- EPC contract signed with Grupo Sarralle
- Construction completion targeted for September 2019
- Annual zinc production expected to increase from 33 million pounds in 2017 to 60 million pounds, attributable to the BST JV (100%)
- EBITDA is expected to more than double from C$22.0 million recorded in 2017 to C$47.9 million attributable to the BST JV (100%), at current zinc prices and exchange rates
- Net income from the BST JV attributable to Global Atomic is expected to increase from C$6.9 million in 2017 to C$17.2, at current zinc prices and exchange rates
TORONTO, June 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Atomic Corporation (“Global Atomic” or the “Company”), (TSX-V:GLO) is pleased to announce it has signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contract with Grupo Sarralle, headquartered in Spain, to complete the expansion of its electric arc furnace dust (“EAFD”) plant in Iskenderun, Turkey. Costs for expansion will be funded through forecasted cash flow and lines of credit available to the Befesa Silvermet Turkey, S.L. (“BST”) joint venture, of which Global Atomic holds a 49% interest. Expansion costs are estimated at US$26 million, of which US$24 million is a fixed price EPC contract.
The expansion project will modernize the entire processing plant, expanding throughput to 110,000 tonnes of EAFD processing capacity per annum and producing approximately 60 million pounds of zinc in concentrate, attributable to the BST Joint Venture. At expanded production levels and assuming current zinc and foreign exchange prices, EBITDA is forecasted to more than double to C$47.9 million, implying C$23.4 million in EBITDA for Global Atomic’s 49% interest. Net income attributable to the Company’s interest in the BST JV is expected to grow to C$17.2 million.
Stephen G. Roman, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “This is a pivotal point for the Company. Within a year we expect plant expansion and modernization to be completed, which will double our annual cash flows. Our expectation is the expansion will be a significant value catalyst going forward.”
Production and financial projections may change do to varying underlying assumptions including, but not limited to, availability of EAFD to process, future price of zinc, currency exchange rates, ability for equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, and credit availability.
About Global Atomic
Global Atomic is a TSX Venture listed company providing a unique combination of high grade uranium development and cash flowing zinc concentrate production.
The Company’s Uranium Division includes six exploration permits in the Republic of Niger covering an area of approximately 750 km2. Uranium mineralization has been identified on each of the permits, with the most significant discovery being the DASA deposit situated on the Adrar Emoles III concession, discovered in 2010 by Global Atomic geologists through grassroots field exploration.
Global Atomics’ Base Metals Division holds a 49% interest in BST, which operates a processing facility located in Iskenderun, Turkey that converts Electric Arc Furnace Dust into a high-grade zinc oxide concentrate and sold to zinc smelters around the world. The Company’s joint venture partner, Befesa Zinc S.A.U. (“Befesa”, listed on the Frankfurt exchange under ‘BFSA’), holds a 51% interest in and is the operator of BST. Befesa is a market leader in EAFD recycling, capturing approximately 50% of the European EAFD market with facilities located throughout Europe and Korea.
|Stephen G. Roman||George A. Flach, P.Geo.|
|Chairman, President & CEO||Vice President, Exploration|
|Tel: (416) 368-3949||Tel: (416) 368-3949|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
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