12th January 2023
Anglesey Mining plc
(“Anglesey” or “the Company”)
Anglesey acquires a further 29.8% of Grängesberg Iron AB
Anglesey Mining plc (AIM:AYM), the UK minerals development company, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 29.8% of Grängesberg Iron AB (“GIAB”), the entity that owns the Grängesberg Iron Ore Project in Sweden, taking Anglesey’s stake to 49.75%.
Anglesey Mining plc has agreed with Roslagen Resources AB (“Roslagen”) to purchase Roslagen’s 29.8% stake in GIAB, taking Anglesey’s ownership level to 49.75%, and the assignment to Anglesey of 40% of outstanding subordinated debt owed to Roslagen by GIAB with a nominal value of £335,000, for a total consideration of £525,000, to be satisfied as follows:
A cash payment on completion of SEK 1,090,000 (c.£87,000), funded from the Company’s existing resources; and,
The issue to Roslagen of 14,544,827 new ordinary shares of Anglesey Mining at a price of 3.0 pence per share (the “Consideration Shares”), to be held in escrow for twelve months from the date of issue. A further announcement will be made upon the issue of the Consideration Shares.
At the closing of the transaction, Roslagen will hold 4.9% of the expanded capital of Anglesey and will also continue to hold approximately SEK 6,280,000 (£500,000) in subordinated debt due from GIAB
Anglesey has a Right of First Refusal on the remaining 50.25% of GIAB
Andreas Simoncic, a director and shareholder of Roslagen will remain on the Board of GIAB
The Updated PFS for Grängesberg completed in July 2022 highlighted the robust economics of the asset with a post-tax NPV8 of US$688m, at an iron ore price of US$120/tonne, 62% Fe, CFR China benchmark, and FOB costs of US$53/t to the ice-free port of Oxelösund, Sweden
Previously, revenue was also generated from the sale of apatite concentrates (17-19% P) produced from the tailings stream. While the PFS indicates potential apatite production of 210ktpa, no sales have yet been included in the financial evaluation. This product also contains elevated rare earth content
The Swedish Mining Inspectorate granted Grängesberg Iron AB a 25-year mining concession for the iron ore mine in 2013
Jo Battershill, Chief Executive of Anglesey Mining, commented: “We are very excited to agree this transaction with Roslagen, increasing Anglesey’s holding in Grängesberg. We are also very pleased to retain the services of Andreas Simoncic on the Board of GIAB and welcome Roslagen’s ongoing involvement as an Anglesey shareholder. Andreas’ long history with the project will be an important component in moving Grängesberg forward.”
“We continue to believe the Grängesberg project has the potential to be restarted as one of Europe’s largest individual producers of iron ore concentrates. When combined with the high-grade nature of the concentrate and proximity to European steel mills, the asset clearly demonstrates highly strategic positioning.”
“As we have previously communicated, the opportunity for Anglesey Mining is now to advance the project through to a Financial Investment Decision. This could be completed along with securing a strategic investor, offtake partner, separate listing, or a combination of these options. However, we recognise that there is still a lot of work to complete at Grängesberg, including updating both the resource and reserve models and undertaking environmental assessment studies as preliminary steps to preparing a Feasibility Study.”
Additional Information on GIAB
As at 31 December 2021, GIAB had gross assets of SEK 90,091,613 (£7.2m). GIAB reported a loss before tax of SEK (6,001,706) (£0.48m) for the year ended 31 December 2021.
Background on Grängesberg Iron AB
Grängesberg Iron AB (“GIAB”) is a private Swedish company that was founded in 2007 by Roslagen with the target of re-opening the historic iron ore mine in Grängesberg.
In May 2014, as part of a financial and capital restructuring process in GIAB, Anglesey Mining entered into agreements giving it the right to acquire a controlling interest in the Grängesberg Iron Ore Project. The agreements included a payment of US$145,000 for a direct 6% interest in GIAB.
At the same time, Eurang Limited, a UK private company, agreed to invest $1.75 million, of which $1.25 million was invested in GIAB, for new shares representing a 51% shareholding interest in GIAB. The additional $500,000 was used to cover transaction costs, expenses and certain outstanding liabilities. Roslagen held the remaining shares. Anglesey also entered into shareholder and cooperation agreements such that Anglesey holds management control and operatorship of GIAB with three out of five directors to the board of GIAB including the Chair. Through this structure, Anglesey Mining retains a Right of First Refusal over the GIAB stake held by Eurang.
Anglesey Mining’s stake in GIAB was subsequently increased to the current 19.9% through working capital injections in the company since 2014, while Roslagen’s shareholding was diluted.
GIAB Balance Sheet
As part of the 2014 agreements and reorganisation, an outstanding loan in GIAB in the principal amount of US$3.5 million due to KII Holdings Limited, a Cypriot subsidiary company to a substantial Greek shipping group, was also renegotiated. At the end of December 2022, the liabilities on the GIAB balance sheet included outstanding debt of SEK 93,023,816 (£7.4m), which included SEK 79,675,695 (£6.3m) payable to KII and SEK 10,448,605 (£0.8m) to Roslagen, prior to the assignment of SEK 4,200,000 to Anglesey as part of the proposed transaction.
The debt is non-recourse to Anglesey Mining and all creditors have the right at maturity, or in connection with an IPO, to convert all or part of the loan into shares in GIAB at:
(i) valuation of GIAB in IPO; or,
(ii) valuation to be agreed or determined by independent investment bank
The term of this funding has been extended since the 2014 reorganisation and discussions are currently ongoing with respect to a further extension beyond the current expiry at the end of January, 2023.
Grängesberg Iron Ore Project
The Grängesberg Iron ore project, owned by GIAB, is located 10 km to the southwest of Ludvika in Dalarna County, central Sweden, within the Bergslagen mining district. The project is situated approximately 200 km northwest from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
The Grängesberg Mine produced iron ore from the late sixteenth century until 1990 when the mine closed due to the prevailing iron ore price. Grängesberg was one of Sweden's most important iron ore mines, next only to Kiruna and Malmberget and was producing approximately 4.0Mtpa in the latter years of operations.
At the time of closure significant amounts of iron ore were reported to still remain in the mine, which have been estimated by GIAB to NI43-101 standards. GIAB intend to re-open the iron ore mine for future production in line with the Pre-Feasibility Study Update completed in July 2022.
Resources and Reserves
The resource and reserve estimates for Grängesberg are provided below.
Resources were last estimated in 2014 to a cut-off grade of 20% Fe and with a minimum mining width of 10m applied.
Reserves were calculated to a cut-off grade 25% Fe and with a minimum mining width of 15m applied. The estimate also assumed 85% mining recovery and 15% mining dilution with a long-term pellet price of 180 US¢/dmtu Fe.
Key Project Metrics
The key project metrics from the July 2022 Pre-Feasibility Study Update are shown in the tables below.
2022 PFS Update
Ore to Mill
Life of Mine
Average annual Concentrate Output
All-in Sustaining Cost**
Post-tax Internal Rate of Return
Average annual Post-tax Operating Cashflow ***
* Cash costs are inclusive of mining costs, processing costs, site G&A, transportation charges to port and royalties
** All-in Sustaining Cost includes cash costs plus sustaining capital and closure cost
*** Post-tax Operating Cashflow based on iron ore price forecast of US$120/t China CFR 62% Fe benchmark
About Anglesey Mining plc
Anglesey Mining is traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and currently has 280,675,721 ordinary shares on issue.
Anglesey is developing its 100% owned Parys Mountain Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag-Au deposit in North Wales, UK with a 2020 reported resource of 5.2 million tonnes at 4.3% combined base metals in the Indicated category and 11.7 million tonnes at 2.8% combined base metals in the Inferred category.
Upon completion of the transaction Anglesey will hold an almost 50% interest in the Grangesberg Iron project in Sweden, together with management rights and a right of first refusal to increase its interest to 100%. Anglesey also holds 12% of Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited, which through its 52% owned subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration and development of direct shipping iron ore deposits in Labrador and Quebec.
For further information, please contact:
Anglesey Mining plc
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