Eastern Platinum Limited
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Eastern Platinum Limited

August 14, 2012 08:00 ET

Eastern Platinum Reports Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2012

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - Eastern Platinum Limited (TSX:ELR)(AIM:ELR)(JSE:EPS) -

Mr. Ian Rozier, President and CEO of Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats") reports financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Summary of results for the three months ended June 30, 2012 ("Q2 2012"):

  • Eastplats recorded a loss attributable to equity shareholders of the Company of $85,674,000 ($0.09 loss per share) in the quarter ended June 30, 2012 ("Q2 2012") compared to a loss of $7,951,000 ($0.01 loss per share) in the quarter ended June 30, 2011 ("Q2 2011").
  • The Company recorded an impairment charge of $88,278,000 on its Eastern Limb properties in Q2 2012.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was negative $4,599,000 in Q2 2012 compared to negative $4,280,000 in Q2 2011. The impairment charge was not included in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA.
  • PGM ounces sold increased 29% to 26,412 ounces in Q2 2012 compared to 20,528 PGM ounces in Q2 2011.
  • The U.S. dollar average delivered price per PGM ounce decreased 19% to $902 in Q2 2012 compared to $1,113 in Q2 2011.
  • The Rand average delivered price per PGM ounce decreased 3% to R7,324 in Q2 2012 compared to R7,557 in Q2 2011.
  • Total Rand operating cash costs increased 11% to R235 million in Q2 2012 compared to R211 million in Q2 2011.
  • Rand operating cash costs net of by-product credits decreased 9% to R7,390 per ounce in Q2 2012 compared to R8,119 per ounce in Q2 2011. Rand operating cash costs decreased 14% to R8,881 per ounce in Q2 2012 compared to R10,287 per ounce in Q2 2011.
  • U.S. dollar operating cash costs net of by-product credits decreased 24% to $910 per ounce in Q2 2012 compared to $1,196 per ounce achieved in Q2 2011. U.S. dollar operating cash costs decreased 28% to $1,094 per ounce in Q2 2012 compared to $1,515 per ounce in Q2 2011.
  • Head grade increased to 3.99 grams per tonne in Q2 2012 from 3.93 grams per tonne in Q2 2011.
  • Average concentrator recovery increased to 79% in Q2 2012 compared to 76% in Q2 2011.
  • Development meters decreased by 18% to 2,922 meters and on-reef development decreased by 21% to 1,653 meters compared to Q2 2011.
  • Stoping units increased 29% to 40,959 square meters in Q2 2012 compared to 31,828 square meters in Q2 2011.
  • Run-of-mine ore hoisted increased 27% to 257,250 tonnes in Q2 2012 compared to 203,166 tonnes in Q2 2011.
  • Run-of-mine ore processed increased by 25% to 252,883 tonnes in Q2 2012 compared to 201,986 tonnes in Q2 2011.
  • The Company's Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) was 1.17 in Q2 2012 compared to 0.63 in Q2 2011.
  • At June 30, 2012, the Company had a cash position (including cash, cash equivalents and short term investments) of $167,871,000 (December 31, 2011 - $250,801,000).

The Company is pleased to report that, following its announcement on May 30, 2012 of its proposed plan for the suspension of development of the Mareesburg open-pit mine and construction of the Kennedy's Vale concentrator, the construction work has wound down efficiently following a coordinated plan. The project will be an estimated 40% complete and is forecast to be on full care and maintenance by the end of September 2012.

The Company is also pleased to report that its implementation of a comprehensive mine development plan at the Crocodile River Mine is progressing well. As a result of the temporary suspension of stoping at the Zandfontein section while continuing "on-reef" mining operations at the Maroelabult section, the Company expects production for the full year of 2012 to be approximately 75,000 PGM ounces and for the full year of 2013 to be approximately 60,000 PGM ounces.

The qualified person having reviewed the operating disclosures presented in this press release is Mr. Brian Montpellier, P. Eng, V.P. Project Development.

Financial Information

For complete details of financial results, please refer to the audited condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three months ended June 30, 2012. These financial statements and MD&A, and the comparative financial statements for the three months ended June 30, 2011 are all available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website www.eastplats.com.

Teleconference call details

Eastplats will host a telephone conference call on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am Pacific (1:00 pm Eastern) to discuss these results. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-800-319-4610 in Canada and the United States, or 1-604-638-5340 internationally.

The conference call will be archived for later playback until Tuesday, August 21, 2012 and can be accessed by dialing 1-604-638-9010 or 1-800-319-6413 and using the pass code 4219 followed by the number sign (#).

Total shares issued and outstanding - 928,187,807

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

This press release, which contains certain forward-looking statements, is intended to provide readers with a reasonable basis for assessing the financial performance of the Company. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intends", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "may", "will", "schedule" and similar expressions identify forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements pertain to assumptions regarding the price of PGMs, fluctuations in currency markets (specifically the Rand and the U.S. dollar), the future funding of the Company's projects, the future development of the Company's projects, the Company's plans for its properties, the anticipated timing for the awarding of tenders, and the accounting policies issued but not yet effective for the Company. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed exchange rates of currencies that directly impact the Company, such as Canadian dollar, South African Rand and U.S. dollar, the risk of fluctuations in the assumed prices of PGM and other commodities, the risk of changes in government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, South Africa, or Barbados or other countries in which the Company carries or may carry on business in the future, risks associated with mining or development activities, the speculative nature of exploration and development, including the risk of obtaining necessary licenses and permits, and assumed quantities or grades of reserves. Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect the Company's actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those acknowledged in such statements. Specific reference is made to the Company's most recent Annual Information Form on file with Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying 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 to the extent required by applicable laws.

Eastern Platinum Limited
Condensed consolidated interim statements of loss
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts - unaudited)
Three months ended Six months ended
Note June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue $ 24,287 $ 26,876 $ 48,673 $ 62,578
Cost of operations
Production costs 28,886 31,156 55,686 60,446
Depletion and depreciation 6 3,810 5,259 8,133 10,378
Impairment 6 88,278 - 88,278 -
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 1,569 - 1,569 -
122,543 36,415 153,666 70,824
Mine operating loss (98,256 ) (9,539 ) (104,993 ) (8,246 )
Expenses
General and administrative 6(d) 2,492 2,932 4,695 6,027
Share-based payments 7(e)(f) 23 46 2,340 8,269
2,515 2,978 7,035 14,296
Operating loss (100,771 ) (12,517 ) (112,028 ) (22,542 )
Other income (expense)
Interest income 897 1,413 1,929 2,922
Finance costs 8 (4,805 ) (353 ) (5,099 ) (875 )
Foreign exchange (loss) gain (45 ) 113 202 1,677
Loss before income taxes (104,724 ) (11,344 ) (114,996 ) (18,818 )
Income tax recovery 15,312 471 12,475 593
Net loss for the period $ (89,412 ) $ (10,873 ) $ (102,521 ) $ (18,225 )
Attributable to
Non-controlling interest 9 $ (3,738 ) $ (2,922 ) $ (7,939 ) $ (4,641 )
Equity shareholders of the Company (85,674 ) (7,951 ) (94,582 ) (13,584 )
Net loss for the period $ (89,412 ) $ (10,873 ) $ (102,521 ) $ (18,225 )
Loss per share
Basic 10 $ (0.09 ) $ (0.01 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.01 )
Diluted 10 $ (0.09 ) $ (0.01 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.01 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding in thousands
Basic 10 927,499 908,183 927,499 908,099
Diluted 10 927,499 908,183 927,499 908,099

Approved and authorized for issue by the Board on August 10, 2012.

David Cohen, Director

Robert Gayton, Director

Eastern Platinum Limited
Condensed consolidated interim statements of comprehensive loss
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars - unaudited)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net loss for the period $ (89,412 ) $ (10,873 ) $ (102,521 ) $ (18,225 )
Other comprehensive (loss) income
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations (40,064 ) 1,257 (6,888 ) (472 )
Exchange differences on translating non-controlling interest 576 (11 ) 291 (203 )
Comprehensive loss for the period $ (128,900 ) $ (9,627 ) $ (109,118 ) $ (18,900 )
Attributable to
Non-controlling interest (3,162 ) (2,933 ) (7,648 ) (4,844 )
Equity shareholders of the Company (125,738 ) (6,694 ) (101,470 ) (14,056 )
Comprehensive loss for the period $ (128,900 ) $ (9,627 ) $ (109,118 ) $ (18,900 )
Eastern Platinum Limited
Condensed consolidated interim statements of financial position as at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars - unaudited)
June 30, December 31,
Note 2012 2011
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 11 $ 57,397 $ 151,838
Short-term investments 110,474 98,963
Trade and other receivables 12 27,244 23,580
Inventories 13 6,556 7,989
201,671 282,370
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 6 564,494 615,439
Refining contract 14 8,230 9,009
Other assets 15 8,595 7,995
$ 782,990 $ 914,813
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 16 $ 29,945 $ 40,459
Finance leases - 1,675
29,945 42,134
Non-current liabilities
Provision for environmental rehabilitation 17 8,646 8,390
Deferred tax liabilities 20,424 33,520
59,015 84,044
Equity
Issued capital 7 1,230,358 1,230,358
Treasury shares 7(c) (334 ) (334 )
Equity-settled employee benefits reserve 43,887 41,563
Foreign currency translation reserve (110,367 ) (103,479 )
Deficit (428,438 ) (333,856 )
Capital and reserves attributable to equity shareholders of the Company 735,106 834,252
Non-controlling interest 9 (11,131 ) (3,483 )
723,975 830,769
$ 782,990 $ 914,813
Eastern Platinum Limited
Condensed consolidated interim statements of cash flows
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars - unaudited)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,
Note 2012 2011 2012 2011
Operating activities
Loss before income taxes $ (104,724 ) $ (11,344 ) $ (114,996 ) $ (18,818 )
Adjustments to net loss for non-cash items
Depletion and depreciation 6 3,878 5,853 8,266 10,972
Impairment 6 88,278 - 88,278 -
Refining contract amortization 14 340 407 697 802
Share-based payments 7(e)(f) 23 46 2,340 8,269
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 1,569 - 1,569 -
Interest income (897 ) (1,413 ) (1,929 ) (2,922 )
Finance costs 8 4,805 353 5,099 875
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 45 (113 ) (202 ) (1,677 )
Net changes in non-cash working capital items
Trade and other receivables 2,461 7,858 (3,192 ) 7,541
Inventories 1,959 792 1,322 754
Trade and other payables (2,284 ) (2,072 ) (739 ) 356
Cash (used in) generated from operations (4,547 ) 367 (13,487 ) 6,152
Adjustments to net loss for cash items
Interest income received 1,237 1,023 2,056 1,673
Finance costs paid (4,428 ) (2 ) (4,466 ) (195 )
Net taxes (paid) received (173 ) 250 543 (33 )
Net operating cash flows (7,911 ) 1,638 (15,354 ) 7,597
Investing activities
Acquisition of Lion's Head 5 - - (10,000 ) -
Net purchase of short-term investments 22,445 3,576 (12,022 ) (1,495 )
Purchase of other assets (378 ) (4,304 ) (712 ) (4,995 )
Property, plant and equipment expenditures (34,031 ) (19,193 ) (56,654 ) (33,516 )
Disposal of property, plant and equipment 554 - 554 -
Net investing cash flows (11,410 ) (19,921 ) (78,834 ) (40,006 )
Financing activities
Common shares issued for cash - exercise of stock options - - - -
Payment of finance leases 127 (648 ) (1,553 ) (648 )
Net financing cash flows 127 (648 ) (1,553 ) (648 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,419 ) (756 ) 1,300 1,370
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (20,613 ) (19,687 ) (94,441 ) (31,687 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 78,010 95,846 151,838 107,846
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 57,397 $ 76,159 $ 57,397 $ 76,159

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Contact Information

  • Eastern Platinum Limited
    Ian Rozier
    President & C.E.O.
    +1-604-685-6851
    +1-604-685-6493 (FAX)
    info@eastplats.com
    www.eastplats.com

    Canaccord Genuity Securities Limited, London - NOMAD
    Rob Collins
    +44 (0) 207 523 8000

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