|Near-term demand for thermal coal remains robust in Asia, especially China and Indonesia, but Golden Energy & Resources (GEAR), a top coal producer in Indonesia, made decisive moves to diversify into gold and metallurgical coal production in 2020.
Let's take a look at Ravenswood Gold's financials:
|Operating Profit (April -Dec 2020): A$16.3 M|
Given buoyant gold prices in 2020, Ravenswood would have boosted GEAR's bottomline if not for one-off acquisition expenses.
In the 9 months from 1 Apr 2020, Ravenswood produced 47.6 Koz of gold and realised a selling price of A$2,622/oz.
Its operating profit was sterling at A$16.3m.
But it had a net loss due to acquisition cost and transition cost totalling A$16m (including stamp duty) that could not be capitalised.
GEAR's share of loss (net of tax) was US$4.90 million.
Stanmore: For the 6-month period ended 31 Dec 2020, Stanmore recorded an EBITDA loss and net loss of A$1.8m and A$16.1m, respectively (on 100% basis).
Stanmore’s average ASP declined 28% from A$159.5/t for financial year ended 30 June 2020 to A$115.1/t during the 6 months ended 31 Dec 2020.
While Stanmore sells to non-China markets such as Japan, its ASP was indirectly impacted by China's restrictions on imports of Australian coal.
Overall, GEAR's group net profit attributable to shareholders was US$8.1 million in FY2020 (FY19: US$9.9 million).
Group EBITDA rose to US$148m from US$130m in FY2019 (a 14% increase y-o-y).
In its core business (energy coal), GEAR's financial performance was impacted as energy demand cooled during the pandemic, especially in 2Q20 and 3Q20.
Energy coal segment: Key metrics of this by far the largest business segment of GEAR -->
|• Revenue: US$1.1 billion in FY2020, a decrease of 4.5% from FY2019.
• Average selling price: Fell 11.3% to US$31.03 per metric tonne from US$34.99. Coal price has since 4Q2020 made a strong recovery.
• Production cash cost: US$21.04 per metric tonne, one of the lowest since FY2017, which mitigated the ASP weakness.
This was achieved through mine planning and cost optimisation resulting in lower strip ratios and contractor rates.
• Production volume: All-time high of 33.5 million tonnes, an 8.5% y-o-y increase, which helped support revenue.
1Q21 is looking good for GEAR as thermal coal price has extended its 4Q20 recovery, hovering around US$40 per tonne.
China had a hand in that.
In addition, the price of metallurgical coal, which took a big hit last year with China's halt (temporary?) on Aussie imports, also firmed up from 4Q2020.
The FY20 results presentation material is here.