Cash Consideration of AU$39.5 million Completes Balla Balla Sale
Following a variation of the sale agreement, the total cash consideration of AU$39.5 million was paid to Atlas prior to settlement rather than in two tranches (AU$17.5 million on settlement and AU$22.5 million 12 months later) as originally announced in December 2011.
Forge has demonstrated significant capability in completing the Balla Balla purchase and has made substantial progress towards developing the project with the introduction of a partner, in Todd Capital Limited, a division of the Todd Corporation ("Todd"), which is a private company based in New Zealand). Forge has previously announced that Todd will acquire a 25% ownership interest in Balla Balla.
As a result Atlas looks forward to receiving a royalty stream arising from the projects' future production. Details of the royalty payments are outlined below:
a. A 4% royalty on revenue, after government taxes and royalties, shall be paid to Atlas from the initial 5.5 million tonnes of contained Fe within magnetite concentrate sales and 200,000 tonnes of contained TiO2 within ilmenite sales. The value of this royalty stream will be determined by the price achieved at the time these tonnages are sold by Forge.
b. Upon completion of the 4% royalty tonnages, the royalty shall drop to 1% of revenue, after government taxes and royalties, on remaining tonnages up to a total of 36,000,000 tonnes of contained Fe within magnetite concentrate sales and 1,200,000 tonnes of contained TiO2 within ilmenite sales. The value of this royalty stream will be determined by the price achieved at the time these tonnages are sold by Forge.
The settlement of the Balla Balla sale is part of Atlas' strategy to grow its Pilbara Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) business rapidly, with its iron ore production rate forecast to increase from 6Mtpa currently to 8Mtpa by early 2013 and 12Mtpa by December 2013. Atlas is targeting production of up to 46Mtpa by 2017.
Atlas' DSO projects are characterised by low capital expenditure and globally competitive operating costs, contributing to Atlas' ability to generate significant operating cash flows. As a result the Company is well positioned to fund its Pilbara growth objectives.
About Atlas Iron Limited
Atlas Iron Limited (ASX:AGO) is an independent Australian iron ore company, mining and exporting Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) from its operations in the Northern Pilbara region of Western Australia. Since listing on the ASX in late 2004, Atlas has grown rapidly and is now a member of the ASX100 index.
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