Perenti and ABB agree to jointly explore solutions to help mining customers decarbonise operations

Perenti has signed an agreement with leading global technology company ABB to collaborate and explore approaches to support net zero emissions targets for underground and open-pit mines. Experts from the two companies will work together to address electrification in mine hauling operations, power distribution, energy efficiency and power management.

Perenti’s significant mining expertise and technical capability will be complemented by ABB’s technology expertise. Together, the teams plan to explore business models and solutions to provide wider services for pilot, brownfield and greenfield mining customer projects to support the electrification of operations.

ABB has been calling for open collaboration within the mining industry and has taken action on several similar initial non-binding agreements to build commitments with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), technology innovators and mining companies. Key relationships have subsequently been formalised, with technologies and solutions created as a result of these deals.

“Mining customers are committed to facing environmental, societal and economic challenges head on as they aim to decarbonise mining operations,” said Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB. “With ABB’s sector leading position in electric-mine technology development, and Perenti’s excellence and experience in mine development and mine operations, the scope of this collaboration is a perfect opportunity to make real progress in providing electric solutions that will decarbonise the industry.”

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Mark Norwell, Perenti Managing Director & CEO with Joachim Braun, Divisional President, Process Industries, ABB

“ABB and Perenti share a vision to develop energy efficient solutions for the mining industry,” said Mark Norwell, Managing Director & CEO, Perenti. “By combining our experience across mining operations and digital solutions with ABB’s leading technologies we are focused on supporting the decarbonisation of mining through electrification. We look forward to working with ABB on this exciting new venture.”

ABB is committed to creating sustainable progress for today and for future generations by helping mining customers through their energy transition. ABB launched its ABB Ability™ eMine portfolio of technologies and methodologies last year, an approach to make the all-electric mine possible, with fully integrated electrification and digital systems from mine to port.

Perenti is committed to acting on climate change through promoting innovation, developing and deploying low emissions technology and working with its clients to implement projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. 

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Perenti posts strong finish to FY22 and well positioned for further earnings growth in FY23

Perenti has delivered strong FY22 financial and operational results, headlined by a significant step-up in 2H22 earnings, and continued improvement in leverage.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said: “Our strategic focus on maximising cashflow generation from our activities, effectively managing capital and driving operational performance, combined with the professionalism, dedication and resilience of our people, has enabled Perenti to deliver solid financial results for FY22, with a strong second half.

“Our 9,000 employees continue to show dedication, passion and resilience, collectively contributing to our improving performance. On behalf of the Board and Group Executive Committee, I thank them for everything they have done in what remains a challenging environment.

“We have continued to re-shape our business and are positioned to create a blended portfolio of complementary services through three operating divisions. This portfolio will be underpinned by our Contract Mining Division, which remains our core business and is the source of our major growth projects with globally recognised and respected brands.

“Our portfolio also includes the divisions of Mining Services and idoba, which will both support our contract mining activities as well as provide strong medium and long-term growth opportunities in new and future facing services, with lower capital intensity.

“Combined with a streamlined corporate centre, Perenti is positioned to deliver a step-up in cash backed profits in FY23, with further improvements expected to drive earnings growth through to FY25 and beyond.”

For more information on Perenti’s FY22 Full Year Results visit our Investor Centre.

Perenti announces strategic investment in idoba by Sumitomo Corporation

Perenti is pleased to announce it has successfully executed a share sale agreement in relation to a strategic investment by Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo) in idoba, Perenti’s technology informed services business. The transaction further strengthens Sumitomo’s commitment to the idoba business, following the Memorandum of Understanding announced in February 2022.

Under the Agreement, Sumitomo will acquire 10% of the issued shares in idoba for a total of $5.4 million. This implies a current idoba Equity Value of $54.0 million and Enterprise Value of $80.0 million reflecting the unique value proposition of the idoba ecosystem, and the significant embedded growth potential within both its consulting services and suite of Software as a Service products.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Perenti, said that the strategic investment in idoba by a world class counterparty is in recognition of the embedded value of idoba within Perenti, and the substantial growth opportunity that the business represents.

More information on the agreement can be found in our Investor Centre.

Perenti secures additional ~$520 million of Australian revenue with new Cowal Underground contract

 

Perenti is pleased to announce that its Barminco underground mining business has been awarded the contract for all underground development and production works for Evolution Mining’s Cowal Underground project in New South Wales.

Barminco, a leading global underground mining services business, with operations in Australia, Africa and North America, is currently developing an exploration decline and conducting diamond drilling services at Cowal. The award of this new contract significantly expands Barminco’s scope at the site to include the development of a second portal, all underground development and production works, and associated underground mining services required to support the continued mill feed of underground ore.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti said the award of the Cowal contract aligns with Perenti’s strategy of increasing its earnings in top-tier regions and with top-tier clients.

“The Cowal contract represents one of the largest underground mining projects in Barminco’s history, generating revenue of nearly $520 million with an initial term of four years, from a contract commencement date in early July 2022,” Mr Norwell said.

“This contract award represents not only a significant expansion and continuation of our first underground contract in New South Wales but is also a fantastic opportunity for Perenti to build on our strong working relationship with Evolution, one of Australia’s premier gold mining companies.”

Mining Chief Executive Officer, Paul Muller said, “Our purpose is to create enduring value and certainty for our clients, our people, our shareholders and the communities in which we work. At Cowal we will prioritise local and indigenous training and employment and local procurement opportunities while maintaining a transparent and consistent approach to community and indigenous engagement. We look forward to working with Evolution to develop a safe, sustainable, highly-productive world class operation in New South Wales.”

To read the ASX release visit the ASX announcements section of our website.

Perenti delivers solid results in-line with expectations

Perenti has delivered solid financial and operational results for the six months ended 31 December 2021 that reflect significant revenue growth despite the continued COVID-19 challenges, while progressing the ramp-up of several growth projects and taking proactive portfolio and capital management measures to generate cash and support sustainable leverage reduction.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said: “We are pleased with the overall performance of the Group over the last six months. The business has delivered solid consolidated results that show an improvement on the prior half and are consistent with guidance despite the continuation, and in some cases worsening, of macro-economic and operating conditions.

“Labour has remained tight, supply chains have continued to see disruptions, and the impacts of COVID-19 have arguably worsened both domestically and internationally. Yet despite this, our people have remained resilient which is absolutely appreciated by all of our Executives and the Board.

“Impressively, we welcomed almost 1,000 additional employees into the business, we continued to see improvements in our AMS business reflecting the positive outcomes of our recent strategic review and remained focused on delivering on our commitments while creating enduring value for all stakeholders.

“Looking ahead to the remainder of FY22, we expect the current macro-economic landscape to persist until the end of FY22 but remain confident in Perenti’s ability to continue to deliver on our commitments to our employees, our clients, our suppliers and our shareholders.”

To the full Perenti 1H22 Results media release.   

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.”

You can read the full ASX Release here.

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

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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.