Welcome!

News Feed Item

SouthGobi Resources Announces Select Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results

HONG KONG, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/14 -- SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSX:SGQ)(HKSE:1878) (the "Company" or "SouthGobi") today announced select second quarter 2014 operating results. All figures are in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise stated.

Select Operating Results

The Company's select operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2014, including comparative periods, are summarized in the table below:


                                                                            
                                  ------------------------------------------
                                              Three months ended            
                                  ------------------------------------------
                                          30-Jun        31-Mar        30-Jun
                                            2014          2014          2013
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Raw coal production (millions of                                            
 tonnes)                                    0.55          0.64          0.17
                                                                            
Sales volumes (millions of tonnes)                                          
  Premium semi-soft coking coal                -             -          0.21
  Standard semi-soft coking coal            0.40          0.29             -
  Thermal coal                              0.51          0.10          0.11
  Total                                     0.91          0.39          0.32
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Company continues to operate under difficult market conditions. Coal prices in China declined further in the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2014 as a result of strong seaborne and domestic supply. The decline in coal prices has been partially offset by the increase in the Company's volumes in the second quarter compared to the seasonally slow first quarter.

In June 2014, following a review of operations in response to current market conditions, the Company reduced its production and placed approximately half of its workforce in furlough. This furlough is anticipated to remain in place until the end of July subject to market conditions. Contracted sales volumes are expected to be met from the combination of the existing coal stockpile and reduced production volumes.

On June 26, 2014, the Ovoot Tolgoi mine site region experienced torrential rain and flooding which temporarily interrupted mining operations. The impact on the Company's operations is not expected to be material.

Other Information

Cash Position and Liquidity

The Company's cash position and liquidity as at June 30, 2014, including comparative periods, is summarized in the table below. Amounts are presented in millions of U.S. Dollars.


                                                                            
                            ------------------------------------------------
                                                 As at                      
                            ------------------------------------------------
                                  30-Jun      31-Mar      31-Dec      30-Jun
                                    2014        2014        2013        2013
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cash                         $       8.8 $       9.9 $      21.8 $      19.2
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

The changes in the Company's cash position in periods noted above are inclusive of cash interest paid on the China Investment Corporation ("CIC") convertible debenture in the amount of $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and nil in the second quarter of 2013. The next cash interest payment on the CIC convertible debenture of approximately $8 million is due on November 19, 2014.

On May 25, 2014, the Company announced it obtained a $10 million revolving credit facility from Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. ("Turquoise Hill") to meet its short term working capital requirements with a maturity date of August 30, 2014. The terms and conditions of this facility were filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) on June 2, 2014. As at June 30, 2014, the Company had drawn down $3.8 million under this facility.

The Company continues to actively seek additional sources of financing to continue operating and meet its objectives, which includes increasing the level of prepaid coal sales. As at 30 June, the balance of customer prepayments for future coal deliveries amounted to $10.9 million including the receipt of $6.5 million received on June 30, 2014.

As at July 10, 2014, the Company had cash of $7.3 million and the amount drawn down under the Turquoise Hill loan facility remained at $3.8 million.

Sale of Tsagaan Tolgoi Deposit

The Company has completed the sale of Tsagaan Tolgoi Deposit in the second quarter of 2014 for an amount of $2 million. The net proceed generated for the Company after taxes and costs was $1.3 million.

Tax Investigation Case

The trial date for the tax investigation case against SouthGobi Sands LLC and three of its former employees as detailed in the Company's June 24 announcement has been deferred until August 25, 2014.

Outlook

Coal production in the second half of 2014 will be paced to meet contracted sales volumes.

The Company continues to experience negative impacts on its margins and liquidity and there can be no assurance that the Company will have sufficient funding for the balance of 2014 to be able to continue as a going concern, as more fully detailed in its Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and, in particular, section 5 "Liquidity and Capital Resources" and section 11 "Risk Factors" thereof. Therefore the Company is actively seeking additional sources of financing to continue operating and meet its objectives. The Company remains focused on minimizing uncommitted capital expenditures while preserving its growth options.

About SouthGobi

SouthGobi is listed on the Toronto and Hong Kong stock exchanges, in which Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. ("Turquoise Hill"), also publicly listed in Toronto and New York, has a 56% shareholding. Turquoise Hill took management control of SouthGobi in September 2012 and made changes to the board and senior management. Rio Tinto has a majority shareholding in Turquoise Hill.

SouthGobi is focused on exploration and development of its metallurgical and thermal coal deposits in Mongolia's South Gobi Region. It has a 100% shareholding in SouthGobi Sands LLC, the Mongolian registered company that holds the mining and exploration licenses in Mongolia and operates the flagship Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine. Ovoot Tolgoi produces and sells coal to customers in China.

Forward-Looking Statements: This document includes forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the Company's expectations of sufficient liquidity and capital resources to meets its ongoing obligations and future contractual commitments, including the Company's ability to secure additional funding; the possibility of the CIC convertible debenture and all accrued and unpaid interest becoming immediately due; the continued pressure on the coal prices in China, and the related impact on the Company's margins and liquidity; the Company's expectation that its royalty per tonne calculated under the new "flexible tariff" royalty regime will decrease compared to the prior reference price royalty regime; and other statements that are not historical facts. When used in this document, the words such as "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Although SouthGobi believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and no assurance can be given that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in SouthGobi's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2013 which is available at www.sedar.com.

Contacts:
Investor Relations
Galina Rogova
Office: +852-2839-9208
Email: galina.rogova@southgobi.com

Media Relations
Altanbagana Bayarsaikhan
Office: +976 70070710
Email: altanbagana.bayarsaikhan@southgobi.com
Website: www.southgobi.com

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
China Unicom exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communica...
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
Zerto exhibited at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, in June 2016. Zerto is committed to keeping enterprise and cloud IT running 24/7 by providing innovative, simple, reliable and scalable business continuity software solutions. Through the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform™, organizations can seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds. The company’s flagship product, Zerto Virtual...
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often un...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Now has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
SYS-CON Events announced today that WineSOFT will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Based in Seoul and Irvine, WineSOFT is an innovative software house focusing on internet infrastructure solutions. The venture started as a bootstrap start-up in 2010 by focusing on making the internet faster and more powerful. WineSOFT’s knowledge is based on the expertise of TCP/IP, VPN, SSL, peer-to-peer, mob...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and containers together help companies achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of Dev...
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.