Conic Highlights Ramu Operating Results

|Feb 24|magazine14 min read

TSX Venture:  NKL

TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Conic Metals Corp. ("Conic" or the "Company") (TSXV: NKL) is pleased to provide its first summary of the operating performance of the Company's largest asset, being the Ramu Nickel-Cobalt ("Ramu") integrated operation in Papua New Guinea ("PNG"), which management believes is one of the largest and most ambitious mining and processing projects to have been successfully brought into production in PNG during the past decade. Conic currently holds an 8.56% joint-venture interest in the Ramu operation. Ramu is operated by the Metallurgical Corporation of China ("MCC") which, along with its partners, owns an 85.0% interest in Ramu.

"For the third consecutive year, Ramu has exceeded design production capacity and remained one of the lowest cost integrated nickel mines in the world," stated Justin Cochrane, Conic's President and CEO. He continued, "MCC has once again delivered outstanding operational and financial performance at our Ramu nickel-cobalt operation and we continue to work with our joint-venture partners to maximize value, from one of the world's largest nickel-cobalt operations, for the benefit of all stakeholders."

Ramu's operating and financial performance for the last 8 quarters is shown below, noting that these figures are unaudited.


2018

2019


Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Full Year

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Full Year

Ore Processed (dry kt)

877

950

920

963

3,710

800

959

911

886

3,556

MHP Produced (dry tonne)

21,688

23,949

22,750

23,871

92,258

19,653

22,490

21,186

19,695

83,024

Contained Nickel (tonne)

8,210

9,159

8,804

9,182

35,355

7,663

8,767

8,390

7,902

32,722

Contained Cobalt (tonne)

774

870

793

838

3,275

704

793

740

674

2,911

Nickel Capacity Utilization (% of design1)

101%

112%

108%

113%

108%

94%

108%

103%

97%

100%

MHP Shipped (dry tonnne)

23,827

17,114

1,352

24,272

66,565

17,219

24,607

37,605

24,460

103,891

Contained Nickel (tonne)

9,024

6,999

524

9,413

25,960

6,588

9,457

14,531

9,685

40,261

Contained Cobalt (tonne)

861

655

48

865

2,429

609

861

1,329

827

3,626

C1 Cash Cost2 

$2.50

$1.84

$1.50

$2.46

$2.46

$2.34

$3.14

$3.69

$4.05

$4.05

C1 Cash Cost for 25thPercentile2

$1.73

$1.85

$2.12

$2.60

$2.60

$2.56

$3.48

$3.42

$4.05

$4.05

Cash Cost Actual3

$0.63

$0.02

$1.32

$1.49

$    0.87

$2.44

$2.41

$2.75

$2.68

$    2.57

Note (1)

Ramu  design capacity of 32,600tonne/year contained Ni

Note (2)

As reported by Wood Mackenzie (full year basis) 

Note (3)

Actual Cash Cost net of byproduct credit

 

Additional notes:

A. Conic has included certain performance measures in this press release that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by international financial reporting standards (IFRS) including (i) C1 Cash Cost and (ii) Cash Cost Actual. The presentation of these non-IFRS measures is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Other companies may calculate these non-IFRS measures differently. Note these figures have not been audited and are subject to change.

B. These figures have not been audited and are subject to change. As the company has not yet finished its year-end annual close procedures, and the audit of its 2019 financial statements is not complete, the anticipated financial information presented in this press release is preliminary, subject to final year-end closing adjustments and may change materially. The information presented above has not been audited by the company's independent accountants, should not be considered a substitute for audited financial statements and should not be regarded as a representation by the company as to the actual financial results.

About Conic

Conic Metals Corp. is a base metals company offering direct exposure to nickel and cobalt, both being critical elements of electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Conic holds an 8.56% joint-venture interest in the producing, long-life and world-class Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Operation located in Papua New Guinea which provides Conic with significant attributable nickel and cobalt production. In addition, Conic manages a portfolio of 11 nickel and cobalt royalties on development and exploration projects in Canada and Australia. Conic will continue to invest in a battery metals-focused portfolio of streams, royalties and direct interests in mineral properties containing battery metals.

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