Jubilee Metals Group interim period has been one of the most significant to date

Jubilee Metals Group plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc (LON:JLP), the AIM and Altx traded metals processing company, has provided its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2021. The results follow the operational update released on 8 February 2022. The period under review marks a period of significant investment, with of £ 35 million (ZAR 750 million) having been invested into both the South African and Zambian operations as the Company lays the foundation for sustained growth in South Africa while rapidly nearing the completion of its Southern Copper Refining Strategy in Zambia, targeted to deliver more than 10 000 tonnes of copper per annum.

The period review included the completion of the construction of the Company’s now fully integrated, world-class, Inyoni chrome and PGM facility in South Africa during November 2021 and ramping up of the upgraded facility to reach full production during December 2021. In addition, the Group continued to further deliver on its Southern Copper Refining Strategy in Zambia with increased interim copper production and the new Roan copper concentrator entering its commissioning phase post the period under review, expected to fully ramp up its production during May 2022.

H2 CY2021 results are compared with the period for the six months ended 31 December 2020 (“H2 CY2020”). All amounts in this announcement are converted at average conversion rates for the period for income statement purposes and at the period end spot rate for balance sheet purposes, unless stated otherwise.

Highlights

Period under review

·    Major milestone reached as Jubilee completed its fully integrated, world-class, Inyoni chrome and PGM facility in South Africa (“Inyoni Facility”) in November 2021 and ramping back up to full production during December 2021

·    The new integrated Inyoni Facility further increases the Company’s access to chrome processing capacity, to approximately 3 million tonnes annually, making Jubilee one of the world’s largest chrome processors in operation. It also increases the Inyoni PGM production potential capacity to the equivalent of 44 000 PGM ounces per annum, offsetting any short-term production loss linked to the construction phase during the period, with the potential of sustained long-term growth

·    The proportion of PGM ounces now produced that are fully attributable to Jubilee Metals has significantly increased compared with the considerable dilution of earnings caused historically by the Windsor PGM JV, where 40% of earnings was attributable to the JV partner

·    A period of substantial investment for the future with a total of £ 35 million invested (ZAR 750 million); of which, £ 20.5 million (ZAR 442 million) was invested in the expansion of Jubilee’s Inyoni chrome and PGM facility in South Africa and a further £ 14.5 million (ZAR 311 million) invested in Jubilee’s copper projects in Zambia, more specifically Project Roan, signals the implementation of the fully integrated Southern Copper Refining Strategy

·    Group revenue up 18% to £ 63 million (ZAR 1.3 billion) driven mainly by the sharp growth in chrome processing capacity that is the facilitator for the increased production of the PGM rich feed stream for the expanded Inyoni Facility

·    Despite the significant investment to sustain growth, the Company strengthened its working capital position; cash and cash equivalents increased to £21.5 million (ZAR 462 million) (30 June 2021: £ 20 million (ZAR 389 million)), with short term assets covering a healthy 199% of short-term liabilities

·    The Group’s balance sheet continued to strengthen substantially, with total assets increasing by 30% to £ 253 million (ZAR 5.4 billion) (30 June 2021: £ 195 million (ZAR 3.9 billion))

·    Total equity increased by 34% to £ 184 million (ZAR 4 billion), (30 June 2021: £ 137 million (ZAR 2.7 billion)), maintaining a strong equity ratio of 73% compared with 70% as at 30 June 2021

·    The Group’s gearing remains low, with the net cash position and current assets covering 154% of total liabilities compared with 147% as at 30 June 2021. Post the period under review, these parameters strengthened even further 

Post the period under review

·    Southern Copper Refining Strategy continues to deliver with increased interim copper production and Project Roan entering its commissioning phase targeting to complete the operational ramp up during May 2022

·    Settled entire long-term historical debt balance leaving the balance sheet completely long-term debt free and paving the way for Jubilee to leverage its balance sheet for structured debt funding on significantly better terms of its Northern Zambian Copper Strategy which is set to more than double its copper production and introduce and materially expand cobalt production

·    Group safety performance maintained with LTIFR equalling 0.323 for the period and zero group fatalities recorded

·    The Northern Copper Refining Strategy is currently targeting an additional 15 000 tonnes of copper per annum, but also holds the potential to substantially increase this target on the back of Jubilee’s recognised brand of process excellence in the recovery of metals from waste and the vast opportunities offered in waste recovery in Zambia

Leon Coetzer, CEO of Jubilee, commented: “The first half of the financial year saw the Group ramp-up our investment into both our South African and Zambian operations.

“In South Africa we completed the new fully integrated Inyoni chrome and PGM operations to deliver not only a facility able to process a variety of sourced feed materials, fully attributable to us, but also reducing Jubilee’s reliance on its Windsor JV agreement to produce its declared PGM ounces. The transformed Inyoni Facility is a state-of-the-art plant that is uniquely able to process a wide variety of chrome and PGM containing ores. It means that we are now able to enter into contracts with multiple suppliers of feedstock, from tailings to mine production, and process it all through the same facility while also making us a very significant player in the chrome market. This in turn reduces the risks associated with a single major contract, but also allows us to pursue lucrative opportunities that we were not able to before. Most importantly, this facility makes Jubilee a very efficient metal production company globally, including benefits from elements like water usage, to higher efficiency of grinding, far outperforming conventional mining on a number of metrics.

“The benefits from the completion of our Inyoni Facility have been seen already and the second half of the financial year has started strongly with monthly production levels being reflective of the new facility as it reaches full design capacity.

“In Zambia, Project Roan’s integrated copper concentrator nears completion with early commissioning activities underway at the time of writing and the ramp-up of production set to commence during May. The Roan concentrator will have the ability to produce an additional 10 000 tonnes of copper units annually which will be refined at the Sable Refinery, delivering the fully integrated Southern Copper Refining Strategy as we move our project focus to the Northern Refining Strategy.

“Project Lechwe, which forms the first link in the integrated Northern Refining Strategy, is the Company’s second planned copper processing facility in Zambia and final pilot runs are under way to confirm the design work. Project Lechwe targets to reach the production of 7 500 copper units per annum by the second quarter of calendar 2023.  The Northern Refining Strategy currently targets the production of an additional 15 000 tonnes of copper but offers the potential to be significantly expanded based on the sheer size of opportunities offered in copper and cobalt recovery from waste in Zambia.  Jubilee’s recognised brand in process excellence together with its in-country track record, places the Company in a commanding position to capitalise on these opportunities.

“Given these successes, in December we were also able to reveal plans for the roll-out of a global expansion strategy going into 2022. In developing this global strategy, Jubilee will seek to leverage the unique and proven intellectual capital it has developed over the past 10 years and from which it has already created two successful metal recovery businesses, to deploy its metal processing expertise in other jurisdictions and grow internationally.

“With our strong balance sheet, including a healthy cash position, able to facilitate our growth, I firmly believe that our ability to process ore from multiple sources through a single, centralised processing unit, while at the same time cleaning up historical environmental mine tailings liabilities to the benefit of all stakeholders, will both create opportunities and give Jubilee a competitive advantage as it pursues further international opportunities.

“With our global metals processing strategy in mind, and with a strong balance sheet position, we are confident that any future bank and structured funding can be secured on substantially better terms to advance our Zambian Copper Strategy and growth.

“This interim period has been one of the most significant to date for Jubilee, and with the newly constructed and commissioned fully integrated Inyoni Facility now fully operational, we have a tremendous platform for future growth which firmly demonstrates the skills and expertise that your company has as we continue to broaden operations. The recent conversion to equity of all historical debt is another reinforcement of the success of our strategy in Zambia too, and we are excited for our processing facilities there to come on line in the coming weeks and to continue the roll out of our global metals processing strategy over the year ahead.”

GROUP FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE:

The increase in group revenue was mainly as a result of a sharp increase in the chrome production output which, is subject to a fixed contracted earnings margin and acts as a feeder to the PGM operations. Chrome revenue contributed to 48% of total group revenue for the period under review compared to 22% for the comparable period. This increased revenue has the impact of reducing overall group earnings margin due to the fixed margin contract.

The reduction in group attributable earnings was mainly as a result of the planned Inyoni PGM plant operational downtime to allow for the construction and re-commissioning of the new integrated Inyoni Facility. This resulted in the Inyoni PGM facility being available at 100% of its operating capacity for only 41% during the period under review. A further contributor to lower earnings was the lower average PGM basket price realised per ounce sold which, reduced by 35% over the period but showed a strong recovery at the end of the period which, was sustained post the period under review. Total PGM ounces sold includes the sale, in part, of the PGM in-process stock released through the stoppage of the Inyoni Facility.

The increase in the PGM unit cost per ounce to US$ 822 was mainly driven by a transport cost component of US$ 262 per ounce (included in the US$ 822) incurred for PGM ounces transported from the Eastern Limb Region until such time as a dedicated PGM facility is secured in the Eastern Limb Region.

  Unit6m to6m to12m to
31 Dec 202131 Dec202030 Jun 2021
GROUP    
Revenue£’000 63 265        53 438 132 845
Attributable earnings(i)£’00019 54030 94671 112
Adjusted attributable earnings margin(ii)%315854
EBITDA£’00013 66428 85050 335
Adjusted EBITDA (iii)£’00014 91629 32552 153
Adjusted EBITDA margin%245539
PGM    
PGM £ revenue£’000 24 330        36 593  88 754
PGM US$ revenueUS$’000 33 163        47 791 112 779
Attributable PGM £ earnings£’000 13 064        26 387  62 847
Attributable PGM US$ earningsUS$’000 17 807        34 462  84 632
Attributable PGM US$ earnings margin% 54                72          75
Total attributable PGM ounces sold comprising:oz 20 316        28 187  50 162
PGM ounces soldoz 14 316 28 187 50 162
PGM in-process stock soldoz 6 000 –   –  
PGM US$ revenue per ounce(iv) comprising:US$/oz 1 632 1 696 2 248
PGM ounces soldUS$/oz 2 073 –   –  
PGM in-process stock soldUS$/oz 581 –   –  
PGM attributable US$ earnings per ounce(iv)US$/oz818           1 223    1 687
Total adjusted PGM production US$ unit cost comprising:US$/oz 822              470        537
Processing cost(v)US$/oz 560 470 537
Transport(vi)US$/oz 262 –   –  
CHROME    
Chrome £ revenue£’000 30 436        11 565  34 506
Chrome US$ revenue(vii)US$’000 41 487        15 105  47 004
Attributable chrome £ earnings£’000 3 217           1 320    3 082
Attributable chrome US$ earningsUS$’000 4 385           1 724    4 150
Attributable chrome earnings margin% 11                11             9
Attributable chrome tonnes soldtonnes 619 900      282 885 727 264
Chrome US$ revenue per tonne soldUS$/t 67                53           64
Chrome attributable US$ earnings per tonne soldUS$/t 7                  5             6
COPPER    
Copper £ revenue£’000 8 499           3 791    8 919
Copper US$ revenueUS$’000 11 584           4 951  12 011
Attributable copper £ earnings£’000 3 260           1 793    3 690
Attributable copper US$ earningsUS$’000 4 443           2 342     4 969
Attributable copper earnings margin% 38                47           41
Attributable copper tonnes soldtonnes 1 216             705    1 460
Copper US$ revenue per tonne soldUS$/t 9 5277 023     8 226
Copper attributable US$ earnings per tonneUS$/t 3 654          3 322    3 403

(i)        Attributable earnings refer to earnings attributable to the group based on its contractual rights in each project.

(ii)      The increased contribution of chrome to overall group revenue has the impact of reducing the overall group earnings margin due to the fixed margin contract on chrome.

(iii)     Adjusted EBITDA refers to EBITDA adjusted for non-cash expenses including impairments, gain on bargain purchase

and foreign exchange differences.

(iv)     PGM US$ revenue and attributable earnings per ounce exclude revenue and costs associated with the sale of 6 000 ounces of in-process stock released as part of the recommissioning of the Inyoni Facility.

(v)       Adjusted PGM production unit cost includes all direct and indirect processing costs attributable to the production of PGMs. The period under review also includes all operating costs for the Windsor PGM Joint Venture allocated to the Jubilee attributable PGM ounces.

(vi)     Transport costs incurred for the PGM ounces transported from the Eastern Limb Region until such time as a dedicated PGM facility is secured in the Eastern Limb Region.

(vii)    Chrome revenue is recognised on an ex-works basis after costs of export logistics including freight, shipping and marketing.

INTERIM PERIOD REVIEW

Combined Operational and Financial update

The Company saw the culmination of a continued period of planned substantial infrastructure investment and integration across its projects, which resulted in scheduled operational downtime at the chrome and PGM operations to facilitate the construction and integration of new processing circuits. Now completed, the newly constructed and commissioned fully integrated Inyoni Facility has set a tremendous platform for future growth for the Company. It sets the example of the type of facility that the Company plans to develop as it expands its chrome and PGM operational footprint in the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld complex in South Africa. This is a strategic development, demonstrating Jubilee’s ability to continue to grow its business by re-investing its earnings into high growth projects.

During this period, the Company maintained its contractual obligations to deliver the required PGM production despite its Inyoni PGM operation only being partially operational to achieve 20 316 PGM ounces sold for H2 CY2021 (H1 CY2021: 21 975 ounces). The PGM results are skewed and impacted by the staged decommissioning and re-commissioning of the Inyoni Facility over the reporting period resulting in the one-off release of a quantity of in-process lower-grade PGM inventories and refilling of the operational pipeline over the period. The total PGM ounces sold included in-process stock released as part of the recommissioning of the Inyoni Facility. The in-process stock was sold as a lower-grade PGM material and prior to the completion of the newly commissioned final product cleaning circuit. This release of inventory does not reflect the normally incurred full operational revenues and cost and therefore skews the overall PGM unit cost and PGM revenues delivered. These ounces are therefore excluded from the calculation of the reported PGM unit cost.  

Chrome operations achieved 609 734 chrome concentrate tonnes for H2 CY2021 (431 390 tonnes during H1 CY2021) on the back of increased operational capacities following the commissioning of the new OBB chrome beneficiation circuit, which was fully integrated with the Inyoni Facility during the period under review. The significant increase in chrome production resulted in an increase of 18% in revenue compared with the previous six-month reporting period and increasing its contribution to overall Group revenue to 48% up from 22% during the comparable six- month period. The chrome operations operate on a fixed margin contract of approximately 11% and is the facilitator to the production of increased PGM rich discard that is processed by the newly expanded Inyoni Facility.

In Zambia, copper production during the period increased to 1 314 tonnes of copper (H1 CY2021: 774 tonnes) as part of ensuring operational readiness to accept first copper concentrate production from Project Roan. Project Roan’s integrated copper concentrator neared completion during the reporting period with early commissioning activities underway at the time of writing. The Roan concentrator is targeted to ramp up during the current period to deliver a targeted 10 000 tonnes of copper units annually. The fully operational Sable Refinery delivered increased positive earnings as part of its operational readiness activities with attributable operational earnings of £ 3.3 million for H2 CY2021, compared with £ 1.8 million for H1 CY2021.

As announced on 7 March 2022, post the period under review, Jubilee received notice from ACAM LP (“ACAM”) to convert its remaining convertible loan notes (“Loan Notes”), totalling US$ 7.8 million (£5.89 million) of principal debt and accrued interest, into new ordinary shares in the Company. The ACAM convertible loan notes formed a key part in the funding of the acquisition and successful recapitalisation of Jubilee’s Sable Refinery which launched the Zambian copper strategy. The conversion welcomes ACAM as a strategic shareholder with keen interest to further support Jubilee’s copper ambitions. The settlement of all long-term debt and release of the associated security, paves the way for Jubilee to leverage its balance sheet for structured debt funding of its Zambian Copper Strategy. Both the Company’s Zambian and its South African operations carry no further long term secured debt. 

PGM Operations – South Africa

Jubilee’s PGM operations consist of the Inyoni PGM operations and the Windsor PGM JV (operated under a JV agreement with Eland Platinum). Jubilee successfully completed and commissioned the Inyoni Facility during November 2021. This investment has materially increased the Group’s production capacity of PGM ounces and, most importantly, increases the proportion of the ounces produced that are fully attributable to Jubilee along with the associated earnings compared with the considerable dilution of earnings caused by the Windsor PGM JV where 40% of earnings was attributable to the JV partner.

The Inyoni Facility integrates the new 80 000 tonnes per month OBB Chrome Plant with the expanded and upgraded Inyoni PGM operations. The Inyoni PGM operations were also expanded to increase processing capacity by 45% to 75 000 tonnes per month and to diversify capacity with the addition of a multi feed blending circuit and additional PGM recovery circuit. This has allowed for the feeding and recovering of PGMs from a wide variety of feed material. This new fully integrated chrome and PGM circuit has overcome the historical limitations of only being able to process material from the then Hernic operations and historical waste. The new integrated chrome and PGM facility increases Jubilee’s Inyoni operational capacity to 615 000 tonnes per annum of chrome concentrate and 44 000 ounces of PGM per annum. This increased Inyoni capacity reduces Jubilee reliance on the Windsor PGM JV, reducing future earnings dilution and exposure to significantly reduced efficiencies. Jubilee now holds an annual PGM capacity that consists of up to 44 000 PGM ounces at Inyoni (previously only 30 000 PGM ounces) with the additional option of accessing the Windsor PGM JV at a capacity of 16 000 PGM ounces – this represents a material increase in the anticipated production of PGM ounces which will be 100% attributable to Jubilee. Following the recommissioning of the Inyoni Facility and the restocking of the in-process pipeline, the expected production target for the full financial period is readjusted to between 43 000 to 48 000 PGM ounces depending on the supplementary production achieved for the remaining period through the Windsor PGM JV (as previously announced).

The investment by Jubilee into the completed integrated project totalled £ 20.5 million (ZAR 442 million) and illustrates Jubilee’s continued commitment to investing into its operations to create the foundation for sustained future growth.

As announced on the 3rd and 4th of June 2021, Jubilee’s current PGM operational footprint has been largely focused on the Western Limb, a single area of the two main PGM areas in South Africa. The Eastern Limb has been a key focus for Jubilee to expand its PGM reach and operational capacity following the completion of its fully integrated Inyoni facility. Jubilee secured additional PGM Supply Agreements for the supply of material from the Eastern Limb, giving Jubilee access to the Eastern Limb by offering a platform to establish a dedicated integrated chrome and PGM facility and to pursue further growth opportunities.

The Eastern Limb PGM Supply Agreements are mostly based on the LG6 chrome reef known for its high rhodium and palladium content accounting for approximately 12% in the case of rhodium and 20% in the case of palladium of a produced PGM ounce compared with as low as 7% and 16% respectively of other chrome reefs. The PGM Supply Agreements have secured the rights to long term PGM feed supply with the potential to produce up to 14 500 PGM ounces per annum, with further growth opportunities available. Jubilee will initially process the increased PGM feed at the Company’s Inyoni Facility, while pursuing the implementation of a dedicated processing facility in the Eastern Limb. The temporary increase in costs to transport this material to our Western Limb Inyoni Facility is offset by the strategic investment to secure material for the Eastern Limb strategy and the long-term growth it offers.

During the period, the Company maintained its contractual obligations to deliver the required PGM production, despite its Inyoni PGM operation only being partially operational, to achieve 20 316 PGM ounces sold for H2 CY2021 (H1 CY2021: 21 975 ounces). The PGM results are skewed and impacted by the staged decommissioning and recommissioning of the new integrated Inyoni facility over the reporting period resulting in the one-off release of certain lower PGM grade inventories and the refilling of the operational pipeline over the period. The total PGM ounces sold included in-process stock released as part of the recommissioning of the expanded and upgraded PGM facility. The in-process stock was sold as a lower grade PGM material and prior to the completion of the newly commissioned final product cleaning circuit. This release of stock, which does not reflect the normal incurred full operational cost, skews the PGM unit cost and PGM revenues delivered. These ounces are excluded from the calculation of the reported PGM unit cost below. 

Operational project unit costs expressed as US$ per PGM ounce produced consisted of US$ 560 per ounce processing unit cost and a US$ 262 per PGM ounce transport cost for the material sourced from the Eastern Limb.  The average PGM basket price realised per ounce sold reduced by 35% over the period but showed a strong recovery at the end of the period under review which, was sustained post the period under review.

The table below presents the combined unaudited operational revenue and operational earnings performance for PGMs for H2 CY2021:

PGMPGM ounces deliveredProject revenue (£’000)Project revenue (ZAR’000)Project earnings (£’000)Project earnings (ZAR’000)Jubilee attributable earnings (£’000)Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR’000)Unit cost / PGM oz (US$)
H2 CY202028 18736 593776 03226 959572 78226 387560 450470
H1 CY202121 97547 155956 86936 725746 65736 459741 335658
H2 CY2021 20 316 24 330 497 640 14 966 306 117 13 064 267 208 822(i)

(i)        Unit cost includes a transport cost component of US$ 262 per PGM ounce to source material from the Eastern Limb

Chrome Operations – South Africa

In November 2020, Jubilee commenced the construction of an additional 80 000 tonnes per month OBB Chrome Plant, which on completion increased Jubilee’s overall processing capacity to 250 000 tonnes of chrome ore and tailings per month (includes the Windsor 8 Chrome Plant, completed in 2020). The facility consists of four integrated chrome recovery circuits to maximise chrome efficiencies, which includes Jubilee’s fine chrome operation.

The final integration of the new OBB Chrome Plant into the Inyoni Facility was completed in November 2021. The operational levels of the OBB Chrome Plant were largely maintained during the rebuild and commissioning of the Inyoni Facility, with the produced PGM discard from the OBB Chrome Plant stockpiled for later reintroduction into the Inyoni Facility. 

Production of chrome concentrate increased by 41% to 609 734 tonnes, illustrating the early contribution from the new OBB Chrome Plant, which was brought on-line at the end of Q2 2021 and ramped-up during Q3 2021 before being integrated with the Inyoni Facility during November 2021. The increased chrome processing capacity directly contributes to increased PGM feed supply as a tailings stream produced from the chrome processing circuit. Chrome operational earnings for H2 CY2021 increased by 83% to £ 3.2 million from H1 CY2021. Chrome revenue for H2 CY2021 increased by 30% to £ 30 million from H1 CY2021.

The table below presents the combined unaudited operational revenue and operational earnings performance for chrome for H2 CY2021:

CHROMEChromite concentrate producedTonnesProject revenue (£’000)Project revenue (ZAR’000)Project and Jubilee attributable earnings (£’000)Project and Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR’000)
H2 CY2020319 83411 565244 4351 32028 522
H1 CY2021431 39023 340468 1531 76235 576
H2 CY2021609 734 30 436 622 5483 21765 794

Chrome prices continued to be volatile during the period under review due to the disruptions in the supply chain over the sixth-month period. These price fluctuations are expected to continue over the next six months as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic and supply and demand fundamentals are better matched.

Copper Operations – Zambia

The roll-out of Jubilee’s copper and cobalt strategy offers the potential of significant continued earnings growth in addition to the achievements of its PGM and chrome operations. 

The Company’s Kabwe Project, combined with its multi-metal Sable Refinery, establishes Jubilee’s fully integrated multi-metal recovery and refining operational footprint in Zambia. The Sable Refinery, which acts as a central processing facility for third-party material in the region, gives access to a current resource comprising of an estimated 6.4 million tonnes of surface waste assets containing zinc, lead and vanadium pentoxide in addition to the approximately 300 million tonnes of copper and cobalt tailings secured in 2020.

During 2020, Jubilee entered into joint venture agreements to secure rights to process over 300 million tonnes of copper and cobalt containing tailings in Zambia. The copper and cobalt tailings are located in three central locations named Project Roan, Project Lechwe and Project Elephant. 

Jubilee aims to construct a processing facility at each of the three locations. The scope of the processing facilities will be determined by the refining capacity at its Sable Refinery, currently standing at 14 000 tonnes per annum. Jubilee has a set target to expand its access to refining capacity, to achieve a targeted 25 000 tonnes of copper units per annum. During H1 2021, the first of the processing facilities entered its construction phase at Project Roan, which targets an annual production rate of 10 000 tonnes of equivalent copper units. 

The Project Roan copper concentrator neared completion during the reporting period with early commissioning activities commencing. The completion of construction has commenced well post the period, with the final integration of the copper oxide and copper sulphide circuit targeted for completion during March 2022 to commence the ramp-up of the fully integrated circuit by May 2022.

Copper production at Jubilee’s Sable Refinery increased by 70% to 1 314 tonnes compared with 774 tonnes for H1 CY2021 as part of the process to ensure operational readiness to accept first copper concentrate production from Jubilee’s Project Roan.

The Sable Refinery reported revenues from the sale of copper cathode of £ 8.5 million (ZAR 174 million) up 66% from H1 CY2021 and positive earnings as part of its operational readiness activities with attributable operational earnings of £ 3.3 million (ZAR 67 million) up 72% from H1 CY2021.

Project Lechwe Update – Zambia

During the period, the completion of the design work for the Company’s second copper processing facility, Project Lechwe, whereby Jubilee has secured the rights to approximately 150 million tonnes of copper containing surface tailings, further progressed with final pilot runs under way to confirm the design work. Project Lechwe targets to reach the production of 7 500 copper units per annum in addition to Project Roan by Q2 of CY2023.

The table below presents the combined unaudited operational revenue and operational earnings performance for copper for H2 CY2021:

COPPERCopper units producedTonnesProject revenue (£’000)Project revenue (ZAR’000)Project and Jubilee attributable earnings (£’000)Project and Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR’000)
H2 CY2020614 3 791 80 648 1 793 38 365
H1 CY2021774 5 128 101 824 1 897 37 732
H2 CY20211 314 8 499173 847 3 26066 676

ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (“ESG”)

Sustainability is core to the Company’s business as a metal recovery company. By processing remnant mining residues and waste material, we are not only addressing the physical legacies of historical mining operations by rehabilitating the environment and clearing away pollution, but we are also doing so in a manner that improves the quality of life of those living in proximity of these installations. Jubilee is committed to operating in a manner that is transparent, environmentally responsible, ensures the longevity of our operations, and supports the socio-economic uplift of our host communities.

As a company involved in a primary sector, Jubilee recognises that we have an opportunity and role to play in positively contributing to broader sustainability. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) provide a useful framework by which to assess and monitor our efforts towards sustainable development, as well as our ESG performance.

The SDGs, which came into effect in January 2016, are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals and targets designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. They were developed to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda which ultimately aims to:

1.    end poverty and inequality;

2.    protect the planet; and

3.    ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

We have interrogated the SDGs to identify those most aligned with our core business and with our responsibilities as a responsible corporate citizen. These include:

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing – The safety and well-being of Jubilee’s employees and contractors is our highest priority, and, to this end, we have maintained a strong track record of good employee health and safety. Group safety performance maintained with LTIFR equalled 0.323 for the period and zero group fatalities recorded. 

SDG 4: Quality Education – Jubilee is committed to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and helping to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. We provide bursary opportunities to a number of community residents, assist groups of students from local communities with portable skills training, and sponsor children with much needed stationery supplies.

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation – As we recognise access to water is a basic human right, we have invested in water supply projects in our host communities to ensure access to clean water and sanitation.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – Jubilee believes in promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth through the provision of productive and decent employment opportunities. We are committed to employing local labour in the areas of our operations.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production – The processing and clearing of mine waste material have the advantage of reducing mining’s carbon footprint. As this is Jubilees principle activity, we are at the forefront of global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.  

Water consumption rate per PGM ounce produced was 3.23 m3/oz for the period under review.

Power consumption per PGM ounce produced was 770 KWh/oz

SDG 13: Climate Action – The processing and clearing of mine waste material have the advantage of reducing mining’s carbon footprint. As this is Jubilee’s principle activity, we ae at the forefront of global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals – Jubilee recognises the value in partnering with other organisations, particularly government institutions, in furthering the goals of sustainable development. One of our key partnerships is with the Zambia Mining and Environmental Remediation and Improvement Project, a government initiative to reduce environmental health risks to the local population in critically polluted mining areas in Zambia, including the Kabwe municipality.

Environment

Responsible and sustainable environmental stewardship is core to our business as a metal recovery company. By processing remnant mining residues and waste material we are addressing the physical legacies of historical mining operations by rehabilitating the environment and clearing away pollution.

In ensuring good environmental stewardship remains at the heart of our business, Jubilee endeavours to:

·    improve waste minimisation measures, energy efficiencies and air, land and management systems;

·    manage and mitigate the impact on affected natural ecosystems;

·    contribute towards biodiversity conservation;

·    ensure effective and appropriate land rehabilitation; and

·    ensure that comprehensive disaster management plans are in place.

A key illustration of our commitment to good environmental stewardship is our membership of the Zambia Mining and Environmental Remediation and Improvement Project, a government initiative to reduce environmental health risks to the local population in critically polluted mining areas in Zambia, including the Kabwe municipality.

Key environmental legislation regulates the mining industry in South Africa and Jubilee aims to maintain a comprehensive environmental management plan for current and future operations. These plans address the risks associated with current and legacy mining waste.

Social

Jubilee Metals believes it has a responsibility to protect and improve the lives of employee and community stakeholders. We take every opportunity to enhance Jubilee’s social practices and policies.

Governance

Jubilee is committed to maintaining the highest standards in corporate governance throughout its operations and to ensure all its practices are conducted transparently, ethically and efficiently. The Board has oversight and overall accountability for guiding the strategic direction of the Company, maintaining an ethical culture and effective control of its operations.

Jubilee believes in scrutinising all aspects of its business and reflecting, analysing and improving its procedures to maintain the continued success of the business and deliver value to shareholders. Therefore, and in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies, the Jubilee has chosen to formalise its governance policies by complying with the UK’s Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code.

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