Mineral Commodities Ltd (ASX: MRC) is a global mining and development company with a primary focus on the development of high-grade mineral deposits within the critical and industrial minerals sectors.
The Company is a leading producer of zircon, rutile, garnet, and ilmenite concentrates through its Tormin Heavy Minerals Operation, located on the Western Cape of South Africa
In October 2019, the Company completed the acquisition of Skaland Graphite AS, the owner of the world’s highest-grade operating flake graphite mine and a significant producer in Europe.
The planned development of the Munglinup Graphite Project, located in Western Australia, builds on the Skaland acquisition and is a further step toward an integrated, downstream value-adding strategy which aims to capitalise on what the Company anticipates will be fast-growing demand for sustainably manufactured Lithium-Ion Batteries.
As part of its battery minerals strategy, MRC is also investing in a downstream value-adding strategy targeting the production of low CO2 emission, environmentally sustainable natural battery anode material from both the Skaland and Munglinup natural flake concentrates. MRC’s anode strategy is targeting the production of natural anode material from dedicated anode plants in Europe and Western Australia as early as 2023, which aims to capitalise on the fast-growing demand for sustainably manufactured Lithium-Ion Batteries.
Cash: USD$1.9M (30 Sep 2022)
Debt: USD$9.3M (30 Sep 2022)
AU Mining Limited – 28%
HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited – 22%
Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited – 15.16%
Adam Bick – Interim CEO
Adam is a Chartered Accountant with over 22 years of experience in CFO and/or senior managerial positions in the resources industry. His commodities experience incorporates oil, gas, mineral sands and iron ore with companies including Fortescue Metals (where he oversaw $3.5B in capital management), ARC Energy Ltd and New Zealand Oil & Gas. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June 2019.
On 29 April 2022 MRC unveiled its Five Year Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan aims to significantly improve shareholder value through:
· Expansion of MRC’s graphite production through accelerating the development of the Munglinup graphite project in Australia and completing an expansion study and a Final Investment Decision (FID) for potential expansion beyond current mining right of 16Ktpa1, targeted for Q2 2023;
· Transition this expanded graphite production into graphitic anode production, feeding the unprecedented increases in planned Li-ion battery production capacity in Europe;
· Expansion of Tormin mineral sands production, subject to permitting, through upgrading and expanding resources for the Inland Strands and potential exploration upside at De Punt and Klipvley Karoo;
· Intention to transition current Tormin concentrate production into higher value finished products targeted for 2023
· Re-branding with a significant focus on ESG
This aggressive Strategic Plan will require significant funding for the proposed Skaland expansion, Munglinup development and commercial anode plant construction. The Company is investigating the possibility of dual listing in Europe in Q2, 2023 to support these expansion plans.
18 Jan 2023 – Skaland Graphite AS successful with EU Horizon Funding
– €12.3M DINAMINE (“Digital and Innovative Mine of the Future”) Project approved for funding in Horizon Europe program, which includes €9.2M of grant funding support from the European Commission
– Skaland is one of two European mining operations in the project consortium where developed technologies will be scaled-up and tested
– Application of innovative and digitization technologies (robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, integrated mine-to-port management systems) to improve efficiencies and sustainability of small to medium European mines
– Holistic mine-to-port approach to optimising performance • Project supports securing European raw materials supply
30 Dec 2022 – Rights Issue Strongly Supported by Shareholders
Rights Issue and Shortfall Offer strongly supported by eligible shareholders, with
an acceptance rate of over 70%.
– Issue price for new shares subscribed under the Offer ($0.075) is approximately
9% higher than the last share price on the closing date of the Offer.
– This successful result highlights the strong support the Company has from its
shareholders and is a clear endorsement of the Company’s growth strategy as outlined in its Five Year Strategic Plan 2022-2026.
28 Dec 2022 – Appointment of Mr Brian Moller as Chairman of MRC
06 Oct 2022 – MRC Secures Funding Support For Growth Strategy
Mineral Commodities Limited (ASX:MRC) (MRC or the Company) is pleased to announce
plans to raise up to A$15.7 million in additional funding towards its growth strategy as
outlined in the Company’s Five Year Strategic Plan 2022–2026.
1. To raise up to A$15.7M at an issue price of $0.075 per share pursuant to a
Placement and Entitlement Issue
2. Placement of 23.3M shares raising A$1.7M
3. Entitlement Issue of 1 new share for every 3 shares on issue, resulting in the issue
of up to 186.3M new shares to raise up to A$14.0M
4. The Entitlement Issue will be partially underwritten by Au Mining Limited
(Au Mining) and two directors of the Company
· Funding for graphitic anode pilot plant, resource and reserve drilling and expansion studies;
· Technology partnerships and acceleration of the technology qualification process
· Cultural change towards ESG, zero harm and people focus – from Board to operations
· Exploration permitting and initial resource drilling at De Punt, adjacent to the Tormin heavy mineral sands operation
· Munglinup reserve drilling and resource expansion drilling at the adjacent E74/505
· Skaland down dip reserve drilling
Feasibility study completed for targeted Skaland expansion and Munglinup development
· FID for accelerated Munglinup development, subject to permitting, and targeted Skaland expansion
· Graphitic anode offtake qualification, then commercial plant construction and production
· Vertical integration of business units from mine to downstream higher value products
· Funding for targeted Munglinup development, Skaland expansion and first commercial anode plants at Skaland and Munglinup;
· Environmental permitting approval for Munglinup. All required final documents have been sent for final environmental review;
· Targeted Skaland expansion permitting approval;
· Mining Right approval for expanded production of the Inland Strands at Tormin. Management are actively engaged with the regulator;
· Sufficient funding to meet expansion targets. Increased investor relations focus on pivot to a potential European dual list strategy in Q2, 2023;
· Operational cash flow variability resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly associated with sporadic global shipping of our Tormin exported product. Management are actively engaged with several shipping companies to best manage continuity of product delivery and have significantly diversified sales away from export sales to domestic sales;
Early Mover Advantage To Supply European EV/ Battery Storage Space
• Electric vehicles (EV) and battery storage require graphite, hence graphite is a global strategic critical mineral
• European based world class Skaland graphite mine and future graphitic anode production
• Successfully produced battery grades from Skaland and Munglinup graphite using environmentally friendly process
• Munglinup being accelerated, FID Q2 2023. DFS in Jan 2020 at 52ktpa
Diversified cash flows from World Class Assets
• Operating heavy minerals mine, strong operating cash flows, transitioning to vertical integration to finished product
• Operating battery minerals graphite mine, being returned to profitability, license to expand production by 60%,
• Munglinup graphite near-term development (FID Q2 2023) provides further diversification
• Vertically integrated graphitic anode PFS in September 2020 valued the graphitic anode business NPV at US$1Bn
Significantly Undervalued Market Capitalisation
• Focus on sustainable and responsible mining, sustainability frameworks, providing opportunities for ESG investors
• Current share price A$0.125, market high A$0.430. Underlying business has not changed
• Current market value A$66M. Battery Minerals vertically integrated graphitic anode PFS in September 2020 valued the graphite downstream anode business at US$1Bn, excluding the significant NPV of our Heavy Minerals asset
• Structural mispricing of company assets – current valuation easily justified by Mineral Sand business with no value attributed to graphite strategy.
Significant resource development and exploration upside potential
• Heavy Minerals resources at 562Mt, reserves in play only 21.8Mt. Further upside expanding and upgrading resources for the Western and Eastern Strandlines, De Punt and Klipvley Karoo Inland Strands prospecting applications
• Battery Minerals resources at 9.8Mt, reserves in play only 4.9Mt. Targets for increased resources at Skaland at depth, Munglinup along strike. Exploration upside at Bukken, Hesten and Vardfjellet prospects near Skaland and E74/565 adjacent to Munglinup
• Strategic M&A opportunities. Secondary focus diversifying into other critical and industrial minerals and technologies