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S32, SOUTH32 LIMITED
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South32 has revealed plans to write-down nearly $A1 billion worth of value from its Illawarra hard coking coal export business in its 2020-21 annual results next month.

The company revealed the planned write-off in its June quarterly report, released on Wednesday.

The company said it will book a pre-tax $US728 million ($989.6 million) impairment on the value of its Illawarra Metallurgical Coal which operates two hard coking coal mines south of Sydney.

The impairment decision comes after the NSW government rejected South32s application to extend its mine the Dendrobium Next Domain coal mine project due to concerns about irreversible environmental damage and potential pollution of Sydneys drinking water.

The Illawarra business produced less coal than the company was expecting due to challenging strata conditions at our Appin mine in the June quarter.

It also completed a longwall move during that quarter and plans three more longwall moves in 2021-22.

The write-down will take some of the gloss off what was a good year for the miner.

The quarterly report revealed strong alumina, zinc, nickel and manganese production during the three months ending on 30 June.

During the year we achieved production records at Worsley Alumina, Brazil Alumina and Australia Manganese,″ CEO Graham Kerr said in the report.

In the full year, alumina production was up 2%, metallurgical coal production increased 11%, lead production was up 19%, and silver production jumped 16%.

But thermal coal production dropped 19% with a substantial drop in coal production in the final quarter, and nickel production fell 16% despite strong production volumes in the final quarter.

South32 also divested its South32 SA Coal Holdings to Seriti Resources at a loss of $US160 million, as part of its target of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2035. The sale to Seriti also includes a $US200 million rehabilitation fund for the mines and other facilities.

South32 has returned $US346 million to shareholders through an on-market buy-back totalling 172 million shares. $225 million worth of capacity remains in the $US1.88 billion buyback which is due to complete in September this year.

The shares rose 1% to $2.84.

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from TA point of view, it has to hold 2.78, if not ...then 2.50ish is possible for near term. up side ----it has to over come 3.00



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The $2.50 line has to hold? Sell the coal biz and it will be a cleaner set of numbers, so it could rerate

But external factors are weighing, global growth and trade war issues keep rearing their ugly heads




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at what price level i can have another big bite again??
it's been good tp me so far. tongue.gif



 
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  • South32 (S32) has reported a statutory profit after tax decrease of 71% on the prior year to US$389 million. While underlying EBIT declined 19% to US$1.44 billion, falling short of analyst consensus as surveyed by Bloomberg.
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  • A large US$504 million pre-tax (US$578 million post-tax) impairment to its South African energy coal operation weighed on its full year profit result. Output was impacted by an extended outage at the facility with production decreasing 8% over the year and operating costs lifted 11%. Export sales were also heavily impacted by the outage. The weaker performance in the South Africa business was flagged at its recent quarterly update in July. S32 also announced that it was currently in negotiations with Seriti Resources Holdings to offload the South Africa operations with hopes the transaction can be finalised by June 2020.
  • The fall in underlying earnings came despite solid operating results. The group managed to lift overall production volumes by 3% over the year and also reducing labour, energy and materials costs. These benefits were offset by lower aluminium and thermal coal prices. Its Hillside Aluminium operations in South Africa hit record production in FY19 but still ran at a loss as the realised sales price fell 8.6% to US$2,035/t and operating unit costs rose 12% to US$2,045/t.
  • Production at S32’s Illawarra Metallurgical coal jumped 57% as operating margins grew rapidly from 15% in FY18 to 48% in FY19 on a significant slide in costs and slight improvement sale price. Its manganese business has been relatively steady. Unsurprisingly, aluminium and energy coal operating margins fell sharply.
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  • South32 has also lowered its final dividend by 54% to US2.8 cents per share (cps), down from US6.2 cps in FY18. The dividend will be fully franked and paid on 10 October 2019 with an ex-dividend date of 12 September 2019. S32 has maintained its 40% ratio of underlying earnings.
Outlook

  • Group production is again expected to increase by 3% in FY20. But S32 have lowered South Africa Energy Coal FY20 saleable coal production guidance to between 26.0 and 28.0Mt.
  • Cost guidance is expected to be lower for its Cannington silver and lead mine and at its manganese operations in South Africa, but costs are expected to rise at its Illawarra metallurgical coal mine.




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S32 suffers from a couple of challenges
1. being thought of as the ones BHP didn't want to hold.
2. Not ticking the boxes for a new economy, being a 20th C extractive dinosaur

Pt 1 is true to a certain extent, but some of this is based on scale and longevity, the leviathan didn't allocate time or capital to what was considered 2nd tier and unloved, in their portfolio...

Pt 2 may actually work in valuation favour, as the 'taint' of coal and mineral resource extraction means that many investors will make a reflex NO (an Adani moment)

But ultimately, it's where the assets held sit in the quartiles of global production as well as the cyclical nature of demand/ supply realities. At present S32 is in a fairly good place, I'd think.



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S32 is one of "four beaten up stocks" that NAB share trade group see as recovery stocks.


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Market capitalisation: $15.9 billion
12-month total return: –6.8%
FY20 projected yield: 4.4%, fully franked
Analysts’ consensus price target: $3.84 (Thomson Reuters), $3.75 (FN Arena)
South 32 was spun out of BHP in 2015 as a result of the parent company deciding to focus on its four commodity “pillars” of iron ore, oil, copper, and coal. The commodities outside this core portfolio (mainly aluminium, manganese, nickel, silver and lead) were spun off into South32, which generates about two-thirds of its earnings from aluminium (including alumina) and manganese. South 32 is also involved in coking (steelmaking) coal in Australia (Illawarra) and thermal (electricity) coal in South Africa, but the latter business is up for sale.

Being a diversified miner, it is rare that all commodities in the portfolio are going well, and the March quarterly production report disappointed: S32 cut FY19 production guidance by 4-5% for alumina and 6% for thermal coal. On the plus side, the manganese assets are performing strongly – and the company’s silver exposure is also punching above its weight.

Analysts expect S32 to show earnings per share (EPS) falls in FY19 and FY20 (the company reports in US$), but the fall from above $4.20 in October to current levels around $3.20 has opened up value that retail investors appear to be picking up on, with the added attraction of a prospective dividend yield in the range of 4.4%–4.6%, fully franked.


It is a producer, it sells stuff, and may even make a profit.
It has a yield three times what the bank is offering on deposits.
I am in, based mainly on its silver potential.
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Shares in S32, (a $18.5 billion company) jumped more than 3 per cent to $3.80 in early trading on Thursday after its half-year results exceeded analyst expectations.

South32 said it would pay a special dividend after reporting a $US635 million ($895.6 million) first-half profit. Shareholders will receive an interim dividend of US5.1¢ (7.2¢) and a special dividend of US1.7¢ (2.4¢) a share, both fully franked, on April 4.

The move to return $US511 million to shareholders through the two dividends completes 87 per cent of South32's $US1 billion capital management program.The remaining $US127 million is scheduled to be returned to shareholders by April 10 through the company's share buying program


Capital management.



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it finally lift over the reasoned trading range [3.00---4.00]

really happy for the long termer ,
now aimed for over 5.00 bucks. tongue.gif



 
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Alumina, South32, BHP among top picks for Macquarie


Macquarie picked three winners - today at least - all 3 performed well today. S32 up 7.32%, on the back of the news the worlds largest alumina refiner, Alunorte, had ceased production indefinitely. Alumina Limited was the best performer out of the three, rising 10.8%.

BHP rose mainly on the back of suggestion of a major boost in demand for copper
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Alumina, South32, BHP among top picks for Macquarie

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"South32 was the main benefactor from the changes to our commodity price forecasts due to its exposure to alumina spot sales," Macquarie said in its report.

"The stock continues to offer more upside to our base case using spot prices compared to BHP and Rio Tinto. South32's earnings rise significantly due to the upgrades to alumina more than offsetting weaker base metals and silver prices. Our FY19, FY20 and FY21 earnings rise 17 per cent, 29 per cent and 26 per cent."

https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/...20180926-h15vyx

Stockhead article on Macquarie's commodity price forecasts contains a couple of charts and can be viewed here->https://stockhead.com.au/resources/which-way-will-the-key-commodities-go-in-the-next-two-years-in-one-chart/
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