Chinese language financial restoration helps Kumba to file earnings

It was the 12 months of Covid, but additionally of China’s outstanding financial restoration.

The nation brushed apart the consequences of the pandemic within the second half of 2020 to file 6% progress in metal manufacturing over the earlier 12 months. Chinese language infrastructure funding declined 20% within the first quarter of 2020, then swung again to register practically 1% year-on-year progress.

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This labored to Kumba Iron Ore’s benefit, pushing common realised costs for the 12 months to $115 a ton.

The common value of iron ore fines delivered into Chinese language ports ended 2020 17% increased than the earlier 12 months attributable to surging demand, helped by authorities stimulus packages to revive the economyand provide disruptions in key provider economies, notably Brazil, SA, Canada, Chile and Peru.

Kumba was in a position to command a barely increased than common market value because of the high quality of product it provides, the results of a deliberate programme specializing in increased worth iron ore.

Complete tonnage mined decreased by 14% to 256Mt from 297Mt the earlier 12 months, primarily attributable to Covid and weather-related disruptions, in addition to tools reliability and availability.

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Greater iron ore costs and a weaker rand translated to a file Ebitda (earnings earlier than curiosity, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of R45.eight billion and free money circulate of R20.7 billion for the 2020 monetary 12 months.

“Our Ebitda margin rose to 57%, up from 52% in 2019 as we tailored our worth chain and capitalised on our prime quality iron ore merchandise. Along with the strengthening value, this allowed us to attain a 19% increased common realised FOB [free-on-board] export value,” stated Kumba CEO Themba Mkhwanazi at a results presentation on Tuesday.

Margins have been additional boosted by price self-discipline leading to financial savings of R1.three billion, together with R613 million of Covid-related financial savings.


Kumba additionally introduced a R3.6 billion funding to increase the lifetime of its Sishen operation within the Northern Cape to 2040, utilizing superior ultra-high dense media separation (UHDMS) expertise to optimise output. This expertise permits Kumba to supply prime quality iron ore from low grade materials containing iron ore of between 40% and 48%.

Final 12 months Kumba and Anglo American gave the go-ahead for the Kapstevel South mine at Kolomela, which it’s estimated will price R7 billion and yield an inner after-tax charge of return of about 25%.

Mkhwanazi says the corporate is continuous with its exploration programme within the Northern Cape to additional develop its useful resource pipeline.

Complete capex for 2021 is anticipated to be round R11 billion, which incorporates the deferral of non-critical capital spending from 2020. Barely lower than half of it will go to the event of the Kapstevel South pit, and the UHDMS challenge to recuperate low grade materials.

Key figures

  • Income of R80.1 billion, up 24.6% on 2019
  • Working bills up 10.7% to R39.1 billion
  • Attributable free money circulate of R20.7 billion, up by 21%
  • Return on Capital Employed of 109%, up from 83%
  • Remaining money dividend of R41.30 per share, giving a complete money dividend of R60.90 per share
  • Common realised FOB export value of $115/tonne
  • Value financial savings of R1.three billion, conserving C1 prices at US$31/t
  • Ebitda margin of 57%, up from 52%
  • Sishen life extension potential to 2039 with R3.6 billion UHDMS challenge accredited in February 2021.

Supply: Kumba 2020 annual outcomes