Company's Board and management. Lindberg Charles has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, following a number of years with the Company, François Colette has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director, and Raju Jaddoo has become a Non-Executive Director following his resignation as Chief Financial Officer.  


Following the end of the period, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Button as Chief Operating Officer.  Mark has significant experience working in Africa in a variety of geological and management roles, most recently as Regional Geological Resources Manager at Anglo Coal.  We are sure his significant experience in the mining industry will prove invaluable as we seek to develop our operations.  


Dredge D2


The settlement agreement with one of our reinsurers, in April 2009 over claims relating to the capsize of Dredge D2 can now be disclosed as US$3.5 millionand appears in the accounts as an exceptional item.


We continue to negotiate with our insurers over the outstanding claims relating to Dredge D2.  Whilst there can be no certainty about the likely timing for the conclusion of our legal action we believe we are in strong position based upon the legal and technical merits of our claim 


As previously stated the project to repair Dredge D2 is expected to take 24 months and cost US$35 million, and wcontinue to assess a range of options in relation to the rehabilitation of the dredge. 


Production


On a like for like basis rutile production in the Period fell by 11% to 31,418 tonnes compared to the 35,419 tonnes produced by Dredge D1 in the first half of 2008.  The anticipated decline in production was as a result of Dredge D1 moving through lower grade material as it mined the border areas of the higher grade Lanti deposit, unforeseen operational difficulties and lost production hours as a result of bucket changes on the Dredge.  We expect production volumes for the second half of the year to improve now Dredge D1 is mining higher grade areas of the deposit where recoverable rutile grades are between 1.8 and 2%.


Ilmenite production of 8,658 tonnes in the Period, was a decline of 2,065 tonnes compared to H1 2008following the capsize of Dredge D2.


Financials


The financial performance of the Company in the Period improved significantly with operating losses falling by more than 90% from US$ 11.1 million in the same period of last year to US$ 959,000. Total sales during the Period were US$ 19.8 million, decline of 16%.  The Company reported a reduced loss after tax of US$ 4.95 million, compared to US$ 20.2 million in the first half of 2008. 


This improved result was principally as a result of a significant decline in the cost of sales, which fell by 52% to US$ 20.7 million.  Reduced overall fuel costs, the sale of the SML bauxite mine in H2 2008, improved procurement processes and reduced expenditure on overheads and salaries all contributed to this highly credible performance


Net cash generated from operational activities was US$ 2.3 million, in comparison to a loss of US$ 2.9 million in the first half of 2008.


The exceptional gain of US$ 2.3 million includes the US$ 3.5 million received from the settlement with a reinsurer, less US$1.2 million in legal costs incurred thus far in the Company's continuing pursuit of total insurance monies and the settlement agreement concluded in April Whilst legal costs will continue to be incurred we are confident the Company will secure significant additional receipts from the remaining reinsurers.


At 30 June 2009 the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$ 4.5 million and net debt of US$ 48.million.  As previously announced during 2008 the Company successfully negotiated with the Government of Sierra Leone a 2 year moratorium on interest payments on the Company's EU loan.


Cost Reduction


During the first half of the year a combination of reduced oil prices and operating efficiency improvements from the new powerhouse, which operated in line with forecasts, resulted in a total reduction in fuel costs of US$ 9.9 million.


The Company also achieved a reduction in overheads for the Period in excess of US$ 3.7 million, representing 8.5% of the company's total cost base. These savings were driven by the significant measures we have taken to reduce costs across the entire business through headcount reductionssalary cuts, improved procurement processes, and a reduction in contracted services

 

In addition to these cost cutting initiatives, an additional cost saving of US$ 8.1 million was realised as a result of the sale of the SML bauxite mine in July 2008.


Markets & Outlook


Titanium dioxide feedstock markets have been affected by the economic crisis with demand for certain grades of product falling  in the first half of the year, however this has been mitigated by a number of factors which have supported demand for the Company's high grade rutile. As a result, rutile prices were higher in the first half of 2009 than 2008.


Whilst pigment manufacturers have curtailed production and shut plants in response to global economic conditions, supply reductions and plant shut downs across the feedstock industry have more than offset this reduction in production capacity.  


We continue to see increased demand for higher purity titanium feedstocks such as those produced by TRG. This is due to demand from both US, European and Asian chloride pigment manufacturers which we expect to remain robust in the second half of the year. 


Demand for industrial grade rutile remains strong, particularly in Asian markets, with the Company's high grade product able to command a premium.  Demand for industrial grade rutile for use in the welding rod sector grew by 15% in 2008 according to TZMI, and our research indicates that during 2009 it has continued to benefit from the significant infrastructure focussed government stimulus packages across the region.



The Company has also been successful in selling its ilmenite production during the first half of the year and is confident that this position will be maintained in the second half of 2009.


In February the Company lifted force majeure on its supply contracts. The Company has fully sold under contract all production for 2009 as well as almost all current planned production for 2010.  We are confident that demand for our product significantly exceeds our current production capacity.


Whilst the outlook beyond 2010 is unclear given the significant uncertainty over the future growth of the global economy, we are confident that demand for our product will remain solid.  Industry analysts forecast that rutile prices will continue to rise as a result of continued demand combined with a lack of significant new sources of supply.  

  

TITANIUM RESOURCES GROUP LTD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES



UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET - JUNE 30, 2009



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


















June 30, 2009


December 31, 2008


June 30, 2008

ASSETS 





USD'000


USD'000


USD'000

Non-current assets










Property, plant and equipment





  126,596 


  125,503 


  155,953 

Intangible assets





  13,277 


  13,311 


  13,139 

Non-current receivables





  753 


  753 


  753 

Deferred tax assets





  - 


  - 


  86,879 







  140,626 


  139,567 


  256,724 












Current assets










Inventories





  14,211 


  14,482 


  19,065 

Trade and other receivables





  20,933 


  23,258 


  22,384 

Current tax assets





  - 


  70 


  135 

Cash and cash equivalents





  4,556 


  7,362 


  4,360 







  39,700 


  45,172 


  45,944 












Total assets





  180,326 


  184,739 


  302,668 












EQUITY AND LIABILITIES










Capital and reserves










Share capital 





  238,026 


  238,026 


  237,041 

Revenue deficit





  (128,081)


  (123,128)


  (16,065)

Owners' interest





  109,945 


  114,898 


  220,976 












LIABILITIES










Non-current liabilities










Borrowings





  48,180 


  45,073 


  48,504 

Provision for liabilities and charges





  3,261 


  3,261 


  2,940 







  51,441 


  48,334 


  51,444 












Current liabilities










Trade and other payables





  18,868 


  21,499 


  29,078 

Current tax liabilities





  29 


  - 


  - 

Borrowings





  43 


  8 


  1,170 







  18,940 


  21,507 


  30,248 

Total liabilities





  70,381 


  69,841 


  81,692 

Total equity and liabilities





  180,326 


  184,739 


  302,668 













  

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT



FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2009








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


















6 months to June 30, 2009


Year ended December 31, 2008


6 months to June 30, 2008







USD'000


USD'000


USD'000












Sales





  19,792 


  49,417 


  32,488 












Cost of sales





  (20,751)


  (72,315)


  (43,588)












Gross loss





(959)


(22,898)


(11,100)












Other income





19


518


279












Administrative and marketing expenses

(3,227)


(7,932)


(3,205)





























(4,167)


(30,312)


(14,027)












Exceptional item





2,320


(7,707)


-












Finance costs





(3,007)


(2,338)


(5,866)







 


 


 

Loss before taxation

  (4,854)


  (40,357)


  (19,892)












Taxation





  (99)


  (86,925)


  (327)







 


 


 












Loss for the period/year attributable to equity holders of the group

  (4,953)


  (127,282)


  (20,219)












Loss per share (USD)


















- basic





  (0.02)


  (0.52)


  (0.08)












- diluted





  (0.02)


  (0.52)


  (0.08)













  

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY



FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2009





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





























Share


Revenue









capital


deficit


Total







USD'000


USD'000


USD'000












Balance at January 1, 2009



238,026


(123,128)


114,898

Loss for the period





-


(4,953)


(4,953)

Balance at June 30, 2009



238,026


(128,081)


109,945












Balance at January 1, 2008


237,041


4,154


241,195

Employee share options:










 - Options vested





985


-


985

Loss for the year





-


(127,282)


(127,282)

Balance at December 31, 2008



238,026


(123,128)


114,898












Balance at January 1, 2008



237,041


4,154


241,195

Loss for the period





-


(20,219)


(20,219)

Balance at June 30, 2008



237,041


(16,065)


220,976













  

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT



FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2009




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





























6 months to June 30, 2009


Year ended December 31, 2008


6 months to June 30, 2008







USD'000


USD'000


USD'000

Operating activities










Cash generated from/(absorbed in) operations

  2,351 


  (23,986)


  (2,912)

Interest received


  7 


  436 


  279 

Interest paid





  (10)


  (1,241)


  (22)

Tax paid





  -  


  (351)


  (251)


Net cash from/(used in) operating activities


 2,348 


  (25,142)


  (2,906)












Investing activities







Purchase of property, plant and equipment

  (5,220)


  (32,803)


  (18,351)

Purchase of intangible assets

  -  


  (210)


  (12)

Proceeds from disposal of plants

  30 


  99 


  -  

Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries

  -  


  28,676 


  -  

Net cash used in investing activities

  (5,190)


  (4,238)


  (18,363)












Financing activities






Proceeds from repayment of loan

  -  


  11,147 


  -  

Net cash from financing activities

  -  


  11,147 


  -  












Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

  (2,842)


  (18,233)


  (21,269)












Movement in cash and cash equivalents






At January 1,

  7,354 


  25,587 


  25,587 

Decrease





  (2,842)


  (18,233)


  (21,269)

At June 30/ December 31,

  4,512 


  7,354 


  4,318 













TITANIUM RESOURCES GROUP LTD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES














NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2009





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 












1.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 


















Titanium Resources Group Ltd (TRG) is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in the British Virgin Islands. The address of its registered office is at P.O.Box 4301, Trinity Chambers, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.



2.

BASIS OF PREPARATION

 


















The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The financial statements are prepared under the historical cost convention.  The interim financial statements for the half year ended June 30, 2009 are unaudited. The accounting policies  used in the preparation of the interim unaudited financial statements are consistent with those used in the  annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2008, except for the adoption of relevant amendments to published  Standards, Standards and Interpretations issued now effective. The interim financial statements comply with IAS 34.












3.

LOSS PER SHARE

 












6 months to June 30, 2009


Year ended December 31, 2008


6 months to June 30, 2008







USD


USD


USD












(a)

Basic loss per share

 


















Loss attributable to equity holders of the group (thousand)

(4,953)


  (127,282)


  (20,219)













Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

246,076,181


 245,621,354 


  245,342,848 













Basic loss per share

  (0.02)


  (0.52)


  (0.08)

  

TITANIUM RESOURCES GROUP LTD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES














NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2009





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 












(b)

Diluted loss per share


















Loss attributable to equity holders of the group used to determine diluted loss per share (thousand)

(4,953)


(127,282)


(20,219)













Number of shares











Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

246,076,181


245,621,354


245,342,848


Adjustments for share options

483,333


483,333


1,216,667








Weighted average number of ordinary shares for diluted loss per share

246,559,514


246,104,687


246,559,515













Diluted loss per share

(0.02)


(0.52)


(0.08)












4.

CAPITAL COMMITMENTS












6 months to June 30, 2009


Year ended December 31, 2008


6 months to June 30, 2008







USD'000


USD'000


USD'000


Property, plant and equipment acquisition contracted for at the balance sheet date but not yet incurred:

1,100


5,500


8,400












(a)

Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL), a subsidiary of Titanium Resources Group Ltd, entered into the above capital commitments.












5.

EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

 








Loss before tax includes USD 3.5m received from one of the major re-insurers of SRL. This represents the reinsurer's share of the Dredge D2 claim following the settlement agreement reached on April 15, 2009. Management foresees to incur additional costs in respect of the claim which cannot be quantified yet.












6.

EVENTS AFTER BALANCE SHEET DATE






Events after balance sheet date are disclosed only to the extent that they relate directly to the interim financial statements and are material in effect. As at the date of issuing this set of interim financial statements, there was no material event after the balance sheet date.



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