Red River Resources has solid final quarter, more copper and better earnings: Hartleys

Red River Resources Limited (ASX:RVR) achieved record copper production at its Thalanga Operation in Northern Queensland for the quarter ending June 30, 2020.

An increase in copper grade of ore milled to 1.0% and a record copper recovery to copper concentrate of 84.7% resulted in quarterly production of 2,697 tonnes of high-quality copper concentrate, compared to 2,310 tonnes in the previous quarter.

Hartleys has increased the price target for Red River to 20 cents per share from 19 cents (current price: 12 cents) following the release of June quarterly figures.

The following is an extract from Hartleys research update:

Red River Resources (RVR) reported stable production from its Thalanga Operations in Northern QLD in the JunQ, with production of 4,544t of zinc (+5% qoq), 1,133t of lead (+1% qoq) and 2,697t of copper (+17% qoq, record result) concentrates. The Thalanga Operations reported a positive site EBITDA of A$3.5M (up from negative A$2.6M MarQ), with increased revenue, lower concentrate treatment charges and improved operating costs.

Cash at bank at JunQ end was A$8.1M (down 36% from A$12.7M), after payment of A$3.3M on Far West mine development, A$0.2M on exploration and A$1.5M (US$1M) debt repayment from a facility provided by metal trader Trafigura. Debt is now ~A$7.3m (US$5M) and due to be repaid by 30Sep20. Another US$5M (~A$7.3M) is available to draw for Thalanga, should it be required. RVR has a good working relationship with Trafigura (offtake partner for zinc and lead concentrates), and some flexibility could likely be afforded for the repayment schedule, though not guaranteed. Due to sales timing, a gold concentrate shipment provided another US$1.6M for estimated cash of A$10.4M and Net Cash position A$3.1M. We also note RVR ended the JunQ with higher concentrate inventories further improving the balance sheet.

JunQ result largely in-line

Processed throughput for the JunQ was 82Kt (-2% qoq) at a ~9.2% ZnEq grade (up 8% qoq), with improved zinc, lead and copper recoveries for 5% more zinc concentrate, 1% more lead concentrate and 17% higher copper concentrate production qoq. Payable zinc metal production was 4.6Mlb (up 5% qoq). Reported payable C1 cash costs of US$0.30/lb Zn (down 59%) and C3 costs of US$0.86/lb Zn (down 29%). We had previously forecast slightly higher throughput with zinc, lead grades in-line but lower copper grade. The historic gold tailings processed through Thalanga produced 475dmt of gold in concentrate grading over 62g/t Au for ~950oz and net revenues of US$1.6M.

FY20 delivered less zinc and lead, but more copper

In FY20, RVR delivered payable zinc metal production of 18.8Mlb (or 8.5kt) at a reported C3 cost of US$1.27/lb payable Zn, down from payable zinc metal production of 34.5Mlb (or 15.7kt) at C3 cost of US$0.87/lb payabRead More – Source