By some estimates, Australia’s pure iron ore miners have lost $10 billion in market value this year as the spot iron ore price has tumbled 45% to just over $US75 a tonne (in fact a year ago it was over $US130 a tonne).
Mt Gibson is transitioning from drawing on lower grade stockpiles to higher grade Iron Hill ore but the transition has affected lower sales in the June Q, with shipment delays also impacting. Low grade price discounting is continuing to have a significant impact, the broker notes.
The company has terminated a second offtake agreement for Iron Hill but still expects to be able to sell into the spot market. The termination is based on a failure to comply with a fundamental part of the agreement on behalf of the purchaser.
The board has approved the restart of the Koolan Island mine and when everything is paid for the company should still be left with some $300m in cash for which no strategy has been declared as yet, the analysts report.