May 11, 2018
Trading Symbol: ELR (TSX); EPS (JSE)
EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED REPORTS Q1 2018 RESULTS
May 11, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia – Eastern Platinum Limited (“Eastplats” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that it has filed its Q1-2018 condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the three month period ended March 31, 2018. Below is a summary of the Company’s financial results and highlights for Q1 2018 (all amounts in USD, except as indicated in South African Rand (“ZAR”)):
- cash inflow of $3.6 million (ZAR 42.2 million) as an upfront payment from Union Goal Offshore Solution
Limited (“Union Goal”) in accordance with the UG Agreement (as defined herein) (See March 5, 2018 press
- cash and short-term investments of $21.3 million and working capital of $25.6 million at March 31, 2018
available for completion of the Retreatment Project (as defined herein) and other 2018 operations;
- capitalized and expended $29.5 million on the Chrome Circuit (as defined herein) and related construction
activities to further the Retreatment Project (as defined herein) during Q1 2018;
- net loss of $1.2 million (loss of $0.01 per share) compared with $2.5 million (loss of $0.02 per share) in the
same period of 2017, an improvement of 52%; and
- net operating cash flows used during the quarter was $1.4 million compared with $2.3 million in the same
period of 2017, an improvement of 39%.
Construction of the Retreatment Project
As previously disclosed, on March 1, 2018, the Company and its subsidiary Barplats Mines (Pty) Limited (“Barplats”) entered into a framework agreement (the “UG Agreement”) with Union Goal relating to construction, mining and processing of the tailings resource and offtake of chrome concentrate from Barplats’ tailings facility (the “Retreatment Project”) located at the Company’s Crocodile River Mine in South Africa (“CRM”). Construction of the Retreatment Project is well underway with the significant components of the chrome processing circuit already imported and at site. Construction teams are well advanced with the civil construction to build the structures for the chrome processing circuit. Work is progressing well at the tailings facility to relocate and move the ore for initial production all within the existing facility. The Company has completed a cost to complete exercise, after contracting almost 80% of Phase 1, and updated the estimated capital requirements for Barplats related to the Retreatment Project at ZAR 191.2 million ($16 million) which is a 16.6% increase over the initial estimate. The schedule remains on track
and the Company is targeting Q3 for commissioning with revenue expected in the fall of 2018.
Operating Highlights and Outlook
Construction of the Retreatment Project has been the primary focus of Eastplats since the UG Agreement was signed. Appropriate resources have been authorized and allocated and management is very pleased with the progress and remains optimistic of delivery on the agreed construction timetable for the chrome operations with the expectation of revenue-producing operations during Q3 2018. The Company anticipates that its updated Platinum Group Metals (“PGM’s”) feasibility studies on its tailings resource at CRM will be completed during the next few months.
For further information, please contact:
EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED
Rowland Wallenius, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
(604) 800-8200 (phone)
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