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.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC

Leading underground mining services provider Barminco, a subsidiary of Perenti, has successfully piloted a new operations centre that allows it to remotely operate underground equipment on a client’s mine site anywhere around the world.

In what the company believes is a world first, Barminco operated a machine, working underground, from its head office in Perth at a client mine site in the Goldfields. 

The innovation was made more impressive given the remote operation occurred via the internet, instead of through a fibre-optic cable, which is the method that mine owner-operators have historically used.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Operating remotely from Perth
Operating remotely from Perth

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller announced the momentous achievement at the third annual Sandvik Digitalization in Mining Event in Brisbane.

“Barminco has cemented its place as one of the world’s leading underground mining service providers through the use of technology and automation,” Mr Muller said.

“A key strategic initiative under our parent company, Perenti’s, 2025 strategy is to deliver a ‘technology driven future’, and our ability to remotely operate underground machinery from our head office is a significant achievement in delivering on that strategy.”

The Barminco Remote Operating Centre or BROC was successfully trialled in collaboration with Sandvik and Independence Group NL (IGO) back in July of this year.

The new system was trialled in the early morning at Barminco’s Head Office in Hazlemere (Perth, Western Australia) for a machine located at IGO’s Nova Minesite, almost 1000 kilometres away.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Map PerthToNova Distance
Map Perth to Nova – Distance
Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Remote operations onsite at Nova 1
Remote operations onsite at Nova

Barminco General Manager Technology and Innovation Darren Kwok said the trial was a great success.

“Whilst many mine sites have operators remotely operating equipment from the mine’s surface, we are one of the first, if not the first service provider, to operate underground equipment on a client’s site from a much greater distance,” Mr Kwok said.

“BROC enables us to connect multiple sites and operators at the same time, meaning if there is an issue at any point, we have contingencies in place.”

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Barminco Remote Loader Operator
Barminco Remote Loader Operator

Barminco’s first trial involved the remote operation of a Sandvik LH517 loader being operated in Perth by Barminco employee, Guy Gilbert and Mr Kwok said Barminco was now working with IGO to make BROC a permanent fixture at their Nova mine site.

“The advantages in improving the safety of our workplace and the efficiencies for our clients are enormous,” Mr Kwok said.

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Surface Remote Operations at Nova
Surface Remote Operations at Nova

Independence Group Chief Operating Officer Matt Dusci said the Company was thrilled to be part of the successful trial.

“At IGO, we continually look for ways to improve how we do business and deliver operational excellence. By integrating innovative SMART solutions at our operations, such as working with Barminco on BROC, we improve the safety and wellbeing of our people, realise step change opportunities, and optimise efficiencies and productivity,” Mr Dusci said.

“Our future plan is to have a dedicated remote operating centre manned 24/7 where our team and our client’s people can work collaboratively side by side to deliver a world class mine-site,” Mr Kwok said.

“Clients who work with Barminco should expect more from our business along with the broader Perenti group of companies and BROC is one such example of how we are delivering on this promise.”

Barminco successfully pilots Remote Operations Centre – BROC • Underground remote set up at Nova
Underground remote set-up at Nova

The Sandvik event concludes tomorrow and showcases best practice examples of industry leaders integrating digitalization into their operations across the mining, construction and quarrying industries.

The announcement comes just over a week after Barminco was awarded Large Employer of the Year 2019 at the National Australian Training Awards in Brisbane.

The award acknowledges a company which is focused on upskilling and advancing its employees and we were recognised for our leading focus on ensuring our employees are the best they can be.

Perenti delivers on transformational year, forecasts growth in FY20

Diversified mining services company Perenti Global Limited (Perenti) (ASX: PRN) has delivered a strong result, outperforming earnings guidance for the third consecutive year whilst successfully completing the acquisition of underground mining contractor Barminco that has transformed the business.

Perenti Managing Director and CEO Mark Norwell said the FY19 results demonstrated the scale of the Group’s transformation during the year.

“This strong result demonstrates our ability to continue to deliver for our clients in the year whilst ensuring we successfully integrated the Barminco business,” Mr Norwell said.

“We have evolved from an Australian drilling business into a global mining services company, with a workforce of more than 8,000 people working at more than 50 projects across four continents.

“We have used this transformational year to build on our proud heritage by establishing a new operating model and implementing the 2025 Group strategy, with our aspiration to become the indispensable mining services company.

“Our recent group rebrand to Perenti gives us a strong and identifiable brand in the market and a platform to grow our business in the future while the evolution of our tagline to Expect More supports our aspiration and purpose, underlining our commitment to deliver for all our stakeholders.

“With a strong balance sheet and an order book that has grown to $7.0 billion after securing $3.4 billion in new and extended contracts since 1 July 2018, Perenti is well positioned for growth in FY20.”

To view the full ASX release and Annual Report visit our Investor Centre.

Introducing the new name in mining services – Perenti

Ausdrill Limited is pleased to announce that the Ausdrill Group is adopting a new brand and identity, “Perenti“. “Perenti Global Limited” will be the trading name of the Group company and listed entity and will sit above the Industry Sector Groups (ISGs); Surface Mining, Underground Mining and Investments.

The Board considers the new name and brand better reflect the Group’s status as a diversified global mining services group and provides a strong platform that will support the Group’s strategic direction and future growth ambitions. 

The Group’s Managing Director Mark Norwell said the change represents a new chapter in the Group’s proud history and is a natural step given the evolution of the business. 

“Over the past year there has been transformational change within the Group. We have doubled our revenue through the acquisition of Barminco, developed a new strategy and implemented a new operating model to set a platform for future growth.

“We have evolved from an Australian drilling company into a global mining services company that has businesses in surface mining, underground mining and mining support services (our Investment ISG). We have offices and operations in four continents across 13 countries and we employ more than 8,000 people globally.”

Mr Norwell said having a strong, identifiable brand is a critical enabler of the Group’s growth strategy.

“As a group of businesses we are resilient and agile and have the ability to embrace change, a key aspect that is directly embedded in our company principles. We also pride ourselves on successfully operating in many challenging and remote locations the world over.

“This name change is more than cosmetic, it’s an important step in culturally binding our businesses together under a common identity and it supports our new aspiration, purpose and strategy we rolled out earlier in the year,” Mr Norwell said.

Existing customer facing brand names will be retained as they are well established in their respective markets. The Ausdrill name has a long and proud history and that name will be retained for the Group’s surface drilling operations in Australia. In addition, our other iconic brands such as Barminco, BTP, AMS and more, will continue to be used in their own right.

To support the new brand and direction the Group has also evolved its tagline from Bringing More to Mining, to Expect More, underlining a commitment to all its stakeholders. 

“For the Group to achieve our aspiration and deliver our purpose we have to constantly raise the bar in everything we do. Our stakeholders, whether they are customers, suppliers, employees or the communities we operate in, should Expect More from us,” he said.

For more information visit our investor page.

Group Managing Director Mark Norwell’s presentation at Diggers and Dealers 2019

Perenti Global was the only mining services company to be presenting at Diggers & Dealers 2019. The message from our Group Managing Director Mark Norwell at the mining forum was clear. The Group has undergone transitional change over the last 12 months, doubling our revenue, bolstering our leadership team and laying the foundation blocks for future growth. These are exciting times to be part of the Group.

AMS appointed preferred open pit mining contractor at Sanbrado

The Group is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, African Mining Services (AMS), has been selected as the preferred open-pit mining contractor by West African Resources Limited (ASX: WAF) at the Sanbrado Gold Project in Burkina Faso.

The Sanbrado Gold Project is a low-cost, high-grade operation located only 90 kilometres from the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, and is the 14th commercial gold mine in Burkina Faso in 14 years.

The project economics are robust, with Sanbrado forecast to have average annual production of 217,000oz gold at All-In Sustaining Costs of less than US$600/oz in its first five years of mine life.

The AMS scope of work includes a full suite of open pit mining services – including site preparation, drill and blast, load and haul, and maintenance works – over a five year term, generating approximately AUD$235 million in revenue under a schedule of rates contract.

AMS anticipates it will employ approximately 190 personnel at the project, with the workforce to be predominantly local. AMS expects to use a mix of new and existing equipment to deliver on the project.

AMS and West African Resources are in the process of finalising the contract terms, which will include the provision of an optional deferred payment arrangement for up to US$10m at a commercial interest rate, with works expected to commence in early CY2020.

Perenti Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said:“A key focus for the group has been to enhance our surface operations in Africa and target substantial growth opportunities across a range of commodities in select African countries.

“Being selected as preferred contractor at the Sanbrado Gold Project is a significant achievement and represents the excellent progress we are making in building on the suite of quality projects on which AMS operates in the region.”

Ausdrill Surface CEO, Scott Winter, said: “The Group has been operating in Africa for almost 30 years and we will draw on our leading expertise in open pit contract mining to deliver on this exciting new gold project for West African Resources.”

West African Resources Managing Director, Richard Hyde, said: “Sanbrado is the highest margin gold project in construction in West Africa and we are on target for approximately 300,000 ounces of gold in the first 12 months of production. We look forward to partnering with AMS to bring this fully funded project into production in mid-2020.”

Barminco secures five year A$800 million contract in Botswana

Diversified mining services company Perenti Global Limited (ASX: PRN) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, leading hard-rock underground miner Barminco, has been awarded a 5-year underground mining services contract at the Zone 5 Mine in Botswana from Khoemacau Copper Mining (Pty) Limited (Khoemacau) worth approximately A$800 million.

Perenti Managing Director Mark Norwell said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this significant contract in Botswana, a highly desirable country to do business in Africa. This contract award is further endorsement of our acquisition of Barminco and its strong contribution to our international growth strategy.”

Khoemacau’s Zone 5 operation is a new, large and long-life mine development project located in the highly-prospective Kalahari copper belt in Botswana. Barminco’s scope of services includes mine development, establishment of underground mine infrastructure, diamond drilling and mine production at an initial rate of 3.6 million tonnes per annum of copper ore with multiple expansion opportunities.

Barminco will commence mining services in December 2019. In awarding the contract, Cupric Canyon Capital and Khoemacau Chief Executive Officer Johan Ferreira said: “We are delighted to partner with Barminco at Zone 5 to create a safe, largescale, highly productive and fully mechanised mine, delivering high quality employment and sustainable skills development and employment outcomes for Botswana citizens.”

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said: “In addition to excellent safety, quality and productivity outcomes at Zone 5, success will also be measured by the creation of a highly skilled local workforce through effective training, skills transfer and leading technology programs.”