Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd.t oday reported financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2010.
– For the year, revenues reached $325.5 million and net income reached
$31.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.
– Results for the year reflect strong financial performance since the
initial shipments of high-quality iron ore concentrate from the Bloom
Lake mine in May 2010.
– The Corporation recorded its second quarterly profit in a row in the
fourth quarter with a net income of $42.6 million or $0.18 per diluted
– Cash flow from operating activities was positive for the fourth quarter
and the year 2010 at $14.1 and $8.3 million respectively.
– The acquisition of the Corporation by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is
expected to close early in the second quarter of 2011.
“The year ended December 31, 2010 was marked by significant events that were very positive for our shareholders. We are very proud of the financial results achieved following the start-up of our Bloom Lake mine, the successful financing transactions effected in 2010 and the initiation of the expansion project to double the capacity of the Bloom Lake mine. As a testament to those achievements, shareholders of CLM recently agreed to the Cliffs Natural Resources acquisition of all the outstanding common shares of the Corporation in a transaction valued at $4.9 billion, creating significant value for our shareholders.” said Brian Tobin, Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Thompson.
For the year ended December 31, 2010, the Corporation’s sales volumes reached 2,733,000 WMT of iron ore concentrate, including 1,016,000 WMT in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to nil last year. During the fourth quarter, the activities of the Corporation have been affected by some unplanned shutdowns at the mill which reduced the mill availability, and rail transportation was interrupted for 12 days in December due to the closure of the QNS&L railway following heavy rains, creating a force majeure. As such, iron ore concentrate inventory as at December 31, 2010 accumulated, mostly at the Bloom Lake production facilities.
Sales reached $134.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. For the year ended December 31, 2010, sales were $325.5 million compared to nil in the same period last year. Net income in the fourth quarter was $42.6 million or $0.18 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $21.9 million or $(0.10) per diluted share in the same period last year. For the year ended December 31, 2010, net income was $31.0 million or $0.13 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $60.5 million or $(0.35) per diluted share in the corresponding 2009 period.
Fourth quarter cash flow from operating activities was positive for the second quarter in a row at $14.1 million, compared to $(43.6) million in the fourth quarter of 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, cash flow from operating activities was $8.3 million, compared to $(82.1) million in the corresponding 2009 period.
As at December 31, 2010, the phase I of the investment in the Bloom Lake property was completed (8 MTPY design production capacity). Cumulative investment including the mine and mill, the ancillary rail (including the Arnaud junction section) and port facilities reached $959.4 million.
During the fourth quarter of 2010, the Corporation issued US$230 million of unsecured convertible debentures. The convertible debentures mature on November 30, 2017 and bear interest at a rate of 5.0% per annum. The Corporation also entered into a US$250 million senior secured revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks. This facility has a maturity of December 2014 and can be used for general corporate purposes. As at December 31, 2010, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $234.1 million, compared to $184.9 million as at December 31, 2009.
Acquisition of the Corporation by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
On January 11, 2011, the Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement (“Arrangement Agreement”) pursuant to which Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. will acquire all the outstanding common shares of the Corporation by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) for C$17.25 per share in cash. The Corporation’s Board of Directors has unanimously determined to recommend that the Corporation shareholders vote in favour of the Arrangement. Concurrently with the announcement, WISCO and its related entities which hold approximately 19% of the outstanding common shares of the Corporation as well as directors, senior officers and other insiders have entered into support agreements pursuant to which they have all agreed to vote their common shares in favour of the Arrangement.
On February 25, 2011, the Arrangement has been approved by 97% of the votes cast at the special shareholders meeting. On February 28, 2011, the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a “no-action” letter, which constitutes clearance under the Competition Act pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement. The Corporation appeared in the Superior court of Quebec on March 1, 2011 and obtained the final order to proceed with the Arrangement.
The transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2011, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions.
All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
The Corporation reports sales volumes in wet metric tons (“WMT”). The Q4 and full year 2010 MD&A, and the 2010 consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes have been filed on SEDAR and may also be found at http://www.consolidatedthompson.com/s/Investors.asp.