New Millennium Iron Corp. (“NML” or the “Corporation”) (TSX:NML) announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.
The following review of the Company’s financial performance is based on the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2012, which have been filed on the SEDAR website at http://www.sedar.com/. The Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Progress continued in the fourth quarter on NML’s three major iron ore project initiatives, two of which are being carried out with strategic partner and shareholder Tata Steel Limited.
The Direct Shipping Ore Project (“DSO Project”) through a 20% ownership interest in Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd., operator of the Project: (1) Advancement of construction, coupled with commencement of stripping, initial mining, crushing and screening to produce saleable ore; (2) progress on rail and port logistics arrangements; (3) change in scope of operations to increase production capacity; and (3) Developer/Miner of the Year Award for 2012 from the Newfoundland Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; and subsequent to the quarter, (1) receipt of Quebec Certificate of Authorization for the Goodwood and Sunny 1 properties; and (2) positive, multi-faceted framework agreement with Labrador Iron Mine Holdings Limited on resource properties and rail and port logistics.
On NML’s Taconite Project, feasibility level work involving numerous design, engineering, technical and costing activities under a binding Heads-of-Agreement with Tata Steel advanced on the large LabMag and KéMag deposits: (1) Pilot plant testwork at Studien Gesellschaft für Eisenerz Aufbereitung in Germany and at Coleraine Mineral Research Laboratory in Minnesota, USA; (3) pellet plant design and engineering in collaboration with Outotech Oyj, Espoo, Finland; (4) market study in collaboration with World Steel Dynamics, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA; (5) market development for Taconite Project offtake; and (6) receipt of interim feasibility study report and extension of study period into 2013.
On NML’s third project, exploration drilling continued at other Millennium Iron Range taconite properties that are controlled by NML and which represent potential opportunities for additional strategic partnerships: Completion of extensive 2012 drilling program with focus on Perault Lake, Sheps Lake, Howells Lake and KéMag East properties, with results showing continuous and high quality mineralization from Perault Lake to KéMag; and, subsequent to the quarter, (1) extensive NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates for Sheps Lake and Perault Lake and filing of the related Technical Report; and (2) average drill core analysis and assay results for Howells River North and Howells Lake properties.
At the general NML corporate level the appointment of Mr. Rock Gagnon as Vice President, Process and Plant Engineering; and, subsequent to the quarter; (1) filing and approval to conduct a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange; and (2) the appointment of Newfoundland businesswoman Ms. Cathy Bennett as an independent director to the Board of Directors.
Other general activity of significance for NML during 2012 included (1) Investment in the Sept-Îles Port Authority’s new, deep water multi-user dock now under construction; and (2) participation in a feasibility study by Canadian National Railway Co. (“CN”) of new rail and terminal facilities to service the Labrador Trough; that subsequent to the quarter, was suspended by CN. NML re-confirmed its commitment to transportation of slurry concentrate through a ferroduct system for the Taconite Project.
The Company’s net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2012, is $2,187,000 ($0.1 per share) compared to a net income of $28,565,000 ($0.16 per share) for the comparative period in 2011. The most significant item in comparing the 2012 fourth quarter’s net loss to the income in the prior year’s comparative period is the gain on sale of the DSO Properties of $31,162,000 in 2011 for which there was no corresponding transaction in the current period. Other items occurring in the quarter were: service fee revenue of $155,000 (2011 – $1,709,000), general and administrative expenses of $2,572,000 (2011 – $4,566,000), investment income of $229,000 (2011 – $252,000), and other income of $2,000 (2011 – $8,000). The most significant components of the general and administrative expenses were: stock based compensation of $1,272,000 (2011 – $1,683,000), service fee expenses of $94,000 (2011 – $1,101,000), professional fees of $178,000 (2011 – $1,034,000), general and administrative expenses of $487,000 (2011 – $476,000), and market development expenses of $214,000 (2011 – $234,000). During the quarter, NML recorded $421,000 (2011 – $480,000) received from Tata Steel Global Minerals Holdings PTE Ltd. (“Tata Steel”) in relation to its option on the LabMag Project and KéMag Project as a reduction of general of administrative expenses on its statement of comprehensive income.
The Company’s working capital at December 31, 2012 is $63,039,000 (December 31, 2011 – $109,214,000).NML’s net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012, was $9,062,000 ($0.05 per share) compared to a net income of $21,136,000 ($0.12 per share) for the 2011 fiscal year. The most significant item in comparing the 2012 fiscal year’s net loss to the income for the prior year is the 2011 gain on sale of the DSO Properties of $31,162,000 for which there was no corresponding transaction in the current period. Other items occurring in the year were: service fee revenue of $740,000 (2011 – $1,709,000), general and administrative expenses of $10,903,000 (2011 – $13,188,000), investment income of $1,092,000 (2011 – $845,000) and other income of $8,000 (2011 – $608,000). The most significant components of the general and administrative expenses were: stock based compensation of $5,115,000 (2011 – $6,001,000), service fee expenses of $465,000 (2011 – $1,101,000), professional fees of $969,000 (2011 – $3,578,000), general and administrative expenses of $3,233,000 (2011 – $1,491,000), and market development expenses of $883,000 (2011 – $923,000). During the year, NML recorded $921,000 (2011 – $1,492,000) received from Tata Steel in relation to its option on the LabMag Project and KéMag Project as a reduction of general of administrative expenses on its statement of comprehensive income.
As at December 31, 2012, the Company’s mineral exploration and evaluation assets increased to $54,141,000 from $35,919,000 as of December 31, 2011, or by $18,222,000. The components of mineral properties at December 31, 2012, were: mineral licences of $2,796,000, drilling of $33,282,000, resource evaluation of $28,521,000, environmental of $15,461,000, and amortization of property and equipment of $102,000, net of tax credits and mining duties of $11,480,000 and the Tata Steel payments of $14,541,000.
About New Millennium
The Corporation controls the emerging Millennium Iron Range, located in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Province of Quebec, which holds one of the world’s largest undeveloped magnetic iron ore deposits. In the same area, the Corporation and Tata Steel Limited, one of the largest steel producers in the world, are advancing a DSO Project to near term production. Tata Steel Limited owns approximately 26.3% of New Millennium and is the Corporation’s largest shareholder and strategic partner.
Tata Steel exercised its exclusive option to participate in the DSO Project and has a commitment to take the resulting production (see news release 10-16 dated September 14, 2010). The DSO Project is owned and operated by TSMC, which in turn is 80% owned by Tata Steel and 20% owned by NML. The DSO Project contains 64.1 million tonnes of Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves at an average grade of 58.8% Fe, 21.0 million tonnes of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources at an average grade of 59.2% Fe, 10.3 million tonnes of Inferred Resources at an average grade of 58.3% Fe and about 25.0 – 30.0 million tonnes of historical resources that are not currently in compliance with NI 43-101 (see news release 09-03 dated February 11, 2009, news release 09-05 dated March 4, 2009, news release 09-16 dated December 9, 2009, news release 10-12 dated July 8, 2010 and news release 12-14, dated May 31, 2012). A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves, the Corporation is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves and the historical estimate should not be relied upon.
The Millennium Iron Range currently hosts two advanced projects: LabMag contains 3.5 billion tonnes of Proven and Probable reserves at a grade of 29.6% Fe plus 1.0 billion tonnes of Measured and Indicated resources at an average grade of 29.5% Fe and 1.2 billion tonnes of Inferred resources at an average grade of 29.3% Fe (see news release 06-13 dated July 5, 2006 and news release 07-11 dated July 17, 2007); KéMag contains 2.1 billion tonnes of Proven and Probable reserves at an average grade of 31.3% Fe, 0.3 billion tonnes of Measured and Indicated resources at an average grade of 31.3 % Fe and 1.0 billion tonnes of Inferred resources at an average grade of 31.2% Fe (see news release 09-01 dated January 16, 2009). Tata Steel also exercised its exclusive right to negotiate and settle a proposed transaction in respect of the LabMag Project and the KéMag Project (see news release 11-09 dated March 6, 2011).
The Millennium Iron Range now hosts other taconite deposits. The first is the Lac Ritchie property located at the north end of the Range. The initial 2011 drilling of 40 holes in this property revealed Indicated Resources of 3.330 billion tonnes at an average grade of 30.3% Fe, and Inferred Resources of 1.437 billion tonnes at an average grade of 30.9% Fe (see news release NR 12-11, dated April 02, 2012). Two other taconite deposits are located south of the LabMag deposit in the Millennium Iron Range. The initial 2012 drilling of 23 holes in the Sheps Lake property and of 50 holes in the Perault Lake property revealed Indicated Resources of 3.580 billion tonnes at an average grade of 31.22%, and Inferred Resources of 795 million tonnes at an average grade of 30.56% (see news release NR 13-04, dated February 11, 2013). The Corporation’s mission is to add shareholder value through the responsible and expeditious development of the Millennium Iron Range and other mineral projects to create a new large source of raw materials for the world’s iron and steel industries.
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Dean Journeaux, Eng., and Thiagarajan Balakrishnan, P. Geo., are the Qualified Persons as defined in National Instrument 43-101 who have reviewed and verified the scientific and technical mining disclosure contained in this news release.
This document may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and the Corporation does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect management of the Corporation’s expectations or beliefs regarding future events and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims and limitations on insurance coverage. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative of these terms or comparable terminology.
By their very nature forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to actual results of current exploration activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of resources; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities; as well as those factors detailed from time to time in the Corporation’s interim and annual financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis of those statements, all of which are filed and available for review on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com/. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements.
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New Millennium Iron Corp.