The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Press release from Marketwire

Talison Lithium Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Talison Lithium Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results09:28 EDT Thursday, May 10, 2012PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2012) - Talison Lithium Limited ("Talison" or the "Company") (TSX:TLH), today announced results for the third quarter of the 2012 fiscal year1.THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTSRecord revenue and EBITDA2 of A$37m and A$12m, an increase of 27% and 90% y/y respectively Net profit of A$8.2m resulting in basic EPS of 7.6 cents per share, a 112% and 100% y/y increase respectively Construction of the Stage 2 Expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Operations (Expansion) remains on schedule and budget with commissioning expected to be completed by the end of June 2012 Cash and cash equivalents increased to A$85.1m at March 31, 2012 notwithstanding continued capital expenditure during the quarter for the Expansion Outlook remains positive, with early indications that global supply may tighten in FY2013 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTSThree Months ended% ChangeNine Months ended% ChangeMarch 31 (unaudited)March 31 (unaudited)(in thousands A$, unless noted otherwise)FY12FY11FY12FY11Sales Volume (tonnes lithium concentrate)111,89697,00115%267,432247,0858%Sales Price (Average US$/tonne)US$340US$30312%US$328US$3106%Revenue$36,965$29,20727%$85,530$83,0893%Cash Operating COGS ($/tonne lithium concentrate)$195$1950%$196$208(6%)EBITDA$11,964$6,30890%$23,477$18,31128%EBITDA Margin32%22%+1,000bps27%22%+500bpsNet Profit$8,220$3,874112%$15,469$15,04533%Basic EPS (cents/share)7.63.8100%14.318.13(21%)"Talison had an outstanding third quarter, with records achieved in sales volume, revenue and EBITDA." Peter Oliver, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director commented. "This exceptional performance, in conjunction with Talison's strong cash reserves, positions the Company well for the future development of the lithium carbonate plant."Oliver continued, "Adding to our record quarter, I am pleased to report that the Expansion continues on-time and on budget as it nears completion. The increased capacity provided by the expansion will enable Talison to respond rapidly to changing conditions in the lithium market."1 Information in this press release is in relation to the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements of Talison as at and for the interim period ended March 31, 2012 (collectively, the "Financial Statements") and should be read in conjunction with Financial Statements. The financial information contained in this press release is derived from the Financial Statements, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). All amounts in this press release are expressed in Australian dollars ("A$") unless otherwise identified. References to "C$" are to Canadian dollars and references to "US$" are to United States dollars.2 The term "EBITDA" is a non-IFRS financial measure. For further information and a reconciliation of EBITDA to its IFRS-compliant income statement, refer to "Non-IFRS Performance Measures" in Management's Discussion and Analysis of the financial condition and results of operations of Talison Lithium Limited as at and for the interim period ended March 31, 2012 (which can be found on Talison's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com).3 The net profit and basic EPS for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 include certain items which relate to the Re-Organization of Talison Minerals Pty Ltd before it was acquired by Talison and as such, do not provide a meaningful comparative to the results of Talison for the nine months ended March 31, 2012.THIRD QUARTER-FINANCIAL RESULTSRevenue of A$37.0 million was generated in the quarter, a 27% increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2011.EBITDA of A$12.0 million represented a A$5.7 million, or 90% increase over the corresponding period in the prior year. EBITDA margin increased to 32%. Increases in revenue and EBITDA were primarily driven by higher sales volume and an increase in average sales price.Net profit and earnings per share for the third quarter of A$8.2 million and A$0.076 were respectively a 112% and 100% increase on the corresponding period in fiscal 2011.Cash inflow from operating activities for third quarter of A$16.3 million, was A$8.1 million higher than the corresponding period in the prior year due to increased sales revenue.Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2012 increased during the quarter to A$85.1 million notwithstanding the ongoing capital expenditure of the Expansion.THIRD QUARTER-SALES & PRODUCTION RESULTSTalison sold a record 111,896 tonnes of lithium concentrate (approximately 16,600 tonnes lithium carbonate equivalent ("LCE")) in the third quarter, representing a 15 per cent increase over the corresponding period of fiscal 2011. Sales included approximately 38,000 tonnes of Talison's lithium concentrate that were delayed from the second quarter.Sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2012 of 267,432 tonnes of lithium concentrate (approximately 40,000 tonnes LCE) materially matches production for the nine months ended March 31, 2012 of 273,286 tonnes of lithium concentrate (approximately 40,500 tonnes LCE).Production volume for the third quarter was a record 93,563 tonnes lithium concentrate (approximately 14,000 tonnes LCE), a 6% increase compared to the third quarter fiscal 2011.The average sales price of lithium concentrates sold during the third quarter was US$340 per tonne, a 12% increase over the average sales price of US$303 per tonne during the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase in average sales price demonstrated the initial impact from the price increase that applied from January 2012.FISCAL 2012 OUTLOOKTalison expects to sell approximately 350,000 to 360,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate for the full year ending June 30, 2012.There are early indications of tightening in the global supply of lithium, which may result in price increases, for the year ending June 30, 2013. Following the completion of the Stage 2 Expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Operation, Talison will be well positioned to adjust sales volumes in response to changing market conditions that confirm a tightening market.EXPANSION UPDATEThe Stage 2 Expansion at the Greenbushes Lithium Operations continues to proceed on schedule and on budget. Commissioning of the Expansion has now commenced and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2012.To view "Stage 2 Expansion at the Greenbushes Lithium Operations", please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Stage2.jpg.THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS CONFERENCE CALLTalison will host a conference call to discuss the financial results on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9.00 a.m. (EST). The call is being webcast by Thomson Reuters and can be accessed at www.earnings.com or at Talison's website, www.talisonlithium.com.The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis of the financial condition and results of operations of Talison Lithium Limited as at and for the interim period ended March 31, 2012 are accessible at Talison's website, www.talisonlithium.com. Teleconference call details are as follows:North America:+1 (800) 706 7748International:+1 (617) 614 3473Participant Code:33870090Chairperson:Peter Oliver, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Replay Available from:May 14, 2012, 11.00 a.m. (EST)Available to:May 21, 2012Dial In:+1 (888) 286-8010International:+1 (617) 801-6888Passcode:19830888ABOUT TALISONTalison is a leading global producer of lithium and has been supplying a global customer network from the Greenbushes Lithium Operations in Western Australia for over 25 years. In anticipation of sustained growth in lithium consumption, driven primarily by the secondary lithium battery market, Talison is doubling its production capacity at the Greenbushes Operations and also developing several growth projects including a lithium carbonate plant in Western Australia.FINANCIAL STATEMENTSThree MonthsThree MonthsNine MonthsNine MonthsEndedEndedEndedEndedINCOME STATEMENTMarch 31, 2012March 31, 2011March 31, 2012March 31, 2011(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(1)A$'000A$'000A$'000A$'000Sales revenue36,96529,20785,53083,089Operating costs(21,766)(18,962)(52,457)(53,639)Other income / (expenses)(3,235)(3,937)(9,596)(11,139)EBITDA(3)11,9646,30823,47718,311(2)Depreciation and amortization(625)(925)(2,038)(2,792)Net financing income / (costs)5742982,020(4,747)Net realized US$ hedging gain3018693,3241,506Net realized foreign exchange gain / (loss)(805)(259)2078,936Net fair value gain/(loss) on financial assets and liabilities397(113)(4,957)2,861Income tax (expense) / benefit(3,586)(2,304)(6,564)(9,030)Net profit/(loss) for the period8,2203,87415,46915,045Basic earnings per share (cents/share)(4)7.63.814.318.1Diluted earnings per share (cents/share)(4)7.63.714.317.5Basic weighted average number of shares107,899,247101,668,000107,799,83283,076,000Notes:(1)The financial results for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 are comprised of the results of Talison for the period from August 12, 2010 to March 31, 2011 (i.e., post-Reorganization) and the carve-out results of the Greenbushes Lithium Operations for the period from July 1, 2010 to August 11, 2010 (i.e., pre-Reorganization). Readers are cautioned that the results for the period from July 1, 2010 to August 11, 2010 may not be reflective of the ongoing affairs of Talison.(2)EBITDA for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 included A$1.6 million in non-recurring Reorganization costs.(3)EBITDA is a non IFRS financial measure. For a reconciliation of EBITDA to its IFRS compliant income statement, see "Non-IFRS Performance Measures".(4)Basic and diluted earnings per share have been calculated based on the weighted average number of shares on issue. For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2012, the weighted average number of shares includes both the outstanding ordinary shares of Talison adjusted to remove ordinary shares held by the Talison Long Term Incentive Plan Trust which is consolidated under IFRS, and the exchangeable shares of Talison Lithium Exchangeco Limited, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Talison that are exchangeable (on a one-for-one basis) for ordinary shares of Talison. For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2011, the weighted average number of shares includes the outstanding ordinary shares of Talison, the exchangeable shares of Talison Lithium Exchangeco Limited that are exchangeable (on a one-for-one basis) for ordinary shares of Talison, and the ordinary shares of Talison Minerals adjusted for the Talison Minerals share consolidation which occurred as part of the Reorganization. See "Outstanding Share Data".As atAs atSTATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITIONMarch 31, 2012June 30, 2011(Unaudited)(Audited)A$'000A$'000AssetsCash and cash equivalents85,057102,605Trade and other receivables12,87921,543Inventories17,80811,182Derivative financial instruments3,89110,205Property, plant and equipment142,31495,215Exploration and evaluation assets62,98261,714Total assets324,931302,464LiabilitiesTrade and other payables12,95412,380Interest-bearing liabilities27,64729,243Tax payable6,781-Provisions15,18214,668Deferred tax liabilities9,13610,622Total liabilities71,70066,913Shareholders' equity253,231235,551As atAs atMarch 31, 2012June 30, 2011(Unaudited)(Audited)A$'000A$'000Outstanding number of sharesOrdinary shares of Talison112,003,670110,527,347Exchangeable shares of Talison LithiumExchangeco Limited(1)337,6661,494,239Shares held in trust(2)(4,299,367)(4,299,367)Total outstanding number of shares108,041,969107,722,219Notes:(1)The exchangeable shares of Talison Lithium Exchangeco Limited are exchangeable (on a one-for-one basis) for ordinary shares of Talison. See "Outstanding Share Data".(2)On June 7, 2011, Talison Lithium established the Incentive Plan Trust. Talison Lithium issued 3,862,767 ordinary shares to the Incentive Plan Trust and the Incentive Plan Trust purchased 436,600 ordinary shares of Talison Lithium on-market. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain information contained in this press release, including any information as to Talison's mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, strategy, projects, plans, prospects, future outlook, anticipated events or results or future financial or operating performance, may constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking information. Forward-looking information can often, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "predicts", "potential", "continue" or "believes", or variations (including negative variations) of such words, or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "should", "might", "potential to", or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The purpose of forward-looking information is to provide the reader with information about management's expectations and plans. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All forward-looking statements made or incorporated in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements.Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of factors, estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Talison, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Such factors, estimates and assumptions include, but are not limited to: anticipated financial and operating performance of Talison, its subsidiaries and their respective projects; Talison's market position; future prices of lithium or lithium concentrates; estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources; realization of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; timing, amount and costs of estimated future production; grade, quality and content of concentrate produced; sale of production; capital, operating and exploration expenditures; costs and timing of the expansion of the Greenbushes Lithium Operations; exploration and development of the Salares 7 lithium project; costs and timing of future exploration; requirements for additional capital; government regulation of exploration, development and mining operations; environmental risks; reclamation and rehabilitation expenses; title disputes or claims; absence of significant risks relating to Talison's mining operations; the costs of Talison's hedging policy; sales risks related to China; currency; interest rates, and limitations of insurance coverage. While Talison considers these factors, estimates and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect and actual results may vary.Readers are cautioned that forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Talison and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such risk factors include, amount others, those described in the Financial Statements and under the heading "Risk Factors" in the annual information form of Talison for the year ended June 30, 2011 dated September 23, 2011, each of which can be found on Talison's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. While Talison considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect and actual results may vary.Although Talison has attempted to identify statements containing important factors that could cause actual actions, event or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release based on the opinions and estimates of management on the date statements containing such forward-looking information are made. Except as required by law, Talison disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Gary DvorchakTalison Lithium LimitedCFA+1 (310) 954-1123gary.dvorchak@icrinc.com