Voldo, LOND nearly 20% up over the last month so hardly stagnated. Depends what your time frame is. Not a great deal of movement since the Q1 update but miners are generally out of favour at the moment (many for good reason). Seems LOND is being tarred with the same brush but when sentiment changes I expect this one to be one of the first to benefit. Realistically dividends are still a way of (maybe 3 years) but moving into profit this year makes them pretty exceptional for an AIM miner. Expect a far amount of the 2013 net income to go on capex contributing to the ramp up to 20Mwtpa target but once we are there then with reduced overheads per tonne this one should fly.
London Mining (LOND) the second-largest iron ore producer in Sierra Leone, is considering paying a first dividend as output at its Marampa mine expands and prices rise.
Growth to a production rate of 5 million metric tons a year by the fourth quarter 2013 will bolster profit and enable payment of a dividend “at the right time,” Chief Executive Officer Graeme Hossie said.
Rising output will help LOND post net income of $69 million in 2013, according to estimates from Jefferies Group Inc. analyst Seth Rosenfeld. “Focus on operational improvements in 2013 rather than further expansion projects should limit execution risk and improve free cash flow.” Higher cash flow “may pave the way for shareholder returns.”
“London Mining has made an excellent start to 2013 and we are pleased to announce record production and sales volumes in the first quarter. We are well advanced with the next stage of expansion to achieve a run rate of 5Mtpa by the end of the second half of this year and are reviewing high return opportunities for the further development of Marampa. As part of a programme of continuous improvements throughout our business we are increasing logistics capability, implementing our cost optimisation plan and are reviewing key areas of margin improvement including progressive reduction of FOB costs below USD50/dmt, improved FOB pricing from reduced ocean freight and reduction of our overall overheads. We are moving forward at Isua where we are encouraged following our initial engagement with the new Government of Greenland and continue to expect completion of the exploitation permitting process in 2013.”
LOND had its price target decreased by JP Morgan Cazenove from 215p to 205p in a research report released on May 10th. JP Morgan Cazenove currently has an overweight rating on the stock. LOND has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Credit Suisse reiterated an outperform rating in a research note to investors on May 9th. They now have a 200p price target. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a buy rating in a research note to investors on May 9th. They now have a 250p price target. Finally, analysts at Morgan Stanley reiterated an overweight rating in a research note to investors on May 9th. They now have a 220p price target. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of 201.82p.
Cape Lambert Resources (ASX: CFE) has been granted an Environmental Licence for its flagship Marampa iron ore project in Sierra Leone.
Importantly, the licence enables the company to apply for a Mining Licence over the project, a process which is expected to take about three months.
This will significantly de-risk the Marampa project clear the way for development of the project.
Cape Lambert also expects to finalise the Rail and Port Agreement with African Minerals Limited (LON: AMI) in the coming weeks.
Under the binding Heads of Agreement, Marampa had access rights to export 2 million tonnes per annum of wet iron concentrate via the recently refurbished and currently operational Pepel rail and port infrastructure, as well as 16.5Mtpa via the port of Tagrin when operational.
However, African Minerals announced in December 2012 that it would not build the port of Tagrin, but would instead expand its operations at Pepel, requiring the parties to finalise revisions to the agreement.
Marampa is a specular hematite project located 90 kilometres northeast of Freetown in Sierra Leone.
It comprises two licences, EL46A/2011 and EL46B/2011, with total JORC Resource of 680 million tonnes at 28.2% iron covering the Gafal, Matukia, Mafuri and Rotret deposits.
Cape Lambert currently has five interested parties in the data room, which could lead to a outright or partial sale of the asset
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