Grange Resources (ASX: GRR) has slid -4.15% today after unveiling the company’s quarterly report for the period ending 31 March.
It could be a case of unlucky timing for the miner. Today’s been rough for materials companies, with the S&P/ASX 200 Materials index falling -4.8%.
Despite today’s drop, Grange – which operates iron ore mining and pellet production projects – is still up 68.21% year-to-date.
“Iron ore prices strengthened throughout the first quarter of 2022 from a period of weakness in the last quarter in 2021,” says CEO Honglin Zhao.
“We continue to see strong demand for our high-grade, low-impurity iron ore pellets.”
Iron Ore prices are up about 17% since the start of 2022.
The company’s iron ore pellet sales decreased about -26% for the quarter to 479kt, compared with 647kt for the December quarter. The company chalked the loss down to annual scheduled maintenance.
While sales numbers declined, the average received prices for the pellets lifted about 26.8% to $307.72/t, up from $226.71 for the December quarter.
Cash operating costs increased slightly for the recent quarter, up to $104.24/t. By comparison, the previous period has operating costs of $103.69/t.
As of March 31, the company has $356.93m of cash and liquid investments, along with trade receivables of $63.39m.
At the end of the December quarter, the company had cash and liquid investments of $463.48 million and trade receivables of $18.82 million.
Thanks to what Zhao describes as “a strong cash position,” the company will pay a fully-franked final dividend of 10 cents per share, representing a total value of $115.73m.
The company is currently progressing optimisation studies for the life-of-mine plan at the Savage River project, along with the definitive feasibility study of the Southdown magnetite project.
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