Mr. Alberto Lavandeira reports
ATALAYA MINING PLC ANNOUNCES Q3 AND YTD 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Atalaya Mining PLC has released its third quarter and nine-month results for the period
ended Sept. 30, 2022, together with its unaudited interim
condensed consolidated financial statements.
The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended Sept. 30, 2022, are also
available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Atalaya's website
Consistent quarter of production, supporting confidence in full year guidance
- EBITDA of 37.1 million in YTD 2022 despite extremely high electricity prices and other input cost inflation, which
resulted in EBITDA of negative 4.3 million in Q3 2022
Maintained a strong balance sheet with net cash of 55.6 million
Continued investments in growth, future cost reductions and decarbonisation via exploration program, 50 MW
solar plant and E-LIX Phase I project
Lower power prices post quarter end support positive outlook for Q4 2022 and into 2023 when new power
purchase agreement and 50 MW solar plant are expected to materially lower costs
Alberto Lavandeira, CEO commented:
"Q3 was a consistent quarter operationally with good throughput and improved grades compared to earlier quarters
in 2022. These trends are expected to continue in Q4 and into 2023 and support our reiterated 2022 guidance.
In terms of financial results, we were impacted by lower copper prices and very high inflationary pressures, most notably
the price of electricity including extremely severe spikes in August and September 2022. Since the end of Q3, electricity
prices have decreased by around 40%, due to mild weather and growing wind generation in Spain, reduced industrial
demand and a good supply of LNG cargoes.
As a result, we expect that costs will moderate in Q4 2022 and look forward to 2023, when we will also benefit from our
new long-term power purchase agreement and the start-up of the 50 MW solar plant, which will together provide
around 50% of our electricity requirements at highly competitive rates.
With the benefit of a strong balance sheet, we remain committed to investing in growth. Through greenfield exploration,
the development of higher-grade orebodies and Touro, and operating a commercial scale E-LIX plant, we are confident
that Atalaya will transform into a growth oriented and diversified multi-asset copper producer."
Investor Presentation Reminder
Alberto Lavandeira (CEO) and Cesar Sanchez (CFO) will be holding a live presentation relating to the Q3 and YTD 2022
results via the Investor Meet Company platform at 2:30pm GMT today.
To register, please visit the following link and click "Add to Meet" Atalaya via:
Management will also answer questions that have been submitted via the Investor Meet Company dashboard.
Ore mined was 3.8 million tonnes in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 3.4 million tonnes) and 11.3 million tonnes in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021:
10.0 million tonnes).
Waste mined was 5.8 million tonnes in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 7.8 million tonnes) and 19.3 million tonnes in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021:
23.2 million tonnes).
The plant processed ore of 3.9 million tonnes during Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 3.9 million tonnes), consistent with the plant's
ability to operate above its 15 million tonne per annum nameplate capacity. Throughput was 11.5 million tonnes in YTD
2022 (YTD 2021: 12.0 million tonnes), with the decline a result of the Q1 2022 transport sector strike and
related maintenance stoppage.
Copper grade was 0.41% in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 0.40%) and 0.39% in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: 0.41%). Lower grades in YTD 2022
were the result of blending with lower grade stockpiles during H1 2022 due to pit sequencing, however, in Q4 2022 grades
are expected to be higher than the average grade processed in YTD 2022.
Copper recoveries in Q3 2022 were 84.62%, which was consistent with expectations but below the comparative period
last year (Q3 2021: 87.24%) as a result of the characteristics of the ore processed during the quarter. Copper recoveries in
YTD 2022 were 85.70% (YTD 2021: 85.63%).
Copper production was 13,453 tonnes in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 13,893 tonnes) and 38,300 tonnes in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: 42,225
tonnes). Lower production for the nine-month period was due to lower grades (pit sequencing) and lower throughput
(Q1 2022 plant maintenance stoppage).
Q3 and YTD 2022 Financial Results Highlights
Revenues were 82.3 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 107.2 million) and 262.0 million in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: 304.3 million).
Lower revenues were the result of lower copper prices during the 2022 periods, as well as lower copper concentrate
volumes sold in YTD 2022 compared to the YTD 2021 period.
Operating costs were 86.6 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 58.4 million) and 224.8 million in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: 156.1
million) as a result of significant increases in key input costs such as electricity, diesel, explosives, steel and lime. Compared
to the prior periods in 2021, the increase in the cost of electricity in Q3 2022 and YTD 2022 was 20.2 million and 49.6
EBITDA was negative 4.3 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: positive 48.8 million) and positive 37.1 million in YTD 2022 (YTD
2021: positive 148.2 million). The decrease in EBITDA was driven by the combination of lower revenues and significantly
higher operating costs compared with the equivalent periods in 2021.
Loss after tax was 7.2 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 38.2 million profit) or a 4.7 cents loss per basic share (Q3 2021: 27.5
cents earnings per basic share) and a 22.9 million profit in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: 104.2 million profit) or a 17.4 cents
earnings per basic share (YTD 2021: 75.9 cents profit per basic share).
Cash costs were $3.34/lb payable copper in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: $2.19) and $3.26/lb payable copper in YTD 2022
(YTD 2021: $2.16/lb), with the increases due to significantly higher costs associated with electricity and other supplies and
lower production volumes, partially offset by the weaker Euro.
AISC were $3.49/lb payable copper in Q2 2022 (Q2 2021: $2.48/lb) and $3.47/lb payable copper in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021:
$2.49/lb). The increase in AISC in 2022 was driven by the same factors that increased cash costs. AISC excludes one-off
investments in the tailings dam, consistent with prior reporting.
Cash Flow Statement
Cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital were negative 4.2 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021:
positive 45.0 million) and negative 3.8 million after working capital changes (Q3 2021: positive 51.2 million). Working
capital movements are mainly related to changes in account receivables and payables due to timing differences. For YTD
2022, cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital were positive 37.0 million (YTD 2021: positive
151.1 million) and positive 17.6 million after working capital changes (YTD 2021: positive 124.2 million).
Cash flows used in investing activities were 8.7 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: 7.0 million) and 36.0 million in YTD 2022
(YTD 2021: 77.8 million). Major investments in YTD 2022 included 12.1 million for the 50 MW solar plant (YTD 2021: nil),
4.5 million in sustaining capex (YTD 2021: 4.5 million) and 9.4 million to increase the tailings dam (YTD 2021: 9.5
million). The YTD 2021 period included the early payment of the deferred consideration to Astor.
Cash flows from financing activities were negative 12.6 million in Q3 2022 (Q3 2021: negative 3.1 million) as a result of
debt repayments and the payment of the interim 2022 dividend. Cash flows from financing activities were positive 2.8
million in YTD 2022 (YTD 2021: positive 51.7 million). Unsecured debt facilities were drawn in YTD 2022 in order to finance
the 50 MW solar plant, while in YTD 2021, unsecured debt facilities were drawn to fund the payment of deferred
consideration to Astor.
Consolidated cash and cash equivalents were 107.6 million at Sept. 30, 2022 (31 December 2021: 107.5 million).
Net of current and non-current borrowings of 52.0 million, net cash was 55.6 million as at Sept. 30, 2022,
compared to 60.1 million as at 31 December 2021.
Inventories of concentrate valued at cost were 5.8 million at Sept. 30, 2022 (31 December 2021: 5.2 million). As
at Sept. 30, 2022, total working capital was 106.8 million, compared to 102.4 million as at 31 December 2021.
Electricity Market in Spain
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine continues to impact global energy markets, especially with respect to natural gas prices
in Europe, which caused the price of electricity in Spain to reach unprecedented levels of over 500/MWh in March 2022.
The governments of Spain and Portugal responded to the energy crisis by implementing a gas price cap, which took
effect in mid-June 2022. While the legislation had a positive impact on market electricity prices, it also introduced a new
mechanism whereby certain power consumers must make additional "adjustment" payments to compensate gas power
plants that are disadvantaged by the gas price cap. As a result, consumers like Atalaya have been subject to realised
electricity prices that are significantly higher than the observed spot market rates.
During Q3 2022, European gas prices increased to levels well beyond the previous peaks in March 2022, following the
curtailment of gas deliveries via Nord Stream 1 and then the indefinite curtailment of gas deliveries following the damage
to the Nord Stream pipelines in late September 2022. In addition, Spain experienced a historic heat wave in late August
2022, triggering high energy demand and electricity prices near the March 2022 peaks.
As a result, the Company's realised electricity price for Q3 2022 was around 290/MWh, the highest quarterly average so
far in 2022. Of this total, the market price component averaged around 150/MWh and the gas price "adjustment"
component accounted for the remainder. For reference, the Company's annual average electricity price for 2021 was
around 65/MWh. As previously disclosed, an increase in realised electricity prices of 100/MWh results in an increase to
the Company's annual operating costs of around 37 million.
Subsequent to the end of Q3 2022, expected realised electricity prices have decreased by around 40%, as a result of mild
weather and growing wind generation in Spain, lower industrial demand for electricity and gas in Europe and a growing
supply of LNG cargoes into Europe. Should these positive trends continue for the remainder of Q4 2022, the Company's
financial performance would benefit meaningfully from moderated electricity costs.
Electricity Procurement Strategy
Looking forward into 2023, the Company's cost structure is expected to benefit materially from the new long-term power
purchase agreement ("PPA") and start-up of Atalaya's 50 MW solar plant. Combined, the PPA and the 50 MW solar plant
will provide over 50% of the Company's electricity requirements at an average final cost of less than 40/MWh,
representing a reduction of almost 90% from the average realised electricity price of around 290/MWh in Q3 2022.
Compared to Q3 2022 average prices, the PPA and 50 MW solar plant would imply annual cost savings of around 50
Construction of the 50 MW solar plant is progressing, with the delivery of panels to site in the coming weeks and orders
in place for all critical equipment. Targeted start-up is mid-2023.
Atalaya continues to evaluate additional renewable power projects, including the installation of wind turbines at Riotinto
dedicated to self-consumption. In September 2022, an evaluation tower was installed to test the area's wind
characteristics and compare measurements to extensive historical ground level data. Based on preliminary
measurements, it is estimated that the wind turbines could potentially produce around 15% of current electricity needs.
Such initiatives would build on Atalaya's ongoing strategy to develop new sources of reliable, low cost and carbon-free
electricity for its operations.
Longer term, the Company is optimistic on the electricity market in Spain, which is a leading producer of renewable
energy in Europe. Since 2020, Spain has added over 6 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity and significant additions are
expected to come onstream in the next 6-12 months. As a result, electricity prices are expected to decrease in the coming
years, with the futures market indicating rates of 40-50/MWh by the end of the decade.
Outlook for 2022
As announced in the Company's Q3 2022 Operations Update, full year copper production guidance remains at 52,000 -
54,000 tonnes. The copper grade for Q4 2022 is expected to be higher than the average grade processed in YTD 2022.
The cost guidance ranges that were announced in the Company's Q2 and H1 2022 Financial Results are also unchanged.
Cash costs and AISC for 2022 are expected to be in the range of $2.95 - 3.25/lb copper payable and $3.25 - 3.45/lb copper
payable, respectively. Although input cost inflation remains high, realised electricity prices so far in Q4 2022 have
decreased meaningfully from the average price realised in Q3 2022, which was the highest quarterly average in YTD 2022.
Total capital expenditures for 2022 are expected to be consistent with the original guidance provided by the Company in
its 2021 Annual Results.
The Company's original exploration budget for 2022 was 10 million. As previously disclosed, equipment availability issues
and high temperatures during the summer have delayed drilling campaigns, and as a result, the Company now expects
2022 exploration spending to be less than 5 million.
Asset Portfolio Update
Atalaya continues to execute on its strategy of growing its resource base and production potential from assets located in
regions with modern infrastructure and long histories as mining districts.
Riotinto District - San Dionisio and San Antonio
The Company is advancing a preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") which will include the evaluation of a scenario
that combines Cerro Colorado reserves with higher grade material from San Dionisio, targeting an uplift to copper
production by increasing the blended head grade. The permitting process for San Dionisio is currently underway.
Subsequent to the end of the Period, a NI 43-101 Technical Report for Proyecto Riotinto, including the San Dionisio open
pit and the San Dionisio and San Antonio underground deposits, was filed on SEDAR in order to fulfil the Company's
reporting obligations in Canada.
Riotinto District - Proyecto Masa Valverde ("PMV")
Atalaya continues to advance its exploration program at PMV. At present, there are three drill rigs on site - the first is
devoted to resource definition at the Campanario Trend, the second is completing infill and step out drilling at the Masa
Valverde ("MV") deposit, while the third has commenced first drill testing of Fix Loop Electromagnetic ("FLEM") anomalies
at the Mojarra Trend, located 1km north and parallel to the Campanario Trend.
Initial drilling results from Campanario were announced in July 2022 and included shallow high grade intervals such as
18.10m at 1.19% Cu, 0.08% Zn, 0.32% Pb and 36.66 g/t Ag from 43.20m (hole CA21) and 35.20m at 0.70% Cu, 1.53% Zn, 1.39%
Pb and 62.50 g/t Ag from 77.80m (hole CA15).
Atalaya is currently progressing a PEA which will consider operating PMV as a satellite deposit by processing mined
material at Riotinto's 15 Mtpa plant. The permitting process for PMV is ongoing.
Atalaya remains fully committed to the development of the Touro copper project in Galicia, which could become a new
source of copper production for Europe. Running parallel with the permitting process, the Company is focused on
numerous initiatives related to securing the social license, including engaging with the many stakeholders in the region
in advance of its plans to submit a new improved project design. Positive and favourable feedback from numerous
meetings with municipalities, farmers and fishermen associations and other industries indicate meaningful support
towards the development of a new and modern mining project.
The Company is now operating a new water treatment plant at Touro, which is addressing the legacy issues associated
with acid water runoff from the historical mine, which closed in 1987. The construction of the treatment plant was
contemplated in the original project proposal, but Atalaya volunteered to fix the historical acid water issues prior to the
new Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") in order to demonstrate its operating philosophy and the benefits of
modern operating systems. The field work carried out by Atalaya has resulted in an immediate and visible improvement
of the water systems surrounding the project. Atalaya continues to be confident that its approach to Touro, which
includes fully plastic lined thickened tailings with zero discharge, is consistent with the international best practice and
will satisfy the most stringent environmental conditions that may be imposed by the authorities prior to the development
of the project.
Other Regional Exploration Activities
At Riotinto East, the Penas Blancas investigation permit was granted. Drill target definition is in progress and the first
drill testing of selected anomalies is expected by year end.
At Proyecto Ossa Morena, the first drilling campaign is now underway at the Hinchona copper-gold target, with four
holes having been completed. Drilling at the flagship Alconchel-Pallares copper-gold project is expected to commence
during Q4 2022.
E-LIX Phase I Plant
Construction of the E-LIX Phase I plant continues to advance, including the assembly of metal structures and the delivery
of equipment to site. As announced in the Q3 Operations Update, the Company expects the plant to be ready for
commissioning by Q1 2023.
Once operational, the E-LIX plant is expected to produce high purity copper and zinc metals on site, allowing the
Company to potentially achieve higher metal recoveries from complex ore, lower transportation and concentrate
treatment charges and a reduced carbon footprint.
About Atalaya Mining Plc
Atalaya is an AIM and TSX-listed mining and development group which produces copper concentrates and silver by-
product at its wholly owned Proyecto Riotinto site in southwest Spain. Atalaya's current operations include the Cerro
Colorado open pit mine and a modern 15 Mtpa processing plant, which has the potential to become a centralised
processing hub for ore sourced from its wholly owned regional projects around Riotinto that include Proyecto Masa
Valverde and Proyecto Riotinto East. In addition, the Group has a phased earn-in agreement for up to 80% ownership of
Proyecto Touro, a brownfield copper project in the northwest of Spain, as well as a 99.9% interest in Proyecto Ossa Morena.
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