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17 Jul 2024, 20:30 PM

Delta Dunia Group Acquires US Mining Company USD 122.4 Million
PT Delta Dunia Makmur Tbk (Delta Dunia Group) has completed the acquisition of mining company Atlantic Carbon Group (ACG) for USD 122.4 million. Through this acquisition, the company ensures ownership of four very high grade anthracite (a type of low-emission coal) mines in Pennsylvania, United States.Delta Dunia Group President Director Ronald Sutardja explained that the acquisition of the US mining company was carried out through the American Anthracite SPV I, LLC entity as a subsidiary under PT Bukit Makmur International (BUMA International). With the acquisition, the company's revenue is projected to increase by USD 120-130 million per year from 2024 to 2028.“With the long operational life of four active ACG mines that can support more than 25 years of mining and production of up to 25 million tons of low-carbon steel per year,” he said in the company's official statement, Tuesday (9/7/2024).In addition, this move is also considered to significantly diversify the Group's revenue, increasing the portion of revenue from non-thermal coal from 19% in FY2023 to 28% in FY2024. This is in line with the Group's strategic objective to reduce dependency on thermal coal.Previously, BUMA has also expanded its global network by acquiring BUMA Australia in 2021. Since then, BUMA has not only successfully built a network in one of the world's leading mining centers, but also expanded their services to metallurgical coal.According to Ronald, this strategic expansion has resulted in BUMA Australia's order book quadrupling by 2022, significantly improving the Group's operational performance.“This acquisition enables ACG and BUMA's operations in Indonesia and Australia, along with our other associated businesses, to leverage on each other's extensive experience, best practices and innovative approaches in safety, mining operations and management.”On the other hand, ACG CEO Eric Martin, welcomed the completion of the acquisition of the mining company he leads. According to him, this acquisition will have a very good impact on the company as a whole, especially in terms of growth and innovation.“ACG continues to show consistent growth, supported by strong market demand and favorable UHG (Ultra High Grade) anthracite prices. Being part of Delta Dunia Group opens up new opportunities for growth and innovation,” Eric said.“With BUMA's renowned expertise in seamlessly integrating acquisitions and their operational excellence, we are poised to significantly increase our production capacity. We look forward to leveraging their extensive industry experience to unlock new potential and drive major advancements in our operational strategy,” he concluded.
16 Jul 2024, 21:06 PM

Harita Nickel (NCKL) Optimistic to Achieve 2024 Production Target

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PT Trimegah Bangun Persada Tbk (NCKL) is optimistic about achieving its production target this year. This target will be supported by the last or third line of the High Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) smelter which will start operating in August 2024 and fully operational in October / November 2024.Head of Investor Relations Harita Nickel Lukito Gozali said, FeNi production target (PT MSP + PT HJF) for 2024 is 120,000 tons of nickel content and MHP production (PT Halmahera Persada Lygend or HPL + PT Obi Nickel Cobalt or ONC) is 75,000 - 85,000 tons of nickel content.“We are committed to continuing to produce in accordance with the installed capacity, and until the first quarter of 2024, our production results are still higher than the existing installed capacity,” Lukito told Kontan, Thursday (11/7).Lukito explained, according to the report for the first quarter of 2024, Harita Nickel's production results include 30,434 tons of nickel content in FeNi, which is above the installed capacity of 30,000 tons of nickel content in FeNi (PT MSP + PT HJF). In addition, 16,717 tons of nickel content in MHP, above the installed capacity of 13,750 tons of nickel content in MHP (only PT HPL, PT ONC began production in the second quarter).Kontan notes, President Director of Harita Nickel Roy Arman Arfandy said that currently in the global market there is indeed a decline in nickel prices which also affects the income of world nickel companies including in Indonesia.“This decline depends on various factors. The first factor is geopolitical tension, the war in Ukrania and Russia and the war in the Middle East. It all encourages the volatility of nickel prices,” he said when met by Kontan at the Public Expose event in the South Jakarta area, Thursday (27/06).Apart from geopolitics, Roy admitted that the decline in prices was also influenced by the oversupply of nickel in Indonesia. Even so, he is optimistic that the decline in nickel prices this year will not last long. Because in March 2024, nickel prices have started to show an increase.
16 Jul 2024, 21:02 PM

PT Timah Invests IDR 38.7 Billion for Exploration in the Q2 2024

Timah Tbk (TINS) reported exploration activities in Bangka Waters and Kundur waters carried out during the second quarter of 2024 or the April-June 2024 period.TINS management in its statement quoted from information disclosure, Thursday (11/7), said that this exploration activity focused on tin commodities with a cost of IDR 38.70 billion with details for operational activities amounting to IDR 38.70 billion and investment costs of IDR 0.Exploration activities at sea in that period included detailed drilling activities in Bangka Waters and Kundur Waters using 3 units of drill ships and 1 unit of pontoon and 4 units of drill ships with a drill meter toll of 7,767.80 meters.Onshore exploration activities in Q2-2024 include geomagnetic survey mapping and tin drilling (primary and alluvial) and guide drilling in Bangka and Belitung Waters with a total drill meters of 636.25 meters.Meanwhile, the plan for exploration activities in the third quarter of 2024 is to continue activities and evaluate the previous month's activities. Drilling activities at sea are planned using 5 drill ships allocated in Bangka and Kundur Waters while land activities for tin drilling (primary and alluvial) and guide drilling on Bangka and Belitung Islands.The following exploration activities are geophysical ground magnetic surveys in the Penyamun area as well as bathymetric topographic surveys in the Dante sea and Permis sea and continuing topographic surveys in Bangka and Belitung.
16 Jul 2024, 20:57 PM

RMK Energy Tbk (RMKE) Records Coal Sales of 1.2 Million Tons as of June 2024

PT RMK Energy Tbk (RMKE) recorded an increase in coal sales of around 6.5% to 1.2 million metric tons in June 2024. The company has achieved its 2024 coal sales target by 34.1%.President Director of RMKE, Vincent Saputra said, the growth in coal sales volume was supported by the production growth of the in-house mine, PT Truba Bara Banyu Enim (TBBE) which produced 92.4 thousand metric tons in June 2024. With a monthly increase of around 31.8%, it has successfully met its annual target of 30.7%. “The increase in coal production volume in June was supported by weather conditions that began to improve in the second quarter of 2024,” Vincent said in an official statement, Wednesday (8/7).According to him, in the second quarter of this year the weather became more friendly. The volume of the coal sales segment in June 2024 continued to increase significantly. With improved operational performance, said Vincent, this will also have a positive impact on financial performance in the second quarter of this year. Not only TBBE, the production of several mines in the South Sumatra area has also improved so that RMKE's barge loading volume has also increased. Vincent Saputra said that in the second quarter of this year the weather became more friendly, the volume of coal sales segment in June 2024 continued to increase significantly.In addition, it is planned that this year RMKE will also develop its coal logistics business outside the South Sumatra area by collaborating with new mines.“With expansion opportunities outside South Sumatra and more collaborations, we are increasingly optimistic to be able to maintain sustainable growth in operational and financial performance,” he concluded. 
16 Jul 2024, 20:53 PM

Amman Mineral Smelter is expected to start production in Q4 2024

PT Amman Mineral Internasional Tbk (AMMN) through its subsidiary, PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (AMNT), is expected to start copper cathode production in the fourth quarter of 2024 is expected to start copper cathode production in the fourth quarter of 2024.The company is currently completing the commissioning process of the copper smelter in West Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).As of May 31, 2024, the progress of the project, which is a National Strategic Project (PSN), has reached 95.5 percent.AMNT President Director Rachmat Makkasau in an official statement in Jakarta, Saturday, explained that the smelter is designed to have an installed input capacity of 900 thousand tons of concentrate per year (ktpa).“In addition, the smelter will produce final products in the form of 222 thousand tons of copper cathode per year (tpa), as well as sulfuric acid, gold bars, silver bars, and selenium,” Rachmat said.He continued, currently the physical construction and mechanical completion have been completed, and the progress of the smelter leaves another 5 percent, which is the commissioning stage that is in process.“The commissioning process, which began in early June 2024, is scheduled to last for five months,” Rachmat said.During this period, various stages of equipment and infrastructure testing will be carried out to ensure all systems function optimally before starting commercial production.“One of the stages in the commissioning process is the entry of copper concentrate as a smelter feed. Meanwhile, the first copper cathode production from the smelter is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024,” Rachmat said.By 2023, AMNT's contribution to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of West Sumbawa Regency will be 82 percent.In constructing the smelter, AMNT is working with international contractors, including China Non-ferrous Metal Industry's Foreign Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd (NFC) and PT Pengembangan Industri Logam (PT PIL).“We expect this project to be one of the fastest double-flash smelting facilities built outside China,” Rachmat said.The company obtained certification for the National Vital Object Security Management System (SMP Obvitnas) from the National Police Headquarters, with a Gold category and a compliance value of 90.44 percent. based on Presidential Decree No. 63 of 2004 and Indonesian National Police Regulation No. 7 of 2019, which regulates the security of national vital objects.Rachmat explained that the certification confirms the company's commitment to implementing best practices in security management.“This success is also a strategic step in eliminating potential threats and disturbances, and systematically improving operational security,” Rachmat said.In addition, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding & Technical Work Guidelines for National Security Services with the NTB Police to strengthen security and supervision during the smelter construction process. This step is in line with the company's efforts to strengthen its recently certified security management system.
16 Jul 2024, 20:46 PM

Merdeka Battery (MBMA) Adds Nickel Resources

PT Merdeka Battery Materials Tbk (MBMA) is actively conducting exploration activities to increase the company's nickel resource reserves. Most recently, this subsidiary of PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk (MDKA) spent USD 1.2 million or equivalent to IDR 19 billion for exploration at the Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral (SCM) nickel mine, Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi, in the second quarter of 2024.“MBMA has an active exploration program focused on delineating additional nickel resources at the SCM mine. During the second quarter of 2024, MBMA has completed exploration activities with a total estimated cost incurred for the SCM mine of IDR 19 billion,” MBMA management wrote in an official statement quoted on Sunday (14/7/2024).MBMA's management said the costs were incurred for drilling to determine the mine life resource and related test work. “All work was completed by PT Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral, with testing methods of diamond drilling, geological mapping, sampling, and geophysical surveys (ground penetration radar/GPR),” said MBMA management.MBMA management revealed that the areas selected for the exploration drilling program are areas close to the current mine pit, and in line with future mining plans. From the exploration during the second quarter of 2024, 353 drill holes were completed with a total depth of 8,639 meters.“Other activities include a 45.3 km GPR survey in the PB area, geological mapping, and 270 ha of sampling at BR2&3 South, and DS East,” MBMA management wrote.The diamond drilling (DD) program will continue using 16 drill rigs for resource/infill and exploration drilling. GPR surveys and geological mapping will continue for further exploration drilling targets.The SCM Mine is a global-scale, high-quality and low-cost mining operation located in a 21,100 hectare concession area. Previously owned by Rio Tinto, the SCM Mine contains approximately 13.8 million tons of nickel (1.22% Ni grade) and 1.0 million tons of cobalt (0.08% Co grade) with a multi-decade mine life.The SCM Mine's 77% limonite ore is used to produce Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate (MHP), which can be converted into nickel sulfate for the production of electric vehicle (EV) battery feedstock. The saprolite ore produced will be sent to MBMA's RKEF smelter in Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) for further processing into Nickel Pig Iron (NPI).
16 Jul 2024, 20:14 PM

Far East Gold to purchase Indonesian gold project amid board changes
Far East Gold (ASX:FEG) has entered into an agreement with PT Iriana Mutiara Idenburg to acquire the 95,280 hectare Idenburg Gold Project in the Indonesian province Papua.The Idenburg Project has over USD 25 million in historical exploration and has attracted some of the world’s “largest” gold producers to explore the property including Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD), Newmont Corporation (ASX:NEM), and Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM). Under the binding term sheet, Far East Gold, which has a market capitalisation of USD 32.19 million, made an initial payment of USD 150,000 and has a three month exclusivity period to complete a binding conditional share purchase agreement (CSPA). The exclusivity period may be extended up to three times by mutual agreement, and must pay USD 50,000 for each 30-day period. Upon securing a 51% interest in the project, Far East will pay a further USD 250,000 once the CSPA has been signed. They will then issue at least 2.5 million shares based on a issue price of at least USD 0.10 per share, spend USD 5 million within 24 months of signing the CSPA, and issue $6.5 million worth of shares. Far East Gold will also complete a Feasibility Study in Indonesia to allow the contract of work to move from an exploration phase to a 30-year mining operation phase, upon moving to holding an 80% interest in the project. Meanwhile, to move to 100% interest, the vendors may elect to have the remaining 20% economic interest either carried on terms to be agreed in the CSPA or converted to a 2% net smelter royalty. Managing Director Shane Menere says the Idenburg Project is being acquired from the same local partner who owns the Woyla contract of work that Far East Gold is exploring. “Given the strong interest shown in the Idenburg Project by numerous parties, the fact that Far East Gold has been given the opportunity to further develop the project is an endorsement of the work that has been done to date by the highly experienced Far East Gold team, including being the first company in the Woyla contract of work’s history to successfully drill the project,” he says. “It is rare to find a project of such calibre with a substantial historical database of work completed by many of the world’s major gold miners.“We are very excited based on the extensive historical database of exploration work and many high-grade drill intercepts that demonstrate the potential for Idenburg to host a multi-million ounce company maker”  Far East Gold notes of the 14 prospect areas identified, only five prospects have been drill tested focused within three main prospects. The mineralised zones intersected at each of the three prospects remain open along strike and to depth.The company also announces the resignation of both Chairman Paul Walker and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director on the Board Marc Denovan, effective immediately.Walker, who has been a founder and Chairman of Far East Gold since the company’s inception, will be focusing on his consultancy business. He will remain on the board as a non-executive director.Far East Gold co-founder Justin Werner has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of the company, effective immediately. Werner has been involved in the Indonesian mining industry for more than 20 years and has knowledge in resource discovery and mine development.Denovan, who is leaving to focus on his family business, is replaced as CFO by Kyla Garic, effective immediately.Far East Gold is a copper and gold-focused explorer with six advanced projects in Australia and Indonesia. 
09 Jul 2024, 14:44 PM

Central Omega (DKFT) Becomes Controller of Smelter Company

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PT Central Omega Resources Tbk (DKFT) announced that there had been a sale of shares by PT Mocrolink Nickel Development (MND) in two subsidiaries, namely PT Macrolink Omega Adiperkasa (MOA) and COR Industri Indonesia (CORII). This sale will take place on July 1, 2024.DKFT Director, Feni Silviani Budiman, stated in his written statement that MND had sold 4,500,000 MOA shares, which is equivalent to 60%, to DKFT with a transaction value of IDR 1.Apart from that, MND also sold 268,892 CORII shares, equivalent to 40%, to MOA with a transaction value of IDR 1.With this transaction, DKFT now owns 7,499,900 MOA shares, equivalent to 99.99%, while Andi Jaya owns 100 shares, equivalent to 0.001%.On the other hand, DKFT also owns 391,776 CORII shares, equivalent to 59.30%, while MOA now owns 268,668 CORII shares, equivalent to 40.70%.Feni added that with this transaction, DKFT is now the controlling shareholder in MOA and remains the controlling shareholder in CORII. This shows DKFT's strategic steps in strengthening its position in the nickel industry.CORII is a subsidiary of the Company which operates in the field of nickel ore processing (smelter). Since November 2021 until now, CORII is not operating due to the maintenance program.There are similarities in the members of the Board of Commissioners and Directors between CORII and MOA. Meanwhile, MIM is a party that is not affiliated with the Company. "However, this affiliate transaction is not a conflict of interest transaction as intended in POJK 42/2020," wrote management.
09 Jul 2024, 14:42 PM

Building a Nickel Smelter, HRUM Disburses Loans of Up to IDR 9.49 trillion to Subsidiaries
PT Harum Energy Tbk's ambition to develop the nickel business seems to be no joke. HRUM, through its subsidiary, namely Tanito Harum Nickel (THN), disbursed a loan of up to USD 580 million or the equivalent of Rp. 9.49 trillion to PT Blue Sparking Energy (BSE). Both parties have signed a loan agreement on June 26, 2024.Withdrawals on loans can be made more than once. This loan bears interest on the principal amount outstanding at a Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) of 2.7% per year.This is an affiliate loan. For your information, Blue Sparking Energy is a subsidiary of HRUM. The reason is, HRUM through Tanito Harum Nickel owns 51% of Blue Sparking Energy shares. Meanwhile, HRUM controls 99% of the shares in Tanito Harum Nickel.In an information disclosure on the Indonesian Stock Exchange, HRUM Management explained that this loan transaction was a form of continuation of the nickel mining and processing business. Blue Sparking Energy is currently in the development and construction stage of a nickel processing project, namely high pressure acid leaching (HPAL) located in Central Halmahera.This project is designed to produce nickel-cobalt hydroxide intermediate product, namely MHP or mixed hydroxide precipitate with an installed capacity of around 67,000 tons (plus or minus 10%) of nickel equivalent and around 7,500 tons (plus or minus 10%) of cobalt."The loan agreement is to finance the development and construction of Blue Sparking Energy's project, working capital, and for general purposes and company investment," explained HRUM management.Depressed performanceAs of quarter I-2024, HRUM posted revenue of USD 265.97 million or a decrease of 9.68% from revenue in quarter I-2023 which reached USD 294.50 million. There are several factors that influence HRUM's performance.First, coal sales volume in the first quarter of 2024 fell 9.6% quarterly and 9.1% annually, aka year on year (yoy) to 1.7 million tons.Second, the average selling price (ASP) of HRUM coal fell 37.9% yoy to USD 99.9 per ton compared to the ASP of coal in the same period last year which reached USD 160.9 per ton.From the bottom line, HRUM's net profit shrank 99.04% to only USD 987,319 from previously reaching UD 103.02 million in the same period last year. One of the causes of this decline in net profit is the completion of the nickel company acquisition process.In January 2024, HRUM's subsidiary, namely PT Harum Nickel Industry (HNI), acquired an additional 60.7% stake in WEstrong Metal Industry (WMI) with an acquisition cost of USD  215 million. This additional acquisition resulted in an increase in share ownership in WMI from only 20.0% to 80.7%.With the completion of the transaction, there is an adjustment to the fair value of the asset, where WMI's liabilities identified before the transaction date are remeasured and reflected as an accounting adjustment. The negative adjustment resulting from this remeasurement amounted to USD  30.7 million which will be charged in the first quarter of 2024. This combination of factors is what makes HRUM's net profit depressed.



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