Perenti delivers solid FY2021 Results: proactively managing headwinds and positioning for growth

Perenti has delivered an FY21 result consistent with its revised expectations, achieving solid operational performance and growth from its Underground Mining business and an improved second half performance from its Surface Mining business.

This solid result was delivered in a year where the Company’s financial performance was impacted by headwinds including the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our international operations, tighter Australian labour market and a strengthening Australian dollar.

Perenti continues to invest in our people, systems and mining equipment to build strong foundations and support the ramp-up of the Company’s key growth projects in FY22 to deliver business growth in FY23 and beyond.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said: “Firstly, I want to recognise our people, who provided high quality mining services to our clients with a focus on continuity of operations to deliver enduring value and certainty.

“Our Underground business continued to be a standout performer, delivering a third consecutive year of earnings growth with a strong FY21 contribution. Impressively, this growth has been delivered in a year where we saw the slower than anticipated ramp up at several recently secured international projects due to the prolonged, and ever-changing, nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As expected, due to the planned contraction of our Surface Mining business following our strategic transition out of Yanfolila and Boungou, FY21 revenue, EBIT(A) and margins were softer than FY20. Pleasingly during the second half of FY21, earnings and margins generated by the Surface business more than doubled compared to the first half.

This tangible and sustainable improvement in performance is attributable to the implementation of the findings of the AMS Strategic Review and continued solid performance from our Australian business. We are in a good position to move our AMS business forward and are encouraged by securing the Motheo and Iduapriem contracts, both of which are examples of the quality of contracts that AMS will pursue.”

“The Investments business navigated difficult conditions during FY21 with softer east coast equipment rental market conditions impacting revenue and earnings. In response, we revitalised the leadership team and have increased our market activities including the implementation of a more targeted sales strategy, which has increased asset utilisation rates by 5 per cent since December 2020.

“We continue to look to the future. Throughout FY21 we made prudent investments in our people and systems, while managing our balance sheet to ensure we are well positioned to fund our 2025 strategic growth aspirations. An integral part of this strategic growth is our technology driven service offering, idoba, launched in July. Through idoba we plan to improve our competitive advantage by developing a unique capability in emerging digital mining, technology and innovation.”

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Perenti secures new surface mining contract at Iduapriem gold mine in Ghana

Perenti is pleased to announce that AMAX, a joint venture between Perenti’s surface mining business in Africa, African Mining Services and leading Ghanaian mining services company, MAXMASS has been awarded a new $470 million five-year contract at AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem gold mine in the Western Region of Ghana.

The new contract is structured as a 60:40 joint venture agreement between AMS and MAXMASS and represents AMS’s significant and ongoing commitment to developing and expanding the capacity and capability of our local partners.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said the continued transformation of AMS, including the winning of quality projects underpinned by robust financial and commercial disciplines remains a key strategic initiative in Perenti’s 2025 Group Strategy.

“We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with our long-standing client, AngloGold Ashanti. AMS has a reputation for delivering excellence while generating enduring value and certainty for stakeholders and the award of this new contract at a site where AMS has previously operated for AngloGold Ashanti provides further support for that reputation. We look forward to continuing to partner with AngloGold Ashanti.”

Perenti Mining Chief Executive Officer, Paul Muller, said AMS had a long history of delivering operational excellence and value to clients, having provided mining services in Ghana for 30 years.

“We have provided surface mining services at the Iduapriem gold mine since 2012, establishing a successful partnership with AngloGold Ashanti. We look forward to continuing to strengthen this partnership and also welcome the opportunity to work with our newest joint venture partner, MAXMASS.

“We have a strong commitment to support and build local capability to generate social and economic value for the regions in which we operate. Under this contract, and through the AMAX joint venture, we expect to continue to support the many local businesses that have become important suppliers and contractors to our operations under previous contracts. The joint venture also expects to employ more than 475 Ghanaians with approximately 40% of the workforce employed from the surrounding local communities and the remaining 60% from other regions within Ghana.”

Perenti to partner with Sandfire Resources at the Motheo Project in Botswana

Perenti is pleased to announce its surface mining business in Africa, African Mining Services (AMS), has been awarded the contract for open pit mining services at the Sandfire Resources Motheo Copper Project (Motheo) in Ghanzi, Botswana.

The contract, which is yet to be finalised, has an estimated value of US$496 million (A$648 million at 100% basis) over an initial term of seven years and three months with a provision for a one-year extension.

Under the terms of the Mining Services Contract, AMS will identify a suitable local Botswana company or companies as a Joint Venture partner for the project and transition to the joint venture before the commencement of mining in early 2022.

Perenti Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mark Norwell said Motheo represents a game changing growth opportunity for AMS and will substantially increase Perenti’s presence in Botswana, one of the world’s most attractive mining jurisdictions, ranked the eleventh most attractive region for global mining investmenti and holds Africa’s strongest credit rating of BBB+ from S&P.

“Partnering with Sandfire is a great opportunity and collectively we share a strong commitment to the creation of shareholder value while demonstrating the highest standards of safety, responsibility and sustainability. We look forward to demonstrating our capabilities as we deliver on our commitments at the Motheo Project.

“Growing our footprint in Botswana is aligned with our 2025 strategy, to further expand into stable mining jurisdictions and pursue quality projects. The benefit of adding Motheo to the Perenti project portfolio is the opportunity to leverage our existing in-region operational presence at Zone 5 as well as partnering with Sandfire to develop Botswana’s next large-scale, highly productive, world-class copper mine.

“The Motheo project is another positive step in the ongoing transformation of our AMS business as we seek to create value and certainty for our client Sandfire and the Ghanzi community.” Mr Norwell added.

Mining Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said: “We are committed to creating a lasting, positive legacy in Botswana and we expect the Motheo project will create a significant number of high-quality employment opportunities and generate social and economic value for local and regional communities of Botswana. Through this commitment and the establishment of a local joint venture partnership, we expect that more than 95% of the workforce will be citizens of Botswana.

“Furthermore, and leveraging our existing Maun based state-of-the-art mining training centre, our workforce will have access to the latest mining techniques and technology to enable the creation of a safe, highly skilled and productive workforce to support economic growth and diversification within Botswana.

“We are also excited by the opportunity to deploy future-focussed mining technology initiatives on this project that will not only provide expected productivity and safety benefits to Sandfire but are also aligned with helping to achieve our combined sustainability goals.”

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Perenti Managing Director and CEO Mark Norwell addresses delegates at ADU2020 and talks about the Group’s 30-year African journey

 

Perenti Managing Director and CEO Mark Norwell presented on day one of the African Down Under 2020 conference at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth. Mr Norwell talked about Perenti’s 30-year journey in Africa through its businesses AMS, Barminco, AUMS, Supply Direct and Logistics Direct, and how strong relationships with stakeholders have underpinned the Group’s success in the region over three decades. A key theme in the presentation was community engagement and the Group’s strong track record of training African citizens and sharing skills and knowledge to leave a lasting legacy of education and economic benefit in the communities that we have become a part of. Finally, Mr Norwell touched on the Group’s response to COVID-19 and the extraordinary logistical efforts that the team has gone to in keeping its people safe and sustaining international and regional crew change activities that have enabled operational continuity for Perenti’s clients in Africa.

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Perenti delivers record revenue and EBITDA earnings in FY20

Perenti has delivered strong operating and financial results in FY20, demonstrating the strength of its global mining services business to withstand challenges and provide certainty. Perenti is set to deliver similar
revenue and operating margins in FY21, subject to COVID-19 impacts, with solid growth expected in FY22.

In FY20 Perenti delivered record revenue – exceeding $2 billion for the first time – record EBITDA, significantly strengthened its liquidity position, and has entered FY21 with more than $5 billion work in hand and almost
$11 billion in contract rollovers and targeted tender opportunities.

Perenti Managing Director & CEO, Mark Norwell said the FY20 financial results reflected the team’s ability to successfully navigate a turbulent year and deliver value and certainty for Perenti’s clients and investors.

“To report record revenue and earnings, end the year in a stronger financial position than 12 months ago, and maintain a substantial order book is impressive, but to do so in the midst of the operational and economic
challenges presented by COVID-19 is exceptional,” Mr Norwell said.

“Perenti experienced isolated impacts of COVID-19 at Perenti’s projects, with a strong response by our internal executive led COVID-19 taskforce. The company also achieved tangible progress against key initiatives under the
2025 Group strategy, positioning Perenti for the future.

“Of note, we converted close to 100 per cent of earnings into cash, remained focused on capital discipline, and made considerable progress in transforming our Surface business in Africa, AMS, with stronger financial
performance in the second half of FY20. Meanwhile, Underground delivered standout financial and operational performance through the Barminco and AUMS businesses across both Australia and Africa.

“We also secured almost $1 billion in contact extensions and new work across our Surface and Underground ISGs in FY20 and successfully commenced operations in attractive mining jurisdictions of Botswana and Canada.

“Importantly, we continued to look to the future by investing in the business and our people that will enable us to deliver on our 2025 Group strategy.

“The results and achievements reflect the dedication of our high calibre team and the strength of our operating discipline and I would like to thank our employees and their families for their support.”

For more information on Perenti’s FY20 Results visit the investors page .

Perenti Group Managing Director Mark Norwell outlines company response to COVID-19

Yesterday morning Perenti Group Managing Director & CEO Mark Norwell spoke to investors regarding the situation facing the Group and how it is responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

He stressed that to date there has been minimal impact on the company’s operations but Perenti remains mindful of the considerable impact COVID-19 is having globally.

Mr Norwell said the company’s key priorities in dealing with COVID-19 is the health and safety of its people, limiting the spread of the virus and delivering value for its customers by doing everything possible to continue operating safely in what is a complex and everchanging environment.

“We are focused on protecting the wellbeing of our people and working closely with key stakeholders so that we can continue to operate safely and effectively during this unprecedented period,” he said.

 “We are doing all that we can to minimise any disruption and we will continue to focus on capital management as part of our 2025 Group strategy to ensure Perenti is well positioned to deliver through all economic cycles.”

Mr Norwell also praised employees who had gone above and beyond in recent weeks, especially expats who had stayed in country to support its international operations, FIFO workers for their resilience as well as the families of all its employees for their support and understanding.

Perenti reports strong FY20 H1 earnings as it delivers against 2025 strategy

Perenti has delivered a strong result in HY20, with the Company on track to meet its most recent FY20 earnings guidance. Perenti Managing Director Mark Norwell said the HY20 results demonstrated the diversity and resilience of the expanded Group.

“At a Group level our underlying earnings were strong, which was an impressive achievement, given the challenges in African Mining Services (AMS), demonstrating the breadth of Perenti’s portfolio,” Mr Norwell said.

“Perenti’s underground mining business, across Australia and Africa, performed exceptionally well, with earnings growing by more than one-third over the prior corresponding period as we successfully integrated Barminco into the Perenti group.

“Meanwhile, in our surface mining business, our Ausdrill operations in Australia performed in line with expectations but our AMS operations in Africa delivered an unsatisfactory result that impacted Group earnings.

“A key focus of our 2025 Group strategy has been on the transformation of AMS, with a range of initiatives underway including enhanced earnings, cash conversion, and efficient capital management.

“In addition to the AMS transformation initiative, a strategic review of AMS has now commenced that will thoroughly assess the business more broadly.

“In November, 19 of our employees tragically lost their lives and a further 26 were injured as a result of an unprecedented terrorist attack in Burkina Faso. In response, we reassessed where and how we operate, with Perenti ceasing operations in Burkina Faso’s higher risk locations given the current security situation. We also continue to do everything possible to ensure that all injured employees, work colleagues and impacted families are receiving the best possible care and support.”

To see the full FY20 H1 results please visit the Investor Section of our website.

Perenti Surface Business secures more than $150 million in work

Perenti Surface Business secures more than $150 million in work • PROJECTS PEOPLE 7

Perenti is pleased to announce its Surface Mining Industry Sector Group (ISG) has been awarded $155.5 million in new and extended contracts.

Perenti Group Managing Director Mark Norwell said the contracts reflected Perenti’s ability to deliver value for its clients by performing quality work across the Group’s diverse Surface portfolio.

“We have been targeting a strong pipeline of surface and underground work and I am pleased we continue to convert these opportunities into secured contracts across a range of different projects in both Australia and Africa,” Mr Norwell said.

“These latest awards add to $165 million in surface work we announced in December 2019 and the $200 million contract we recently announced for our Underground ISG.

Perenti Surface Chief Executive Officer Scott Winter added: “Through our surface business, we continue to demonstrate our leading expertise and reputation in the sector. This has resulted in a number of contract extensions and expansions for our quality client base.”

The new work, extensions, and expansion of scope is across ten projects, with highlights including:
• A 3-year contract (with options to extend) for production drilling services with Boggabri Coal Operations (a part of Idemitsu Australia Resources Group) at its Boggabri Mine in New South Wales.
• A 3-year contract extension with a major iron ore producer for reverse circulation (RC) and grade control (GC) drilling at its Western Australian operations.
• A 12-month contract extension with Consolidated Minerals to support current mining operations and regional expansion projects.
• Expansion of services for a major mining contractor in Queensland which will double the contract value across the current three-year contract duration.
• A 12-month extension to existing works at Gold Fields’ St Ives and Granny Smith projects, which involves land and lake rigs for air core, RC and diamond drilling.
• An equipment hire agreement with E&P at Gold Fields’ Damang Mine in Ghana.

Full ASX Announcement can be downloaded here.