Veteran stockbroker Andrew Frazer has lauded the healthy appetite Australian investors have for speciality metals stories as he prepares to list one of the world’s largest tungsten players on the ASX.
Frazer’s Lazarus Corporate Finance Pty Ltd is the lead manager for the proposed listing of Almonty Industries Inc, which could debut on the bourse as early as the end of this month pending a successful IPO of $15-25 million.
Almonty is already listed on the TSX and currently produces tungsten from the Panasqueira Mine in Portugal. However, the jewel in the company’s crown is the upcoming Sangdong Mine in South Korea which is poised to become the largest tungsten producer outside China.
Frazer said with the market continuing to salivate over new floats and Sangdong firmly on track to produce first tungsten next year, the timing was perfect for Almonty to undertake a dual listing.
“I just think the Australian market is much more conducive to these sorts of speciality metal raisings,” Frazer told Paydirt after lodging the Almonty prospectus. “I also really believe in the future of tungsten because not only has it got all of its traditional uses like machine parts, it’s also being used now for the glass on mobile phones and in a lot of new battery applications. “Most importantly, 80% of the world’s tungsten is produced in China and essentially the reason we like Almonty is it’s all outside of China, so it gives a little bit more diversity of supply for the market.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Australian investors to get direct tungsten exposure outside of China to three producing assets when you factor in what they’re doing in Spain. And it compares very favourably to other listed tungsten companies, of which there are not very many.”
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Almonty is forecast to produce circa 93,000 mtu in 2021, with that output expected to increase to 350,000 mtu once Sangdong ramps up from mid next year. Sangdong, less than 200km south-east of Seoul, is currently in development. A technical report published in 2016 indicated a pre-production capex of $US65.6 million for a base case 13-year operation producing an annual average of 220,500 mtu. Cumulative after-tax cash flow is estimated at $US280 million with total revenue of $US827 million.
Almonty believes Sangdong is capable of being upgraded to as much as 650,000 mtu which would account for 30% of all tungsten production outside of China and 7-10% of global supply.
Frazer said one of the key highlights of the Almonty opportunity was an existing offtake arrangement with the company’s second largest shareholder, The Plansee Group.
Plansee and Almonty president Lewis Black — also the company’s biggest share-holder with a 19.5% holding — have a long-standing business relationship dating back more than a decade. “Investors are essentially never going to be beholden to the tungsten price,” Frazer said. “Lewis has always sold tungsten to Plansee and I think having an offtake partner like that makes you a lot more comfortable putting money into a company like this.”
Frazer said a minimum IPO raise of $15 million would open the door for Almonty to drawdown on its US$75 million debt facility with German bank KfW which marks the final piece in the funding puzzle for the development of Sangdong.
With Plansee being an Austrian company, the KfW project finance is also fully guaranteed by OEKB as a form of export credit agency cover.
Frazer said the recent resurgence of ASX-listed tungsten plays King Island Scheelite Ltd and ECG Resources Ltd (formerly Speciality Metals International) was a good sign for investors ahead of the Almonty listing.
“It’s very hard to find good exposure to this sector,” he said. “I must say that having just come back from Sydney and talking to institutions over there, the interest is high for this story so I’m expecting it will be heavily oversubscribed.
“Tungsten can be a difficult commodity and you have to be tough to do well in that industry. And there’s no one tougher than Lewis in this space, he’s been in tungsten his whole life.”
Almonty also plans to use cash flow generated from production at Sangdong to develop its Valtreixal project in Spain.
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Almonty Announces the Filing of its Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2022
Almonty announces the filing of its unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 and another quarter of positive EBITDA from mining operations.
The ball mill and sag mill base plates have arrived into South Korea from Metso in Turkey. The mill liners will also be arriving from India in the next few weeks. This order was placed with Metso in January 2021, and marks a turning point at Almonty’s Sangdong project.
Almonty Announces Receipt of the First Drawdown Amount of US$12,818,081 with the Next Drawdown of US$4,840,524 Now Scheduled for August 11, 2022
Almonty Industries Inc. today announced receipt of the first drawdown of US$12,818,081 on the KfW-IBEX Bank US$75.1 million project financing loan facility.
The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.
The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.
The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.
Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.
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