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FIFO program delivers $93m boost to South West

Rio Tinto's fly-in fly-out program continues to deliver significant economic benefits for regional towns in WA through stable employment and higher spending on goods and services with local businesses. In 2018, $93.1 million was contributed to the South West as a result of the program, which was reported as the largest economic impact, accounting for 47 per cent of Rio Tinto's total regional economic spend. Research also highlighted an increase in regional jobs as a result of higher spending in the regions. The flow-on effect of this saw 601 jobs supported in the South West for the year. According to a report by ACIL Allen Consulting, Rio Tinto's regional FIFO program delivered an estimated economic contribution of $199.4 million to regional towns outside of the Pilbara and Perth last year, an increase of $14.7 million since the previous report in 2016. A growing regional workforce of more than 2,230 delivered an increase in spending in regional WA to $547.9 million in 2..

Rio Tinto's fly-in fly-out program continues to deliver significant economic benefits for regional towns in WA through stable employment and higher spending on goods and services with local businesses. In 2018, $93.1 million was contributed to the South West as a result of the program, which was reported as the largest economic impact, accounting for 47 per cent of Rio Tinto's total regional economic spend. Research also highlighted an increase in regional jobs as a result of higher spending in the regions. The flow-on effect of this saw 601 jobs supported in the South West for the year. According to a report by ACIL Allen Consulting, Rio Tinto's regional FIFO program delivered an estimated economic contribution of $199.4 million to regional towns outside of the Pilbara and Perth last year, an increase of $14.7 million since the previous report in 2016. A growing regional workforce of more than 2,230 delivered an increase in spending in regional WA to $547.9 million in 2018, which was made up of purchases from vendors, credit card payments, airport charges, community investments and wages. The economic contribution of the company's regional FIFO program and regional spending by Rio Tinto also supported an additional 1,269 local jobs in regional WA. The report estimated that for every three regional FIFO workers, one additional job in the regional economy was supported. Rio Tinto's regional FIFO program provides direct charters from seven regional towns – Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Derby, Geraldton and Albany – to eight of the company's mining operations in the Pilbara. Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said their FIFO program continued to deliver for regional economies in WA by providing jobs, supporting businesses through spending on goods and services, and by supporting local community groups. "We are proud to be contributing to these increasingly vibrant regional communities by helping to share the employment and economic benefits of Rio Tinto's world-class iron ore operations in the Pilbara across the state," he said. Each year Rio Tinto engaged with many partners in activities and programs to deliver real and lasting benefits to communities around WA. In a report, Rio Tinto's annual review of community investment programs, Celebrating WA Communities, noted the company's contribution of $19.7 million to more than 163 community programs across the state last year, and a further $4.2 million of in-kind support. Highlights from 2018 included the arrival of the first Pilatus PC-24 Rio Tinto Life Flight Jets – made possible through Rio Tinto's commitment of $10 million over four years to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. More recently, the company's partnership with the WA Government and South Metropolitan TAFE successfully delivered Australia's first nationally recognised qualifications in automation. Rio Tinto's $120,000 three year partnership with the Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported more than 1,500 volunteers at the Busselton Ironman. In 2018, four local governments including the City of Busselton were provided with $65,000 to support a youth development officer. Their role is to develop inclusive activities to engage youth through school holiday programs and weekend events that provide life skills and leadership development and support networks in the community. BCCI chief executive officer Jodie Richards said Rio Tinto had such a strong focus on community involvement, "Rio do not just take people out of a town to go work on mine sites, they actually give back to the community," she said. "FIFO has the potential to cause social issues in a community with one parent being away, children are left with the other parent, who effectively becomes a single parent. "There are a lot of implications which come with that, Rio Tinto really take care of their workers. "They contribute not only to the economy by the employment aspect, but also encouraged youth involvement, traineeships, apprenticeships and training people for the future. "When people are going away and earning good money they are coming back to the regions and spending it here and that is really important. "They are also big supporters of the Chamber of Commerce, which allows us to be able to support businesses as well." Ms Richards said often the other parent in a FIFO family worked due to the cost of living, and often they worked in small businesses or started their own business. "The FIFO workforce and small business are very closely related," she said.

Rio Tinto's fly-in fly-out program continues to deliver significant economic benefits for regional towns in WA through stable employment and higher spending on goods and services with local businesses.

In 2018, $93.1 million was contributed to the South West as a result of the program, which was reported as the largest economic impact, accounting for 47 per cent of Rio Tinto's total regional economic spend.

Research also highlighted an increase in regional jobs as a result of higher spending in the regions. The flow-on effect of this saw 601 jobs supported in the South West for the year.

According to a report by ACIL Allen Consulting, Rio Tinto's regional FIFO program delivered an estimated economic contribution of $199.4 million to regional towns outside of the Pilbara and Perth last year, an increase of $14.7 million since the previous report in 2016.

A growing regional workforce of more than 2,230 delivered an increase in spending in regional WA to $547.9 million in 2018, which was made up of purchases from vendors, credit card payments, airport charges, community investments and wages.

The economic contribution of the company's regional FIFO program and regional spending by Rio Tinto also supported an additional 1,269 local jobs in regional WA.

The report estimated that for every three regional FIFO workers, one additional job in the regional economy was supported.

Rio Tinto's regional FIFO program provides direct charters from seven regional towns – Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Derby, Geraldton and Albany – to eight of the company's mining operations in the Pilbara.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said their FIFO program continued to deliver for regional economies in WA by providing jobs, supporting businesses through spending on goods and services, and by supporting local community groups.

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Carnarvon Petroleum chairman reflects on significant milestones at AGM

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd (ASX:CVN) is conducting its annual general meeting today in Perth where chairman Peter Leonhardt shared his views on what has been a great year for the company.

Chairmans address
A number of years ago Carnarvon set out a clear plan which focused on the highly prospective North West Shelf of Western Australia. We continued this strategy consistently and with determination despite the recent challenging industry conditions.

The highlight of this strategy so far, as you well know, has been the landmark Dorado oil and gas discovery in 2018.

To date, Dorado is this centurys largest liquids discovery in the North West Shelf of Western Australia.

It has reinforced the exploration potential which still exists in this region and further strengthens Carnarvons strategic focus.

The importance of the Dorado discovery led Carnarvon and its Joint Venture partner, Santos, to move quickly to confirm and appraise it in 2019.

Looking back on the previous year, we now have t..

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd (ASX:CVN) is conducting its annual general meeting today in Perth where chairman Peter Leonhardt shared his views on what has been a great year for the company.

Chairmans address

A number of years ago Carnarvon set out a clear plan which focused on the highly prospective North West Shelf of Western Australia. We continued this strategy consistently and with determination despite the recent challenging industry conditions.

The highlight of this strategy so far, as you well know, has been the landmark Dorado oil and gas discovery in 2018.

To date, Dorado is this centurys largest liquids discovery in the North West Shelf of Western Australia.

It has reinforced the exploration potential which still exists in this region and further strengthens Carnarvons strategic focus.

The importance of the Dorado discovery led Carnarvon and its Joint Venture partner, Santos, to move quickly to confirm and appraise it in 2019.

Looking back on the previous year, we now have two successful Dorado appraisal wells and two fantastic flow tests over the Caley and Baxter reservoirs performed during the Dorado-3 well.

With these results, we were extremely pleased to confirm the Dorado resource and to begin working towards the first phase of its development.

The Dorado project is a unique asset because of its scale, its jurisdiction in Australia, its location in shallow water, its proximity to supporting infrastructure and the strength of the operator in Santos.

We are looking forward to providing further updates as the project progresses next year.

Carnarvon also achieved an important milestone this year in the Buffalo project. We were able to execute a Production Sharing Contract with the Government of Timor-Leste on terms similar to those enjoyed in Australian. As you may recall the governments of Australia and Timor-Leste agreed to a Maritime Boundary Treaty between the two Nations. A result of the Treaty being that the Buffalo project will be conducted under Timor-Leste jurisdiction.

I feel it is important to reinforce that a key element of the Maritime Boundary Treaty was that the affected Companies would retain fiscal equivalence. Following extensive negotiations, the Buffalo PSC achieves a similar net-back to Carnarvon after government taxes and duties when compared to Australias offshore PRRT and income tax regimes.

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Macarthur Minerals attracts pre-listing buy recommendation and 6-month price target of 43 cents

Macarthur Minerals Limited (CVE:MMS) (ASX:MIO proposed) has attracted strong interest in its proposal to list on the ASX and this is supported by a buy recommendation from Breakaway Research along with a 6-month price target of 43 cents.

In a research report, Breakaway said the listing would enable the company to profile its “valuable” Lake Giles Iron Ore Project in WA “to an investor base more familiar with the earnings and cash flow potential of the project and its strategic positioning which is driven by rail and port access”.

Lake Giles is 175 kilometres northwest of Kalgoorlie and has substantial magnetite resources at Moonstone project and hematite resources across a number of deposits at the Ularring project.

Macarthur plans to exploit the hematite resource through tribute mining and to focus on the high-value, high-grade magnetite resource.

After working the project for the last 7-8 years, Breakaway said Macarthur had tailored the project to optimise future and growing dema..

Macarthur Minerals Limited (CVE:MMS) (ASX:MIO proposed) has attracted strong interest in its proposal to list on the ASX and this is supported by a buy recommendation from Breakaway Research along with a 6-month price target of 43 cents.

In a research report, Breakaway said the listing would enable the company to profile its “valuable” Lake Giles Iron Ore Project in WA “to an investor base more familiar with the earnings and cash flow potential of the project and its strategic positioning which is driven by rail and port access”.

Lake Giles is 175 kilometres northwest of Kalgoorlie and has substantial magnetite resources at Moonstone project and hematite resources across a number of deposits at the Ularring project.

Macarthur plans to exploit the hematite resource through tribute mining and to focus on the high-value, high-grade magnetite resource.

After working the project for the last 7-8 years, Breakaway said Macarthur had tailored the project to optimise future and growing demand for high-grade magnetite concentrate.

This strategy focuses on early cash flow targeting high-grade regions of the Lake Giles magnetite deposits.

The project will utilise available capacity on the rail network and export facilities through the Port of Esperance, which provide significantly lower transportation capex requirements than many other competing projects.

Proposed haul road from the project to Jaurdi rail siding and onto Esperance.

Lake Giles pros

Among the other benefits of Lake Giles outlined by Breakaway in the report are:

  • Metallurgically the magnetite mineralisation has attributes which place its beneficiation performance ahead of many competing magnetite deposits. These include:

– Ore hardness – Lake Giles ore has a 16.2 bond work index; – Mass Pull – Lake Giles ore has a mass pull factor in the 45% to 50% range; – Grinding – Lake Giles ore requires grinding to deliver a P80 at 45um; and – Concentrate grade: high grade at 68.5% to 69.1% iron.

  • Not surprisingly, the project delivers robust earnings and cash flows after production commences in 2022 at a 2.5 to 3.4 million tonnes per annum saleable magnetite concentrate production rate.
  • Glencore has secured a 10-year offtake agreement which will assist the company to finance the A$315 million and $151 million direct and indirect capital costs respectively.
  • Sustainable earnings and cashflows are forecast at around $60m and +$80m pa respectively and generate an NPV7.5 in excess of $900m.
  • The Lake Giles Iron Ore project is also strategically located in the Yilgarn region where several recent transactions underpin the projects value.

As part of the listing process, the company has lodged a prospectus with the ASX to raise up to A$7.5 million to complete a Bankable Feasibility Study for the Lake Giles Iron Ore Project.

The company is also planning to complete a 1 for 4 consolidation which will result in the theoretical share price exceeding A20 cents per share.

Breakaway said: "As a consequence, Macarthur Minerals should attain an ASX listing before the end of CY2019.”

Following are extracts from the Breakaway report:

The Lake Giles Iron Ore Project is approximately 175 km northwest of Kalgoorlie and encompasses 62 square kilometres of mining tenements covering the Yeriligee greenstone belt in the Yilgarn Region.

The project has specific attributes which make it superior to many competing iron ore (magnetite) projects including readily available infrastructure to enable rail hauls and export facilities as well as favourable mining and ore processing attributes.

The company and others have spent more than $62m in advancing the Lake Giles project towards development since 2006.

At steady state, the Lakes Giles Iron Ore Project will produce 3.35mt pa +65% Fe magnetite concentrate and generate a sustainable >$80m pa cash flow within a minimum 31-year project life.

Glencore offtake agreement

The attractiveness of the project is also supported by Glencore which signed a binding 10-year offtake and marketing agreement for the magnetite concentrate sales in March this year.

Indeed, this project underpins our forecast earnings and cash flows for the company and hence our valuation.

Other projects

However, the company also has a number of early-stage exploration projects covering a variety of commodities and include:

  • Gold and lithium (hardrock) projects located in the Pilbara WA;
  • Hematite blending material;
  • The Reynolds Springs lithium brine project located in Nevada, USA; and
  • Nickel and cobalt prospects on parts of the Lake Giles Iron Ore Project tenements, WA.

As the company is clearly focused on bringing the Lake Giles Iron Ore Project into production, it has investigated options for advancing these projects to realise shareholder value without incurring expenditure or significant management time.

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DomaComs investment platform has role to play as investors hunt for yield

DomaCom Ltd (ASX:DCL) provided a funds under management (FUM) update at its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.

The investment platform as of 8 November 2019 had $61.2 million in FUM.

DomaCom generates revenues based on the FUM so its growth and profitability are directly related to its ability to grow its FUM.

The company charges 0.88% per annum (p.a.) on property assets under management, 0.44% p.a. on mortgage assets and 0.22% p.a. on cash.

Funded for growth in a large addressable market
DomaCom has raised $8.75 million since December 2018, which it says will address its remaining growth hurdle being its balance sheet.

The company noted that only 10% of its clients are using the investment platform, which it expects to rapidly rise once the balance sheet has been addressed.

DomaCom is developing multiple channels to access its target market which is self-managed superannuation funds (SMFSs).

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DomaCom Ltd (ASX:DCL) provided a funds under management (FUM) update at its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.

The investment platform as of 8 November 2019 had $61.2 million in FUM.

DomaCom generates revenues based on the FUM so its growth and profitability are directly related to its ability to grow its FUM.

The company charges 0.88% per annum (p.a.) on property assets under management, 0.44% p.a. on mortgage assets and 0.22% p.a. on cash.

Funded for growth in a large addressable market

DomaCom has raised $8.75 million since December 2018, which it says will address its remaining growth hurdle being its balance sheet.

The company noted that only 10% of its clients are using the investment platform, which it expects to rapidly rise once the balance sheet has been addressed.

DomaCom is developing multiple channels to access its target market which is self-managed superannuation funds (SMFSs).

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