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Jubilee Metals Group Ended 2018 on a high, delivering record production at its Hernic operation

Leon Coetzer, Jubilee Metals Chief Executive Officer, says:

“Jubilee ended 2018 on a high, delivering record production at its Hernic operation and increased operational earnings for Q4 of 2018. This performance was achieved during a period which is generally challenged by the festive period.

I am particularly pleased with the commissioning of our advanced fine chrome plant at DCM, which is delivering chrome concentrate to target specifications since early January. The fine chrome plant is targeting the recovery of chrome from the approximate 620 000 tonnes of chrome material contained in the existing DCM tailings. We intend to implement this technology into all our other operations in the near future.

We have also concluded the implementation of the PlatCro chrome transaction as announced in December and I will further update shareholders as we increase our exposure and involvement in the operation.”

Jubilee Metals Group (LON:JLP), today announced quarterly operations update Q4 2018

Highlights

· Combined quarterly operational earnings attributable to Jubilee up 13% to GBP 2.17 million (ZAR 40.08 million)

· Hernic PGM* quarterly production sets new record up 4% to 6 279 ounces over a historically challenged festive season

· DCM fine chrome project commenced commissioning and is delivering to specification high grade chrome concentrate

· PlatCro PGM Project commenced operation of its hydro-mining and dewatering facility

· PlatCro Chrome transaction implemented in accordance with the sale and purchase agreement

* 6 Element Platinum Group Metals

 

Hernic Operations – Platinum and Chrome (South Africa)

The Hernic operation continues to deliver a strong performance maintaining its proud record of performance improvement quarter on quarter since commissioning in 2017. Platinum delivered increased to 6 279 for Q4 of 2018. The project maintained its low cost base producing below USD400 per PGM ounce. We continued to deliver to further increase the production rate consistent with the increase in reclaimed surface material delivered by Hernic.

The table below presents the comparative quarterly performance of the Hernic operation:

Tailings processed tonnes

PGM ounces delivered

Project revenue  (GBP’000)1

Project revenue  (ZAR’000)2

Project earnings3(GBP’000)

Project earnings (ZAR’000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (GBP’000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR’000)

Unit cost / PGM oz (USD)4

Total Q2 2018

119 479

5 800

3,308

56,761

1,612

27,686

1,612

27,686

397

Total Q3 2018

 135 146

 6 009

 3 356

 61,785

 1,920

 35,523

 1,920

 35,523

 311

Total Q4 2018

 132 037

 6 279

 3 737

 68,807

 2,173

 40,078

 2,173

 40,078

 320

Project to date

805 215

30 420

17,098

302,562

8,197

146,325

8,197

146,325

389

 

 

1= Revenue from the current project phase – 100% attributable to Jubilee until full capital recovery. Revenue is projected based on latest      average PGM market prices and USD exchange rates and results are only final once final Quotational Period has passed

2= Average monthly conversion rates used

3= Project Earnings include all incurred operational costs including management services and mineral royalties

4= Unit cost includes provision for utility overhead.

DCM Operation – Chrome (South Africa)

The construction of the DCM fine chrome recovery plant has been completed with commissioning commencing during Q4 2018. The commissioning has advanced successfully with the first chrome concentrate being produced to target grades from January 2019. This new fine chrome recovery plant is a significant milestone for Jubilee to demonstrate the recoverability of fine chrome at targeted concentrate grades.

During this period production rates at DCM were reduced to facilitate the integration of the new fine chrome recovery plant. It is expected that production rates will be ramped-up to the targeted plant capacity of 25 000 tonnes per month, in the near future.

The table below presents the operational quarterly performance of the DCM Operation:

Chromite concentrate produced

Tonnes

Project revenue (GBP’000)1

Project revenue  (ZAR’000)

Project earnings2(GBP’000)

Project earnings (ZAR’000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (GBP’000)

Jubilee attributable earnings (ZAR’000)

Total Q2 2018

9 461

1,066

18,297

74

1,264

37

632

Total Q3 2018

 8 053

 592

 10,824

(288)

(5,278)

(144)

(2,639)

Total Q4 2018

 8 958

 534

 9,840

(247)

(4,532)

(123)

(2,266)

Project to date3

 156 931

 16,367

 284,052

 7,325

 125,859

 2,550

 44,288

 

1 = Average monthly conversion rates used

2 = Project earnings include project expenditure on plant and equipment

3= Since April 2017

 

PlatCro PGM Operation – Platinum (South Africa)

The PlatCro PGM project has commissioned the hydro-mining and dewatering plant during the quarter. The Company expects to commence with the delivery of PGM rich material to the Eland Platinum concentrator during January 2019. The reclamation and dewatering plant will facilitate the ramp-up of material delivery to the Eland Platinum concentrator targeting a rate 50 000 to 60 000 tonnes of platinum rich material per month.

 

 

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