Nickel 28 Announces Financial Results, Major Debt Repayment and New Analyst Coverage
TORONTO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Nickel 28 Capital Corp. (“Nickel 28“or the”Company“) (TSXV: NKL) (FSE: 3JC) has published its results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.
Company President and CEO Justin Cochrane is pleased to report that “with Ramu’s significant cash generation in the second half of 2020 and much higher nickel prices in the first half of 2021, we expect now to fully repay the company’s operating debt by mid-year, which is much earlier than our previous forecast. Mr. Cochrane continued, “MCC, our operating partner in PNG for over 17 years, continues to deliver outstanding performance from Ramu. ”
Highlights of the year 2020
The principal asset of the Company, an 8.56% interest in the Ramu Nickel-Cobalt joint venture (“Ramou”) Integrated in Papua New Guinea, had another exceptional year in terms of production, sales and cash flow. Ramu’s highlights during the year include:
– Full-year operating debt repayment of US $ 22.1 million, reducing the operating debt balance to $ 25.4 million as at December 31st, 2020.
– A new operating debt repayment of US $ 15.4 million on January 1st, 2021, reducing operating debt to less than US $ 10.0 million. This reimbursement reflects the share of Nickel 28 in Ramu’s operating surplus in H2 2020.
– Turnover of more than 410 million US dollars.
– Average cash costs for the year, net of by-product sales, of US $ 2.07 / lb. of nickel content.
– Production of 33,659 tonnes of contained nickel and 2,941 tonnes of cobalt contained in mixed hydroxide (MHP) making Ramu the world’s leading producer of MHP.
– MHP sales of 75,071 dry tons.
– An average carbon footprint over three years independently calculated of 15.6 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of nickel in MHP, considered par leading to the nickel industry average of 26.6 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of nickel as reported by Wood Mackenzie.
Strengths of Nickel 28:
– Strong year-end cash balance of US $ 6.4 million, providing ample liquidity to the Company.
– Non-recourse joint venture debt, as of January 2sd 2021, of US $ 91.6 million, of which US $ 10.0 million in operating debt and US $ 81.7 million in construction debt.
– Sale of two non-core assets in Papua New Guinea for milestone cash payments and royalty agreements on each property.
– New listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, under the symbol 3JC.
– New Arlington Group Asset Management research coverage. The report can be found here: https://mcusercontent.com/bcf952a3fa8185f9a112ba741/files/f7cf6109-c3d6-4e28-a5f0-50f18d835452/Nickel_28_First_Final.pdf
“We continue to see significant tension in the nickel market, particularly for Ramu’s mixed hydroxide product. With LME nickel prices currently trading at around US $ 8.00 per pound of nickel, and Ramu fortunately not seeing any impact on production from the Covid-19 pandemic, we expect another bumper year. production, sales and cash flow of our Ramu JV, ”said Anthony Milewski, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company.
About nickel 28
Nickel 28 Capital Corp. is a nickel-cobalt producer through its 8.56% stake in the production, long-life, world-class joint venture of the Ramu Nickel-Cobalt operation located in Papua New Guinea. Ramu provides Nickel 28 with significant attributable nickel and cobalt production, providing our shareholders with direct exposure to two metals critical to electric vehicle adoption. In addition, Nickel 28 manages a portfolio of 13 nickel and cobalt royalties on development and exploration projects in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Caution regarding forward-looking statements
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