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. 

You can read the full story in our Investor Centre.

Excellence in Mining – Winner

Perenti congratulates idoba’s President, Sarah Coleman, on winning the ‘Excellence in Mining Award’ at the national Women in Industry Awards night on Thursday 8th September at Doltone House, Jones Bay Warf, Sydney.

The Women in Industry Awards recognise outstanding women from across a range of industrial sectors, including those who work in mining, transport, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, bulk handling, waste management, rail and construction and infrastructure.

The ‘Excellence in Mining Award’ recognises an individual who has made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry. Sarah has vast experience in mining and management consulting, with an impressive background spanning operations, improvement, innovation, technology, and asset management.

Under Sarah’s leadership as President, idoba has grown through the strategic acquisitions of Optika Solutions, Orelogy, and Atmorphis, and is now a leading innovation ecosystem.

“I’ve had an amazing opportunity over the last couple of years to really look at how we rethink, transform and disrupt the mining industry. In my view we can’t innovate without diversity and I’m very privileged to say that our team is over 40% female and we have a strong autistic and neurodiverse contingent in the team.

Unlocking the potential of women in our industry has been a personal and professional passion of mine. It’s an incredible honour to be presented with the award and I am so excited to see current and future generations of excellent women bringing their unique ideas, perspective, and diverse skills to the mining and technology industries.” Sarah said.

Sarah has previously been recognised for her excellence, including being named in WA Business News’ ‘40 under 40’ list, acknowledged as a female finalist for ‘Most Outstanding Young Professional’ by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and named WA State Owner Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management.

Perenti Managing Director and CEO, Mark Norwell states,“We are extremely proud of Sarah and all of her achievements, both personal and professional. The work she has accomplished in bringing idoba to life is testament to her intelligence and dedication and it is great to see her hard work recognised at the Women in Industry Awards.”

idoba is a technology driven service offering for Perenti and the mining industry, that leverages in-house technology and data expertise to add value to our global mining services activities.

Perenti congratulates the Excellence in Mining finalists, Gina Rinehart and Maria Ruiz, as well as all other finalists and award winners from the Women in Industry Awards. 

To the full Excellence in Mining Award media release.  

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.   

idoba collaborates with Sumitomo Corporation under MOU

idoba, Perenti’s technology driven products and services business, has been operating under a Memorandum of Understanding with Sumitomo Corporation for the co-creation and joint development of digital mining products for the advancement of sustainable mining practices.

Sumitomo is a major investment and trading group, consisting of over 900 companies in 112 countries. Sumitomo will leverage its global mining industry network to bring a unique user perspective that will complement Perenti and idoba’s mining services and technology expertise.

Under the terms of the MOU, Sumitomo and idoba will collaborate and jointly develop digital mining services, including mining process optimisation and carbon footprint management.
• Mining process optimisation – by connecting and analysing mine performance data to predict future performance and provide decision support; and
• Carbon footprint management – to generate predictive decision guidance that will help mine owners on their pathway to net zero carbon equivalent emissions, while optimising cashflow and performance against global emission standards.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said, “Our agreement with Sumitomo is a vote of confidence in idoba’s industry-leading capability. The combination of Sumitomo, idoba and our contract mining expertise will support our business evolving to meet the needs of the ever-changing mining industry and global expectations.

“In idoba we are building an innovation-based business with a focus on helping clients achieve operational excellence and world’s-best environmental performance through product and service development.”

Sarah Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of idoba, said, “The mining industry recognises the value that advanced digital technologies bring to operational performance, asset efficiency and sustainable business.

“The MOU with Sumitomo will help us expand our suite of technology driven products and services to meet the mining industry’s demand for technology and sustainability to be integrated with mining domain expertise, and a human-centred approach.”

Read the full ASX release here.

idoba grows capability with Orelogy and Atomorphis aquisitions

idoba’s strategic acquisitions of two complementary businesses, Orelogy and Atomorphis, are aligned with Perenti’s strategy of establishing digital, innovation and technology services that improve sustainability and operational performance outcomes for the mining industry.

Orelogy are specialist resource consultants with multi-commodity expertise across resource sector project development and management, mine planning and cost modelling optimisation, as well as pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. Orelogy has a track record of delivering significant value across a range of projects and commodities.

Atomorphis is a resource sector data science group that delivers agent-based software modelling capability. Agent-based modelling is the next iteration in Discrete Event Simulation. Their solutions include modelling mine fleet variability in 3D using parameters such as loading rates, payload, spotting and dumping times. This provides mining companies with the ability to model their operations and see the true impact of fleet interactions, increasing productivity and reducing costs.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti, said, “We are extremely pleased to add agile and innovative businesses like Orelogy and Atomorphis into Perenti. The expertise of Orelogy and Atomorphis will add value to our contract mining business and as part of idoba will continue building out the required capability in support of our strategy.

“In idoba we are building an innovation-based business with a focus on helping clients achieve operational excellence and world’s-best environmental performance through product and service development.”

Sarah Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of idoba, said, “The mining industry recognises the value that advanced digital technologies bring to operational performance, asset efficiency and sustainable business.

“The acquisitions of Orelogy and Atomorphis will help us expand our suite of technology driven products and services to meet the mining industry’s demand for technology and sustainability to be integrated with mining domain expertise, and a human-centred approach.”

Read the full ASX release here.

Perenti divests MinAnalytical to ALS Limited


Perenti has announced the divestment of its MinAnalytical subsidiary to ALS Limited for $43.6 million.

Mark Norwell, Managing Director and CEO of Perenti said, “The divestment is part of the ongoing strategic review of the Company’s portfolio, including our services, operating regions and businesses. As we continue to focus on optimising the performance of our business and creating long-term sustainable value for our shareholders, we are pleased to have entered into a binding agreement for the divestment of our MinAnalytical business to ALS.”

“ALS is a premier provider of analytical testing data world-wide and has a track record of acquiring and embedding complementary businesses and analytical technology to deliver value for their clients. MinAnalytical, and the significant new technology offering of the Chrysos PhotonAssay machines, is a natural fit for the ALS portfolio and will benefit greatly from the synergies and economies of scale that ALS can offer.”

“Following the transaction, Perenti will retain our 8% equity holding in Chrysos because we, much like ALS, appreciate the significant current and future value proposition that the Chrysos business represents.”

He added, “In line with our significant focus on liquidity and capital management, the net proceeds of this transaction will be allocated across our portfolio to maximise shareholder value. We will continue to evaluate and progress a number of capital management initiatives designed to generate cash flow, streamline our portfolio, liberate cash, sustainably reduce our leverage ratio and efficiently allocate capital across our business.”

“On behalf of the Group Executive and Perenti Board, I want to thank the MinAnalytical team for their valuable contribution over the past 11 years and wish them every success as they transition to ALS.”

Read the full ASX release here.

Pedestrian Safety the Focus of Underground Mine Technology Partnership

Perenti’s Barminco, Newtrax and Sandvik are partnering to develop a new technology-led solution that improves the safety of pedestrians working near heavy vehicles (HVs) underground.

Between 2008 and 2018, there were 12 fatalities that involved HVs in the underground mining industry in Western Australia. Seven of those deaths were pedestrians.

This statistic is a reminder that these mining machines – that weigh a minimum of 4.5 tonnes and operate in areas of poor visibility – are a significant risk factor for people who work in close proximity to them in an underground environment.

As one of the world’s leading underground mining contractors, Barminco currently operates 25 projects in seven countries and employs more than 5,600 people. Almost all of these employees will be exposed to a working HV during their career. In fact, every hour of every day of the year, there are approximately 2,000 Barminco employees working underground interacting with heavy vehicles.

Barminco’s scale and underground mining expertise, combined with Newtrax’s leading-edge capability to develop collision avoidance systems and the high penetration of Sandvik HVs featuring advanced controls, means this partnership is uniquely positioned to understand how people and equipment interact in underground mines.

Newtrax has developed a collision avoidance system that links “intelligent” cap lamps to the warning system inside the cab of an underground HV. The system provides the vehicle operator with virtual visibility of any pedestrians in the immediate area of their vehicle, along with an escalated warning system to both the pedestrian and operator as the distance between them reduces. This escalation transitions from warning to vehicle intervention, where the HV automatically reduces speed and comes to a controlled stop, when the system senses any pedestrian wearing an intelligent cap lamp in the high-risk zone.

Under the partnership, Newtrax will deploy its next-generation Level 9 Collision Avoidance System across Barminco’s Sandvik fleet, including the supply of intelligent cap lamps with advanced electronic safety features to Barminco’s underground mines. The technology is due to undergo initial testing at one of Barminco’s underground sites in January 2022.

Paul Muller, Perenti Chief Executive Officer, Mining, said the focus of the project was twofold – the safety of its people and the sustainable adoption of the technology industry-wide. 

“The exposure of pedestrians to heavy vehicles underground is a significant risk not just for us, but for everyone involved in the underground mining industry,” Mr Muller said.

“The combination of Newtrax’s technology, our underground operating experience and Sandvik’s role in supplying heavy mining vehicles can put us in a position to offer the entire industry a smart solution to a complex problem.”

Simon Waghorn, Newtrax Regional Vice President – APAC, said the collaboration with Barminco would provide the partners with real-world experience that would help optimise the system as it develops.

“Although the Newtrax Collision Avoidance System is the best available system on the market, many more enhancements are required to accelerate adoption,” Waghorn said. “This partnership with Barminco, a world-class underground hard rock mining contractor, will enable collaborative product development which will result in an even better product for the industry.”

“Barminco is a very important customer for Sandvik and we are pleased to take on the challenge to develop and deliver the industry-leading intervention controllers, to enable slow-to-stop control of the equipment in Barminco’s fleet,” said Wayne Scrivens, Vice President – Sales Area APAC, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.