PHILEX MINING GEARS UP FOR EXPANSION, SIGNIFIES INTEREST IN MACAWIWILI
by Philippine Resources - January 30, 2023
In photo at the signing of the term sheet between PMC and MGMDCI were: (seated, left to right) Felicisimo A. Feria, Jose Ma. S. Lopez, and Michael L. Escaler, all representing MGMDCI; Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philex Chairman; and Eulalio B. Austin Jr., Philex President and CEO; (standing, left to right) Atty. Katrina Janine Sta. Ana, Associate, Migallos & Luna Law Offices; Atty. Bryan George Manzano, Associate, Migallos & Luna Law Offices; Atty. Michelle Carisse Balois, Partner, Feria Tantoco Daos Law Offices; Atty. Daneia Isabelle Palad, Partner, Migallos & Luna Law Offices; Atty. Winston Cruz, Vice-President and General Counsel, Philex Mining Corporation; Romeo B. Bachoco, Senior Vice-President and Chief Finance Officer, Philex Mining Corporation; Atty. Marilyn A. Victorio-Aquino, Director, Philex Mining Corporation; Atty. Barbara Anne C. Migallos, Director and Corporate Secretary, Philex Mining Corporation and Partner, Migallos & Luna Law Offices; Atty. Raymond Francis Jamora, Associate, Feria Tantoco Daos Law Offices; and Atty. Michael John Tantoco, Jr., Associate, Feria Tantoco Daos Law Offices. (PMC photo)
Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest copper and gold producers in Southeast Asia, recently set into motion its plans for expansion with the signing of a Term Sheet with Macawiwili Gold Mining and Development Co., Inc. (“MGMDCI”) in simple ceremonies in Makati City.
Macawiwili Gold Mining and Development Co., Inc. is a 90-year old company engaged in mineral exploration and production in Itogon, Benguet. With over 800 hectares of contract area under its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement, the Company has been exploring various mineral deposits, including gold and copper, for several decades.
The Term Sheet outlines the parties’ clear intentions to explore commercial, financial, and technical avenues in preparation for possible shares acquisition by the Company in MGMDCI. Activities to kick off this partnership will include conduct of due diligence and scout drilling activities on the property of MGMDCI covered by Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) in Itogon, Benguet Province., located adjacent to the existing Padcal Mine of the Company.
Signing the Term Sheet on behalf of the Company were Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman, and Eulalio B. Austin Jr., President and CEO; while representing the shareholders of MGMDCI were Michael G. Escaler, Jose Ma. S. Lopez, and Felicisimo A. Feria. The signing was also witnessed by directors and officers of the Company as well as counsel for both parties.
“Our interest to pursue investments in the Macawiwili property” according to Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., President and CEO, “is part of our business direction for this year to broaden interest in ‘green metals’ through mergers and acquisitions.”
“We need to hit the ground with this at the soonest possible time,” Austin adds, “considering that this property is adjacent to our Padcal mine and would go a long way in fulfilling company plans for expansion and extension of the life-of-mine of Padcal.
“This is a good addition or extension to the Padcal Mine,” according to Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philex Chairman. “I hope that this is the start of something good and that it would ride the wave of higher metal prices in gold and copper.”
Pangilinan emphasized that “any addition, expansion, or extension to the Padcal Mine would greatly benefit not just our employees and their families, but also our host and neighboring communities, and our nation as a whole.”
Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange
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Philippine Resources - August 02, 2021
Philex Delivers PHP1.149B Core Net Income in 1H2021, An Increase of 186% Compared with 1H2020
Photo Credit: Redjie Melvic Cawis Philex Mining Corporation announced that the Company achieved another new high in its revenues and core net income for 2Q2021. Philex recorded a Core Net Income of Php610 million for the 2nd quarter. In addition to the Php540 million core net income it already recorded in 1Q2021, Philex registered a new high core net income for the first half of the year at Php1.149 billion. Satisfactory execution of the mining plan resulted in sustained level of metal output, and optimum operating cost and expenses delivered the higher core net income for the quarter and year-todate ended June 30, 2021. The Company reported a Net Income of Php600 million for 2Q2021 versus the reported Net Income of Php322 million for the same period in 2020, an 86% increase. Production and Revenues The Company milled slightly lower tonnage than the first quarter of 2021 resulting in slightly lower copper output for 2Q2021. Despite the slightly lower copper output, the Company generated higher revenues for 2Q2021 at Php2.377 billion, higher by 21% over the same period in 2020. This brings 1H2021 revenues to Php4.747 billion, ahead by 29% over the same period in 2020, with revenues only at Php3.680 billion. The higher revenues are due mainly to the sustained higher realized metal prices for both Gold and Copper at $1,807 per ounce and $4.21 per pound, respectively. The satisfactory execution of the mining plan and mill operations resulted in the production of 13,612 ounces of Gold and 6.435 million pounds of Copper for 2Q2021, bringing the 1H2021 total metal output at 27,025 ounces of Gold and 13.205 million pounds of Copper. Operating Costs and Expenses Core and Net Income Operating costs and expenses for 2Q2021 at Php1.593 billion are higher than those of 2Q2020 at Php1.552 billion due to slightly higher production expenses and higher excise taxes and royalties attributable to higher revenues. The slight increase was tempered by lower non-cash production costs in 2Q2021 amounting to Php271 million compared with non-cash production costs in 2Q2020 amounting to Php330 million. This brings the 1H2021 operating costs and expenses to P3.240 billion, higher by Php136 million compared with 1H2020. The increase is attributable to increasing production cost brought about by the effects of the pandemic to the supply chain, including logistics and Covid-19 response undertaken by the Company. Reported Net Income for 2Q2021 increased by 86% to Php600 million from Php322 million in 2Q2020 This brings the Company’s 1H2021 reported Net Income to Php1.159 billion from Php425 million of 1H2020. Core Net Income for 2Q2021 reached Php610 million to close the 1H2021 Core Net Income at Php1.149 billion, higher by 186% versus the Core Net Income of Php402 million in 1H2020. The Company generated EBITDA of Php1.016 billion for the 2Q2021 versus Php708 million in 2Q2020, a 44% increase. This brings the 1H2021 EBITDA to Php2.027 billion versus Php1.127 billion in 1H2020, an increase of 80% COVID 2019 Despite our strict implementation of the IATF-DOH mandated health protocols, the Company was not spared by the spread of the Covid19 virus. Several employees and their dependents were infected by the virus but the infection was immediately contained, preventing widespread transmission, and ensuring the continued operation of both the mine and mill plant. The Company adopted and implemented regular surveillance and contact tracing activities to further strengthen its defense against any transmission to its employees and their dependents. Silangan Project The Board of Directors of Philex has approved the In-Phase development of Silangan and the Company will be appointing a financial advisor to assist in the fund raising that will commence as soon as practicable. With the In-Phase development of Silangan, the capital expenditure requirement will be made in stages, and can be funded from a variety of potential resources including internally-generated cash and potentially through equity and debt from investors and creditors. The Company is confident that Silangan development will start by Q22022 with the target of commencing commercial operations in January 2025. “We will be working with our financial advisor to immediately implement the fund raising activity for the InPhase development of Silangan. We believe that the recent government pronouncements related to the mining industry will increase the level of interest and confidence of investors and lenders to mining companies. The launch of Silangan will be very timely.”, emphasized Eulalio B Austin, Jr, Philex President and CEO. “The global outlook for metal prices continue to be positive and Philex is poised to benefit as we emphasize on excellent execution of plans in light of the current volatile environment brought about by this pandemic. In the next couple of months, we set to launch our Silangan Project under an In-Phase Development approach. Silangan will be an exciting project for Philex.”, concluded Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philex Chairman. Article Courtesy of The Philippine Stock Exchange
Philippine Resources - October 31, 2021
Philex core net income jumps 116% to Php1.865 billion in three quarters
Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, production and favorable metal prices for gold and copper have been sustained since 1Q2021. As a result, the Management and the Board of Directors of Philex Mining Corporation recently announced that the Company generated another quarter of positive results. Philex recorded a Core Net Income of Php716 million for the quarter, higher by 55% than the same period in 3Q2020, mainly due to higher copper prices, favorable foreign exchange rates and managed operating expenses. The 3Q2021 Core Net Income of Php716 million rides on the positive and upward profit trend from the Php540 million achieved in 1Q2021 and the Php610 million posted in 2Q2021. This brings the 9M2021 core net income to Php1.865 billion, higher by 116% over the same period of 9M2020, attributable to favorable metal prices, sustained metal output and efficient deployment of operating costs and expenses. On the other hand, 3Q2021 EBITDA at Php1.168 billion continue to maintain the positive trend during the first two quarters EBITDA of Php2.027 billion, to top up 9M2021 EBITDA to Php3.194 billion, a 57% rise from the same period 9M2020. Reported net income for 3Q2021 is Php721 million, a 46% increase over the same period 3Q2020, while 9M2021 Reported net income reached Php1.880 billion, a 105% increase from 9M2020. Production and Revenues The Company generated higher tonnage in the third quarter of the year. For 3Q2021, total tonnage milled was at 2.006 million tonnes slightly higher compared to 1.985 million tonnes in 3Q2020 and 1.943 million tonnes of 2Q2021. Philex produced slightly lower gold output at 14,270 ounces in 3Q2021 when compared to 3Q2020 due to lower gold grades while the slightly higher copper grades produced higher copper output at 6.54 million pounds, which mitigated the impact to the total revenues. The Company was able to maintain a positive trend in metal output since 1Q2021 for both gold and copper mainly due to the resilient execution of the mining plan that resulted to better blended metal grades and sustained level of metal output. The favorable prices for both gold and copper attributed to the higher revenues for 3Q2021 at Php2.656 billion, a 13% increase over the revenues of the same period of 3Q2020 at Php2.350 billion. The favorable foreign exchange rate contributed to higher revenues in 3Q2021. For the 9M2021 period, revenues at Php7.742 billion was higher by 22% from revenues of 9M2020 at Php6.332 billion. This is attributable to the significant increase in the realized price of copper since 3Q2020 resulting into a higher contribution of revenues from copper at 52% of total revenues for 9M2021 from 40% of total revenues for 9M2020. On the other hand, revenues contribution from gold declined from 59% in 9M2020 to 47% in 9M2021 mainly due to the slightly lower gold output, from 43,136 ounces in 9M2020 to 41,295 ounces in 9M2021. Operating Costs and Expenses The Company’s operating cost and expenses for 3Q2021 stood at Php1.603 billion, higher than 3Q2020 of Php1.582 billion. The slight increase is consistent with the slightly higher tonnage milled in 3Q2021 versus 3Q2020. Materials and supplies usage at Php454 million accounting for 28% of operating cost remained almost the same level. Power costs, accounting for 18% of operating cost, was higher at Php290 million, an of 7% when compared to 3Q2020. Overall, the Company continue to manage operating cost efficiently. For the 9M2021, operating cost inched up by 3% to Php4.843 billion from Php4.686 billion in 9M2020 as a result of higher power and labor costs from higher tonnage milled, and higher excise taxes attributed to the higher total revenues. For the nine months period ended September 30,2021, the Company recorded its share in the net losses of its associates amounting to Php510 million, inclusive of the Company’s share in the PXP Energy Corporation provision for impairment of assets and goodwill related to Peru block Z-38, net of proceeds from the settlement agreement with third party. As a result of the extension of the Padcal mine life from December 31,2022 to December 31,2024, the Company recognized a net reversal of the previously recorded impairment provision in its mining assets amounting to Php374 million. Positive outlook and extension of Padcal life of mine By itself, 3Q2021 ushered in a more stable and continuing positive outlook for the mining industry, brought about by significant developments in the previous quarter. In April 14, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued Executive Order No. 130 which amended Section 4 of Executive Order No. 79 and lifted the moratorium on mineral agreements that had been existing for the past 9 years. This will pave the way for the development of stalled mining projects, leading to renewed investor’s interest in our Silangan Project. The Company is currently exploring options on viable financial packages that would bankroll a phased development approach (In Phase Development) of Silangan. The extended Life of Mine from December, 2022 to December, 2024 will ensure the continuous employment of 1,831 Padcal employees and support the social development of the Host Local Government Units (LGU) and neighboring communities especially in this time of COVID- 19 Pandemic. It will also give more time for the Company to bring the Silangan Project to development and commissioning stages. “In response to this global trend of strong demand and strong metal prices, as well as responding to the Government challenge for the revitalization of the mining industry, Philex will keep improving on how we do things and undertake innovative initiatives related to the promotion of right and principled mining,” according to Eulalio B. Austin Jr., President and CEO. “The pursuit for excellence is a continuous journey and we have to keep raising the bar.” “With higher metal prices and a better economic outlook for the mining industry moving forward, we can maintain the momentum of last year’s exemplary performance into this year, notwithstanding the pandemic and the challenges we have faced in our operations,” concluded M.V. Pangilinan, Chairman. “Time and again, the women and men of Philex have proven their resilience during tough times. With the extension of Padcal mine life for another two years, the prospect of a viable financial package for our Silangan project, and the rollout of our vaccination program for our employees and their dependents, it looks like the full year 2021 will produce excellent results for your Company.” Article courtesy of the Philippine Stock Exchange
Philippine Resources - June 30, 2021
Philex Mining Extend Padcal Mine Life to 2024
Philex Mining Corporation, one of the oldest and largest gold and copper producers in Southeast Asia, has, after the completion of confirmatory drilling and related technical studies on the mining methodology and Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) No. 3, successfully identified from the end of 2022 additional mineable reserves in its Padcal Mine that are feasible for mining. The updated remaining mineable reserves as of end March 2021 are estimated at 30.2 Million tonnes with average gold and copper grades of 0.23 grams per tonne (g/t) and 0.18%, respectively. This new estimate includes additional reserves of 16.2 Million tonnes from the previously declared estimated mineable reserves as at end 2020 of 17.4 Million tonnes with an average gold and copper grades of 0.27 g/t and 0.18% that was reported in February 2021. The additional mineable reserves are expected to be mined over two years, extending the life of Padcal Mine until December 31, 2024. The latest mineable reserves estimate was undertaken by Engineer Ricardo S. Dolipas II, an accredited Competent Person by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) under the Philippine Mineral Reporting Code (PMRC) Guidelines. More importantly, the extended Life of Mine will ensure the continuous employment of 1,831 Padcal employees and support the social development of the Host Local Government Units (LGU) and neighboring communities especially in this time of COVID 19 Pandemic. It will also give more time for the Company to bring the Silangan Project to development and commissioning stages. The Company is currently processing all required permits and other regulatory requirements in connection with this impending Life of Mine extension.
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Philippine Resources - March 23, 2023
20 Years of Integral: Celebrating Growth and Transformation
Integral, a purveyor of market-leading process control solutions in the Philippines, celebrates its 20th anniversary this 2023. The event, held in EDSA Shangri-La, was attended by the company’s employees, clients, and supply chain partners. The celebration was a showcase of Integral’s history. But more importantly, it highlighted lessons the company learned as keys to success over the past two decades. As told from the perspective of the founders and employees, the event delivered a playful yet heart-warming glimpse into Integral's journey.
Philippine Resources - March 23, 2023
PH, Australia partner for technical cooperation for PPP
Photo: Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu PSM. Credit: AusAmbPH Twitter Page As the Marcos administration becomes bullish in utilizing a public-private partnership (PPP) model in infrastructure projects, the Australian government will be providing its technical expertise in rolling out infrastructure projects under the PPP. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu PSM told the Philippine News Agency in an interview at her residence Wednesday that the embassy will be launching the Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) on March 24. “Infrastructure is a big area that the Philippines is focusing on, and I know President (Ferdinand R.) Marcos (Jr.) has announced that he wants to utilize PPP more where it’s possible. So we are working closely with the Philippine government to share with them how Australia has done it,” Yu said. P4I is an Australian government initiative that brings together experts from the public and private sectors as well as the academe to help Philippine government agencies involved in infrastructure development in the preparation stage of projects that would be under a PPP model. “We can help them with all the project preparation stage. How you do actual cost-benefit analysis of potential projects, and then how you prepare documents for possible procurement, tender processes, and things like that,” the envoy cited. She said that aside from the PPP Center, the P4I also aims to closely work with other agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Finance, and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), among others. Yu added that the Australian government will be closely working with the administration through the P4I in meeting its diverse infrastructure requirements, including roads, transport, energy, and public investment management. The Australian envoy said a number of Australian companies have been involved in infrastructure projects in the country. Early this month, NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan announced that the NEDA Board approved PHP9 trillion worth of flagship infrastructure projects, with 45 of these projects possibly being funded through PPPs. “The government shall harness the financial and technical resources of the private sector, which allows the public sector to allocate its funds for greater investment in human capital development, especially to address the scarring in health and education due to the pandemic, and provided targeted assistance that protects vulnerable sectors from economic shocks,” Balisacan had said. By Kris Crismundo Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
Philippine Resources - March 21, 2023
PBBM boosts transport sector thru big-ticket projects
Photo credit: Department of Transportation Several big-ticket infrastructure projects in the transportation sector have been approved or are already being implemented by the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported Monday. In a statement, the DOTr said the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Project, Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, EDSA Greenways, the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) West Extension, and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension are all ongoing as of March 9 according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). These projects are among the 67 infrastructure flagship projects (IFP) that have been greenlit or are already underway out of the 194 high-impact projects under Marcos’ "Build Better More" program. In the rail sector, these approved and ongoing projects include the Metro Manila Subway Phase 1, Mindanao Rail Phase 1, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) rehabilitation, Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4), Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), New Cebu International Container Port, New Manila International Airport (Bulacan International Airport), North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul, and the Subic Clark Railway. The New Dumaguete Airport Development Project (Bacong International Airport) and the Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation (InFRA) Phase 1 have also both been approved by NEDA, with six projects awaiting approval. Last week, the NEDA Board, led by Marcos, approved 194 high-impact priority projects with a total cost of around PHP9 trillion. The board also approved amendments to the 2013 Joint Venture guidelines to support the government’s push for more investments in the country’s infrastructure. PNR suspension Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda has expressed alarm over an impending suspension of select PNR routes due to the NSCR, saying it will affect thousands of commuters, mostly students and workers. “The welfare of the riding public should always be prioritized yet it remains to be seen whether such proposed solutions would effectively and sufficiently address the riding public's urgent demands in time for the imminent suspension of the operations of the PNR,“ Legarda said in her explanatory note on Senate Resolution No. 546. The PNR plans to suspend operations of certain routes for up to five years to facilitate the faster construction of the 55-kilometer NSCR. The construction will start in May and PNR may suspend the routes between Governor Pascual in Malabon City and Calamba City in Laguna, and well as Alabang, Muntinlupa City to Calamba. The Tutuban, Manila-Alabang route will be suspended in October and will affect between 20,000 and 25-000 passengers daily. Legarda urged the Committee on Public Order, chaired by Senator Grace Poe, to look into the impending suspension and come up with alternative solutions. Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
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